Tim Profitt, a Paul volunteer, said he was sorry for stepping on Lauren Valle's head during the brief altercation. "I apologize if it appeared overly forceful," he said to the Associated Press, "but I was concerned about Rand's safety." The AP said Profitt is expected to be served a court summons, leaving it to a judge to decide whether he will be charged in the incident. In the meantime, the Paul campaign dropped him as its coordinator in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Paul, the Republican candidate, told Fox News, "It is an unusual situation to have so many people on both sides jockeying back and forth. It wasn't something I liked or anybody liked about that situation. So I hope in the future it is going to be better."
Valle, an activist with the liberal group, MoveOn.org, apparently wanted to give Paul a fake "employee of the month" award, but she was intercepted by his supporters and wrestled to the pavement in a parking lot outside the debate in Lexington. Amid the shouting and scuffling, one man stepped on the back of Valle's shoulder as she lay motionless, then applied pressure with his foot so that her head was also pressed against the pavement. "No, no," another Paul supporter interjected, and the first man, later identified as Profitt, backed away from Valle. The 23-year-old woman told the AP her face was swollen and her neck and shoulder sore. MoveOn tries to present the mocking employee award to GOP candidates that the group says can be counted on to side with corporate interests.
Paul's campaign earlier issued a statement saying, "Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse." On Tuesday, Paul, a physician, didn't use that language in the Fox interview. "There was a crowd control problem. I don't want anybody though to be involved in things that aren't civil." Watch the interview here.
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