This post has been revised. Initially, I wrote something about Rand Paul supporting the “head-stomper”. That was an error.
My over-zealous reaction to the above headline was an error.
New York Magazine
Tim Profitt, the Kentucky man and since-dropped Rand Paul campaign coordinator videotaped stomping on a Paul protester’s head last week, has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Profitt will go before a district judge in Lexington Nov. 18 on the fourth-degree assault charge. [NBC]
This guy only got a summons to appear in court! I think he should have been arrested for assault. I find the actions of the Kentucky police to be quite troubling…
The Rand Paul campaign has just severed ties with their Bourbon County coordinator – a man by the name of Tim Profitt — who has identified himself as the supporter who stomped on the head and neck of a MoveOn activist outside of the Senate debate in Lexington, KY last night, according to Fox News.
Profitt apologized for the scuffle to the Associated Press this afternoon, and apparently told them that the camera angle made the incident appear worse than it really was.
The Kentucky blog “barefoot and progressive” was the first to identify Profitt as the likely assailant in a series of posts today.
TPM left a message for Profitt at his residence this afternoon, but the call was not returned before publication time.
Late update: Valle spoke to reporters this afternoon, telling them that the men who attacked her were familiar with her from other protests.
Later update: More from Profitt’s statement to the AP: “”I’m sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand’s safety.”