From WFPL’s Rick Howlett, on the alleged attack outside of Monday’s Senate debate between Rand Paul and Jack Conway:

The Rand Paul for U.S. Senate campaign says it’s relieved that a woman who was roughed up by some Paul supportersoutside Kentucky Educational Television last night was not seriously injured.

The woman, Lauren Valle of the group MoveOn.org, was wrestled to the ground after she tried to approach Paul to present him with a fake award.    TV footage shot by WDRB showed a Paul supporter stepping on her head.    No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

A Paul campaign spokesman told the AP that the incident was “incredibly unfortunate.”   It occurred outside the Kentucky Educational Television studios in Lexington, where Paul and his opponent, Jack Conway, held their fifth and final debate.

Paul spoke about it during an appearance on Fox News.

“I will tell you that when we arrived, there was enormous passion on both sides, it really was somthing where you walk into a daze of lights flashing, people yelling and screaming, bumping up.   It was a bit of a crowd control problem.   I don’t want anybody, though to be involved in things that aren’t civil.  I think this should always be about the issues,” he said.

Page One and B&P tracked (and led, it seems) the efforts to identify the man in the video who steps on the woman. He has been identified as Paul volunteer Tim Profitt, which was first suggested on Page One.

From the AP:

A Rand Paul supporter is apologizing after he was seen on video stepping on a liberal activist’s head.

Tim Profitt, a volunteer with the Republican’s U.S. Senate campaign, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the camera angle made the scuffle Monday night appear worse that it was. He criticized police for not stepping in and says other supporters warned authorities about the activist.

Lauren Valle, a 23-year-old with the group MoveOn.org, was wrestled to the ground by Paul supporters when she tried to confront the tea party favorite with a fake award. Valle said Tuesday she was sore and swollen.

The Paul campaign cut ties with Profitt, removing him from his role as Bourbon County campaign coordinator and banning him from campaign events.

The Lexington Police have issued a statement. Profitt has been served a criminal summons.

The other man in the video has also been identified. Boing Boing points a piece of irony with the man’s attire.


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