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Prominent Democratic consultant, David Mercer, remains in hospital after assault in DC

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A prominent Democratic consultant assaulted on Capitol Hill remains in the hospital Tuesday.

David Mercer was badly beaten last Thursday at a 7-Eleven store at 8th Street and Maryland Avenue in Northeast D.C.

"This is not a random assault. We do not believe this involved a robbery, but there was a dispute between the complainant and another individual and it turned physical at some point," said D.C. Police Commander George Kucik.

Mercer is a well-known Democratic strategist who has appeared on national television shows, including on the FOX News Channel. He served as Deputy National Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee and has been a major fundraiser for the Democratic Party, working with five presidential campaigns.

Commander Kucik told reporters Tuesday that Mercer's televised political views had no role in this incident.

"Our investigation at this point is ongoing," Kucik said. "We believe we've identified all the parties involved and we're currently in the process of continuing to interview everybody and sort out what happened."

Police say there is surveillance video from the 7-Eleven, but they are not saying whether the assault was captured on tape.

Sources tell FOX 5 Mercer's condition is improving and he is now breathing on his own.

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