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A woman who was wrestled to the ground and then stepped on by a supporter of Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul says she was "traumatized" and injured in the incident and intends to take legal action.

Lauren Valle, a liberal activist who wanted to give Paul a bogus award outside a debate in Lexington, Ky., Monday night, said she thought the attack was premeditated and said it left her injured and in "severe shock." She vowed "further legal action," according to the Washington Post. "It is very important that people be held responsible," said Valle, who is 23 and lives on Cape Cod.

Valle was in a crowd in a parking lot prior to a debate between Paul and Democrat Jack Conway. Apparently she called out to Paul as he passed through the group in the hope of presenting him with a mock "corporate employee of the month" award. She was intercepted by several of Paul's followers who took her down -- a blond wig flew off her head in the process. One man, Paul volunteer Tim Profitt, put his foot on the back of her shoulders, then stomped down, striking her head. Profitt, who was issued a "criminal summons" by police, was dropped by the Paul campaign as a county coordinator. He said the incident wasn't as bad as it looked and that he was only trying to shield Paul.

"My memory is that of a traumatized person. I distinctly remember a blow to my head," Valle said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters. "They identified me as a MoveOn worker, and as someone they knew from prior campaign events. Add so, about five minutes before Rand Paul showed up, they motioned to each other to start taking photographs of me. . . . It was premeditated. As soon as Rand Paul's car showed up they started to move in front of me." Valle said Monday night that her neck and shoulder were sore and her face was swollen.

Profitt apologized for his action on Tuesday, but then told WKYT-TV the next day that Valle "initiated the whole thing" and "I would like her to apologize to me, to be honest with you."

Paul, a favorite of the tea party movement, said Tuesday the incident was a consequence of a "crowd control problem" and passionate people on both sides "jockeying back and forth." See for yourself in the video. His campaign condemned the act and barred Profitt from future events.

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Everyone has some fault in this situation. Can we see any video of her before her being attacked? Did she rush at Rand Paul for her photo op? I see this guy pushing down on her sholder with his foot and not her head and yes he should not have done that either. Why the wig, why the deception, when you start an incident shouldnt you expect some consequences? If people just knew she was a left wing attention seeker then what started the physical violence? Lots of missing info yet Mr. Ed can comment without hesitation as to who's at fault and who was totally wrong. I guess Mr. Paul instructed those supporters attending to rough up anyone against his platform. I am sure someone now wishes that anyone would have grabbed and wresteled to the groud Sirhan Sirhan in that similar situation of rushing toward a canidate. (If you are too young - Bobby Kennedy's assasin in the campaign crowd).

October 27 2010 at 2:41 PM

this whole thing is crazy. This womanm doesn't live in Kentucky so why is she getting involved in the election there? At the same time the Paul guy had no business stomping her head when she was on the ground. This scene looks like something from the Weirmar Republic during the 20s and 30s when their political rallies often broke out in violence

October 27 2010 at 2:36 PM

Exercising Freedom of speech does not mean that you get to rush a candidate while yelling that I have something to give to you.Who knows what she had in her hand/s. Try rushing a Police officer in or out of uniform. She is lucky that she wasnt shot.

October 27 2010 at 2:36 PM
Maureen & Steve

Wow! Pushed to the ground and had a foot stepped on her back. That's really traumatic for a 23 year old person. Don't know how she'll ever recover. I guess this is her 15 minutes of fame. Somehow, the term "Jackwagon" comes to mind.

October 27 2010 at 2:31 PM

Okey, here we go. Let's look at this carefully. Footage of the incident shows this individual shoving their sign into the window (possibly the face) of an individual (Paul)sitting in the front seat of the vehicle. The security responded in kind to a possible physical assault. As this person continued to act in an aggressive manner they were wrestled to the ground. Another (not Paul) individual placed his foot on this persons SHOULDER not HEAD . It was after this persons aggressive behavior that she was identified as a woman. Please seek out the truth (facts) before an opinion is offered. Although I despise violence as a response, it now appears that this was a defensive maneuver not an aggressive one on the part of security. ,

October 27 2010 at 2:30 PM

Here is a person wearing a disquise, attempting to push a package with unknown contents at a public figure and was detained/restrained by good people. I dont get the uproar of how she was treated. SOmeone please explain. If this had been the police or Secret Service she would have been treated much more harshley.

October 27 2010 at 2:25 PM

The first question that came to my mind was....what is a 23 yr old doing 800 miles away from home with a wig on her head? When I 23 yrs old I was lucky to have gas money to get to work let alone driving 800 miles to act like a ding bat. I bet she's on some government assistance program, or has a daddy w/ money who should have kicked her back side harder when she was growing up. Shame on the guy who stepped on her for making her front page news.

October 27 2010 at 2:24 PM

The problem is people going to places where they are not wanted with the sole intent of causing trouble. Then they have the nerve to object when they get their face rubbed in the pavement. If you ask for an azzwhippin ... chances are pretty good you will get one. Why anyone cares that some sniveling weasel from got stomped is beyond me. Personally, I think it is cause for all to raise their glasses in a toast to the Stomper.

October 27 2010 at 2:21 PM
Hi Tom

I am amazed at what people will do to put someone down. The award was premeditated with intent to disparage another person. She knew what could happen as she had been in the middle of previous attempts to put down this same person. Yes, the person that stepped on her needs to face the music but she needs to understand when you put your self in places you do not belong, things happen. I am so sick of antics pulled or attempted to be pull by crazies. These are the people that want a certain candidate in office. If that candidate attracts hoards of these people, what does that say about the candidate. It is a shame she placed her self in this situation. SHe got a pay back and she is going to sue. Sue whom, Paul, the bodyguards that took her out of action. They have every right to act and protect the candidate. or is she going to sue the candidate? Guess who I think she will go after. LOL

October 27 2010 at 2:21 PM

Obviously, this woman from went to this debate looking for trouble. Well, she found it. She rushes towards Paul as he exits his vehicle and some Paul supporters stop her and push her to the ground. And, she is wearing a wig in disguise. No one knew what her intentions were, so she was manhandled a little. This incident REEKS of set up!! And without doubt, MoveOn is a group of George Soros-backed far-left wackos. Her law suit will be tossed out -- or will never see a court room.

October 27 2010 at 2:16 PM +3
2 replies to Hippie's comment

Right, Brother Larry. Free speech is only for those who agree with us.

October 27 2010 at 2:20 PM

Ridiculous - the response to free speech is not supposed to be violence. There WILL be a civil suit for damages, which will see a court room, and a jury, and an award. There may even be criminal charges for assault. Too bad you Tea Baggers not only don't understand constitutional law, but clearly don't understand criminal law, torts, or case law.

October 27 2010 at 2:35 PM


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