The head of a South Baltimore political club says he has filed a misdemeanor assault charge against Councilman Edward I. Reisinger, who he says punched him in the mouth after an argument last Saturday.
James M. Goble, president of the Universal Democratic Club, said he filed the summons against Reisinger yesterday in District Court. A Sept. 17 trial date has been set in Westside District Court, 5800 Wabash Ave., Goble said.
Goble, whose group is the largest Democratic organization in the councilmanic 6th District, said Reisinger punched him in the mouth outside the Purple Goose tavern on Washington Boulevard.
"I'm really embarrassed about it more than anything," Goble said. "With this, a City Council person is totally out of character."
Last night, Reisinger, D-6th, again denied hitting Goble. He said he visited Goble outside the tavern to smooth out a disagreement. He said he planned to counter the summons by filing an assault charge against Goble, who he said pushed him during the incident.
"Even though his story is fabricated, I was going to let it die and do what I have to do to win re-election," said Reisinger, who was appointed to the council last year to replace the late William J. Myers. "I think Jim Goble is overreacting, as he did before."
Reisinger said many Democrats in the district affirmed their support for him after Goble's allegations were published yesterday in The Evening Sun.
Goble said the incident started when he telephoned Reisinger from the Purple Goose to discuss a disagreement. He said he became angry and hung up on the councilman.
Moments later, Goble said, Reisinger drove to the tavern and approached him. He said he pointed his finger at the councilman and Reisinger punched him several times.
"His punch didn't have much behind it. He's no Mike Tyson," said Goble. He said the blows bruised his face, but a police report filed after the incident said the responding officer observed no injuries to Goble and found no witnesses.
Goble's club is due to decide whether to rescind its support for Reisinger's re-election.