A supporter of Republican Rand Paul’s Senate campaign in Kentucky will serve probation and pay medical expenses stemming from an assault on a liberal activist in October, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Tim Profitt was a county campaign coordinator when WDRB Fox 41 posted a video showing Profitt and others wrestling Lauren Valle to the ground and ripping a wig from her head. Profitt stomps once on her head and neck in the video, which was taped in Lexington, Ky., before a debate between Paul and his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway. Paul’s campaign disassociated itself from Profitt after the incident.
In his plea, Profitt acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to win a conviction but he didn’t admit guilt, according to Assistant Fayette County Attorney Jackie Alexander. He will undergo unsupervised probation for a year and pay $600 for Valle’s medical bills. Profitt’s attorney, Michael Dean, confirmed the plea to the AP.
Valle was posing outside the debate as a representative of RepubliCorp, a fake company invented by the liberal group MoveOn.org to criticize Republican ties to corporate America. She had been trying to give Paul a RepubliCorp employee of the month “award” when she was confronted.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.