Politics & Government

Conway campaign critical of Rand Paul's response to alleged assault

The Democratic U.S. Senate campaign of Jack Conway continued to pound at Republican challenger Rand Paul Wednesday over the alleged assault of a liberal activist by a Paul campaign volunteer.

Conway campaign spokesman John Collins said during a telephone news conference that Paul’s campaign should divulge the identities of other men who “wrestled the woman down to the ground” before she was stomped on and should return the $2,500 in campaign contributions from the man who kicked the activist.

Collins was referring to an altercation Monday night before a U.S. Senate debate at Kentucky Educational Television headquarters in Lexington when Timothy Profitt, 53, of Bourbon County, stepped on the head of MoveOn.org activist Lauren L. Valle, 23, as she tried to pull a political stunt.

Profitt, who said he was concerned the woman was trying to attack Paul and acted only to subdue her, faces a criminal summons that could lead to a fourth-degree assault charge. He told some reporters that Valle owes him an apology.

Ilyse Hogue, director of political advocacy and communications for MoveOn.org, said, “I am offended and outraged by the words of Tim Profitt, the Rand Paul campaign worker who, with two other men, threw 23-year-old Lauren Valle to the ground and then stomped on her head, leaving her with a concussion.

“Profitt said the attack was ‘not a big deal,’ that Lauren ‘instigated it’ and that ’she should apologize’ — words that are eerily familiar to many women who have faced assault and abuse.

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