2 Democratic lawmakers scuffle in Michigan House - WNEM TV 5

2 Democratic lawmakers scuffle in Michigan House

David Nathan David Nathan
Harvey Santana Harvey Santana

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -  A lawmaker says a confrontation on the floor of the Michigan House involving a colleague has been blown out proportion.

Rep. David Nathan and Rep. Harvey Santana, both Detroit Democrats, were involved in an incident late Thursday as the House neared the end of a 12-hour session.

Nathan was at his seat when Santana approached his desk. Other lawmakers and House sergeants moved in to keep them separated.

Nathan said Friday the swarm around his desk made the incident look bigger than it was. He said no punches were thrown and the incident "really wasn't anything."

Nathan says Democrats are "frustrated" after a year as the House's minority party after being asked what sparked it.

He says Republicans aren't giving Democrats opportunities to participate in the legislative process, causing tensions.

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