"I'm sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand's safety," Tim Profitt told The Associated Press.
A judge will decide whether Profitt should face criminal charges.
Lauren Valle, the 23-year-old activist with the group MoveOn.org, said her face was swollen and her neck and shoulder were sore after she was wrestled to the ground by Paul supporters Monday night before a debate between the tea party favorite and Democrat Jack Conway.[...]
Paul's campaign dropped Profitt as campaign coordinator in Bourbon County in central Kentucky and banned him from future events.[...]
Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton said Profitt's actions were unacceptable and would not be tolerated.
"The Paul campaign has disassociated itself with the individual who took part in this incident, and once again urges all activists — on both sides — to remember that their political passions should never manifest themselves in physical altercations of any kind."
Paul's campaign called the altercation "incredibly unfortunate" and expressed relief that the woman was not injured.
Conway said he was shocked to see the video footage.
"We can disagree on issues, and I don't know what preceded the incident, but physical violence by a man against a woman must never be tolerated," Conway said in a statement. "It is my hope that steps have been taken to ensure this kind of thuggish behavior never happens again in this campaign."
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Yet even more...
Excerpts from the article that is hitting the AP wires...