53-year-old Tim Profitt of Kentucky thought he was doing a good thing the night of Oct. 25 in Lexington when he put his foot on 23-year-old Lauren Valle’s head.
Not so much. Now he (at the very least) faces criminal charges.
The Rand Paul campaign said it has no intention of returning nearly $2,000 in donations Profitt made to the campaign, and it has every intention of making sure everyone knows Mr. Profitt has nothing to do with Rand Paul, saying it would disassociate itself from him.
Dirty Tricks Up Top
Video of Mr. Profitt has become popular online, but his actions don’t make him public enemy number one or even put him at the top of the stupid-campaign-worker-hall-of-fame. For that, you might have to look to people like attorney Donald Segretti, who worked for the Republican Party and most famously had big ties to the Watergate investigation which brought down the Nixon White House. Segretti did time in prison for forging campaign documents and doing his best to confuse news media about Democrats for a number of years and in a number of big races. Questions remain about how much he did on his own, and how much of what he did happened with the tacit approval of the Nixon campaign.
“Gay” doesn’t mean “happy”
The same question about approval came up in the current Delaware GOP Senate primary race. Did former Christine O’Donnell campaign worker Yates Walker and his “Liberty.com” produce a video in which a woman questions Congressman Mike Castle’s sexuality and marital fidelity on his own, or did he do it with the tacit approval of the campaign? He says he left the campaign before making the video in question, but the slur popped up as a question for O’Donnell in a series of interviews.
Backward Mark of Zorro?
Another famous example of a campaign volunteer going “off the reservation” happened in the 2008 presidential race. A volunteer for Senator John McCain’s campaign claimed a 6’4″ tall black man attacked her and carved the letter “B” onto her face. Ashley Todd said the man attacked her after seeing a McCain bumper sticker on her car. As it turns out, she made up the entire story and ended up facing charges and mandatory time on a psychiatrist’s couch.
Not Good Signs
In all three circumstances mentioned above, the eventual end wasn’t a good one for the candidate involved. However, as the woman in the most recent case in Kentucky also happened to be a member of MoveOn.org – a group much hated among conservatives – the “head stepping” incident might instead serve as “red-meat” for Rand Paul followers and end up helping his cause on Election Day, rather than hurting it. Finally, the question remains – did what the campaign workers mentioned in these cases do hurt the campaigns, or were those campaigns already fatally flawed? That remains open to conjecture.