A supporter of Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul has been issued a criminal summons by Fayette County, Ken. officials after he allegedly assaulted a liberal activist during a rally Monday night in Lexington.
The Paul campaign has condemned the attack and disowned the volunteer in a statement made this afternoon. Tim Profitt, a volunteer with the Republican’s U.S. Senate campaign, was seen on camera stomping on the victim’s head after fellow volunteers had pushed her to the ground.
The incident happened as Paul arrived at the Kentucky Educational Television studio on Cooper Drive in Lexington for a debate with Attorney General Jack Conway, his Democratic opponent.
Lauren Lizabeth Valle, 23, an activist with MoveOn.org, was attempting to present him with a fake award portraying him as a tool of big business, a demonstration that the group has performed at other stops along the campaign trail.
After Valle was knocked down by members of the crowd, Profitt put his foot on her shoulder and shoved down forcefully on her neck and head. She went to a local hospital on Monday night and was later released.
Valle told police the men “intentionally forced her to the ground and began kicking her in the head,” according to a police report.