Midterm Election Tea Party Violence
Midterm elections can bring out the best and WORST in some people.
The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is expressing relief that a woman who was roughed up by Paul supporters was not injured.
It happened in Lexington, Ky., before a debate between Paul and Democratic opponent Jack Conway.
Lauren Valle of liberal group MoveOn.org, told a Louisville TV station she was trying to give Paul a fake award when his supporters took her to the ground.
Television footage shows Valle’s blonde wig being pulled off before she’s pinned to the ground. A man identified as volunteer Tim Profitt then puts his foot down on her head. This video may be disturbing to some viewers.
Valle said the incident left her with “a bit of a headache.” Paul’s campaign said the incident was incredibly unfortunate. It also said, “Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse.” Profitt faces a misdemeanor assault charge.
Rand Paul is considered to be one of the stars of the Tea Party. When Paul won a decisive victory in Kentucky’s Republican primary, he told supporters, “I have a message from the Tea Party. A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back.”