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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.