After last week's tense showdown, Kentucky's final U.S. Senate debate Monday between Rand Paul and Jack Conway offered few real fireworks. But it was a different story outside the event, where cameras captured a Rand Paul supporter stepping on the head of a woman who was participating in a stunt for the liberal group MoveOn.org. Footage of the incident appears below -- but readers should be advised that it is not for the squeamish.
The altercation happened just minutes before Monday night's debate in Lexington. Activist Lauren Valle, wearing a blond wig in her sendup as a representative of the fictitious "RepubliCorp," approached Paul to give him an "employee of the month" award, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Paul supporters crowded in on her; one man pulled off her wig, and another man pushed her to the ground and stepped hard on her head and shoulder area.
Valle apparently sustained no serious injury. She has filed assault charges with the Lexington police, who say they are reviewing video and photographic evidence from the debate to establish the identities of Valle's assailants. Talking Points Memo's Brian Beutler is reporting one of the assailants is Tim Profitt, a volunteer for Paul who was let go from the campaign today. In an interview with the Associated Press, Profitt apologized, though he said the camera angle made the confrontation look worse than it actually was.
News cameras on the scene captured the confrontation, which reportedly led Monday night's newscasts in Kentucky, ahead of the actual Paul-Conway debate footage.
You can watch footage of the altercation below:Read More »from Rand Paul supporters attack MoveOn activist before debate