The Los Angeles Times reports that a Rand Paul backer in Lexington, Kentucky, has come under fire for video showing Tim Profitt standing on the head of a protester while she was being restrained by other supporters of Paul. The Kentucky Courier-Journal reports Lauren Valle was attempting to give Paul a mock award sponsored by MoveOn.org. Profitt has stated that he wants her to apologize to him because he feels “she was there for a reason and that was to hurt Rand Paul.” Tim Profitt is the former county coordinator for Bourbon County in Kentucky for Paul’s campaign.
The incident with Lauren Valle is not the only one where a political volunteer has gone too far. See how Lauren Valle’s case stacks up against the other three.
ACORN disbanded earlier in 2010 amidst video allegations that supporters gave advice on how to conceal money made from prostitution, according to NPR. ACORN was an organization that used federal funding to get more voters registered in poverty-stricken areas of the United States.
Republicans accused ACORN of voter fraud, and then there were scandals revolving around wiretapping in Louisiana. The organization had been under fired since the 2008 election and never truly recovered, even though many of its employees were volunteers.
Indiana’s 2010 midterm election features Republican Marlin Stutzman as the incumbent. Back in early September, Stutzman’s campaign came under fire when e-mails showed up in the inboxes of teachers for Fort Wayne Community School asking if students would be willing to help with Stutzman’s campaign to get re-elected.
Wane.com reports that Stutzman’s campaign says they didn’t do anything wrong. They also claim that other schools responded positively to the request. Stutzman’s Democratic opponent suggested that Stutzman’s office apologize for “harassing students and teachers with emails.”
Florida Voting in 2008
Florida voters received pamphlets in the mail from the Republican National Committee during the 2008 election. NPR reported that the mailings may have been false voter registration cards that looked like they came from official sources.
The mailing was labeled “Party Affiliation Voter Registration Card,” and mail fraud complaints were filed. Spokespeople for the Republican National Committee say the mailing was a routine fundraiser.
Rand Paul’s Politics
Even though Rand Paul didn’t condone the actions of Tim Profitt or see what happened to the woman, his staff condemned what happened. Profitt donated almost $2,000 to Rand Paul, and the candidate has said he will not return the campaign money.
Politicians have members of their campaigns mess up all of the time. When physical violence happens because of it, perhaps politics have gone too far. The women he stomped on didn’t have a gun. The gang that held her down wasn’t the police making an arrest. They didn’t have the right to touch her or throw her down since she wasn’t attacking anybody.
Malcolm, Andrew, “Rand Paul coordinator Tim Profitt admits to stepping on woman from MoveOn.org before Kentucky debate”, Los Angeles Times.
Gerth, Joseph, “Rand Paul supporter wants apology from protester he stomped”, Courier-Journal.com.
YouTube, “Rand Paul Pictured with His Tea Party Thug, Tim Profitt”, YouTube.com.
NPR, “ACORN To Disband Amidst Scandal, Money Woes”, NPR.org.
Hasnie, Aishah, “FWCS: Stutzman email ‘inappropriate'”, Wane.com.
Fessler, Pam, “Republican Mailing Leaves Florida Voters Confused”, NPR.org.