LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Outside a debate between U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway (Dem.) and Rand Paul (Rep.), MoveOn activist Lauren Valle attempted to present far-right candidate Paul with an employee-of-the-month award from RepubliCorp. MoveOn invented the fictitious RepubliCorp to symbolize the Republican Party’s ‘merger’ with corporate interests. As she approached, Paul supporters pulled Valle away and pinned her to the ground. Timothy Profitt, volunteer campaign coordinator for Rand Paul, then began to stomp Valle on her head. In the infamous video of the scene, one can actually hear the crunching as he stomps Valle repeatedly.
Believe it or not, Profitt then asked for Valle to apologize to him! He claims “I couldn’t bend over, because I have issues with my back.” and doesn’t think it’s “that big of a deal.” Profitt is a Bourbon County endorser for Rand Paul, and has contributed nearly $2,000 to his campaign. Profitt is also Paul’s former campaign coordinator for Bourbon County
Rand Paul has not personally made any comment on the curb stomping, but a spokesman said, “Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election.” Urging supporters on all sides to be civil? It’s not Conway’s supporters perpetrating acts of violence. Paul’s campaign did ban Profitt from campaign events.
There have been reports of Valle suffering a concussion after the incident. Local police have began an assault investigation and Profitt has been served with a criminal summons to go before a Fayette County District Court Judge.
A new Bluegrass poll this week puts Rand Paul ahead of Conway 52% – 43% with 4% undecided.