UPDATE: Man attacked had an anti-Obama poster. Read the full story here.
A man campaigning for President Barack Obama’s re-election in front of the Bank of America on Fell Street in San Francisco was attacked by two transients Monday, police said.
The victim, a 29-year-old Daly City man, had set up a table with political literature and a sign supporting the president in the 1200 block of Fell Street when attackers “took offense” to the campaign pitch, Park Station police Capt. Denis O’Leary said.
The suspects, an Asian man and white woman, said nothing that would indicate a party affiliation or distaste for the president, O’Leary said. They tore one of the signs and shook the victim’s table, causing campaign literature to fall, he said.
When the victim tried to defend himself, he was kicked in the hand. The assailant had attempted to kick him in the chest, O’Leary said.
The suspects fled before cops arrived.
“I don’t know what brought this on,” the police captain said.
The suspects, who had dogs with them, are believed to frequent Golden Gate Park, O’Leary said.
The victim’s campaign table was set up in conjunction with President Obama’s announcement Monday that he was running for reelection in 2012.
Police are actively hunting the assailants. The Asian man had long black hair, was wearing a gray baseball cap, gray sweatshirt and dark jeans, O'Leary said. The woman is about 5 feet 6 inches tall with long, curly brown hair, he said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.