A New Mexico sheriff running for Mayor of Albuquerque was interrupted at a campaign rally by a flying drone with an attached sex toy and a man who called him a “tyrant” while he was waving his fist.
The campaign group for Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said the Democrat was unharmed and “not intimidated”.
A video posted to Facebook shows Gonzales answering questions from the audience while standing on a stage at an event center when the drone begins to hum with the sex toy near the stage.
A sheriff’s office report shows that the venue’s owner grabbed the device and that a 20-year-old, Kaelan Ashby Dreyer, tried to grab it too.
The report said Dreyer then turned to Gonzales, brandished his fist, and called him a tyrant. One MP wrote that Dreyer slapped Gonzales in the hands and was then removed from the event.
Gonzales said at a press conference Wednesday that he believed Dreyer was with several companions and saw someone on the other side of a fence who he believes was flying the drone. “It was so distracting from the sound and everything that I couldn’t really convey,” said Gonzales.
Dreyer has been charged with minor offenses and with an offense that resists, evades, or hinders an officer. According to a MP for the report, Dreyer said he had no plans to meet Gonzales but was upset by the way the sheriff answered a question and intended to wave his fist in the air.
Gonzales hinted on Wednesday that the stunt with the drone may have been sent by the rival campaign run by incumbent Mayor Tim Keller, also a Democrat.
Keller’s campaign condemned the stunt as “disruptive, rude and immature” and denied any involvement. “To say we’re behind this is pathetic and the kind of desperation that characterizes Manny’s troubled campaign,” said Keller’s campaign manager Neri Holguin.
Dreyer denied working for Keller’s campaign and said he wasn’t a fan of the incumbent either, the Albuquerque Journal reported. He declined to comment.