Rand Paul, Jack Conway Supporters Involved In Post-Debate Assault Incidents
After the fireworks of their previous encounter, last night’s Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate was relatively quiescent (probably because it was hosted by Louisville’s PBS affiliate rather than the station that carries the WWE), but the action outside was a different story:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) — Outside the Conway-Paul debate, a Rand Paul supporter pulled the woman’s blonde wig off and stomped on her head. She was representing the liberal organization MoveOn.org and claimed to be presenting Paul with an award from RepubliCorp. That’s a group created by MoveOn.org that focuses on what it calls the merger between corporate America and the Republican Party.
“I’m here to present Rand Paul with the ‘Employee of the Month’ award, however his supporters were not very nice to me and my message which is same as everyone else. I got my head stepped on and I have a bit of a headache,” said Lauren Valle, MoveOn.org.
This story seems to be getting more coverage in the blogosphere and the national press than it is in Kentucky, and the relative lack of seriousness of the offense is reflected in this story, which reveals that there were actually two incidents outside the debate last night:
According to the Lexington Police Department, two fights broke out during the course of the Conway/Paul Senatorial debate Monday night in Lexington, Ky.
The first fight involved a woman, who is a member of www.moveon.org . The woman, determined to pose in front of Rand Paul holding a sign that read “Rand Paul Republicore: Employee of the Month,” tripped and fell on the ground after someone grabbed her blonde wig off her head.
She was then stepped on by a man wearing a Rand Paul t-shirt. Police say she refused treatment and later filed an assault report. Her identity has not yet been released.
The second fight occurred after a Conway supporter stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery.
The woman was wearing a surgical boot, but after the injury, her incision was cut open. Police say she refused medical treatment and also filed an assault report.
No arrests were made in either incident, although it’s conceivable that charges could be filed in the future.
Many on the left have tried to make something of this incident since last night. Obviously, though, what we’re dealing with are two jerks who acted rudely and possibly criminally. Can we please not turn everything into a political cause?
Update: Lexington police have apparently identified Tim Proffit as the assailant. He was a (now former) County-level coordinator for the campaign and has apparently issued an apology for the incident. Criminal charges are pending, and this matter will be resolved in the court system where it belongs.