Details are being released now about a western Iowa legislator’s weekend run-in with a man who had allegedly been harassing him. Forty-six-year old David Whetstone‘s face met with the business end of a lawmaker‘s gun Saturday, outside of the Cass County Courthouse in Atlantic. Whetstone, of Adair called Republican Representative Clel Baudler, of Greenfield, early Friday morning and allegedly threatened to send him to the hospital “in a body bag,” when he met up with him at a legislative coffee held in Atlantic.
When Baudler arrived in Atlantic, Whetstone followed Baudler’s pickup and nearly struck it. Baudler — a former state trooper — called 9-1-1 and told authorities to meet him at the courthouse. When he pulled into the driveway, Whetstone followed, and as Whetstone approached the pickup and stuck his head in the door, Baudler held up a gun which struck Whetstone on the face.
Whetstone was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Additional charges are possible. Baulder says Whetstone was upset with him over a matter concerning the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office that Baudler said should be handled through a lawyer.