SUNNYSIDE, Wash.-- Arguments and mudslinging are pretty common in today's political forums, but it rarely turns into an actual fist fight.
Tuesday though, two local politicians appeared in a Sunnyside courtroom to face charges stemming from an August altercation.
It's a surprising case involving the 15th Legislative District democratic chairman and a candidate running for that district's seat.
Pablo Gonzalez, 21, is running for the State House of Representatives.
In court documents obtained by NBC Right Now, Gonzalez alleges that Donicio Marichalar choked him during an argument at the party's office in Sunnyside.
Gonzalez says he punched the chairman multiple times to defend himself.
But Marichalar is telling a very different story. He says Gonzalez began attacking him, and was forced to grab him by the throat to restrain him.
Both men have filed assault charges against each other.
"The elements of that charge that have to be proven upon your trial will be that you intentionally, unlawfully touched another human being or that you inured that person," said Judge Pro-Tem, J. Maxwell.
He issued a gag order at the request of Gonzalez' attorney. So both men involved are not able to comment on the case at this time.
After court though, Gonzalez said that he is still focused on the issues, and getting elected to help his district.