“Curbstomper” actually Paul campaign staffer (UPDATE)

That appears to be the case. Joe Sonka at Barefoot & Progressive has uncovered that the alleged Curbstomper of a hapless MoveOn goon is actually Rand Paul’s Bourbon County Coordinator, Tim Profitt, whom was given a shoutout in a full-page Paul ad in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader.

When LEO Weekly contacted Paul’s campaign on this matter, the following exchange occurred:

LEO: Hi, is this Orlando Watson?

Orlando: Yes, it is…

LEO: This is Jonathan Meador, from the LEO Weekly.

Orlando: M’hmm.

LEO: I was calling to get a confirmation from the campaign about whether or not the attacker at last night’s KET debate is Tim Profitt, your Bourbon County Coordinator. If you could just —

Orlando: Hello?

LEO: (sigh) Can you not hear me now?

Orlando: Hello? (click)

The old I Can’t Hear You Therefore You Do Not Exist trick. Subsequent calls to Orlando and other members of Paul’s campaign have — shockingly —not been returned.

UPDATE: Check and mate, via the Associated Press:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Rand Paul supporter is apologizing after he was seen on video stepping on a liberal activist’s head.

Tim Profitt, a volunteer with the Republican’s U.S. Senate campaign, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the camera angle made the scuffle Monday night appear worse that it was. He criticized police for not stepping in and says other supporters warned authorities about the activist.

Lauren Valle, a 23-year-old with the group MoveOn.org, was wrestled to the ground by Paul supporters when she tried to confront the tea party favorite with a fake award. Valle said Tuesday she was sore and swollen.

The Paul campaign cut ties with Profitt, removing him from his role as Bourbon County campaign coordinator and banning him from campaign events.

(h/t WFPL’s The Edit)

UPDATE II: The Lexington Police Department has served Profitt with a criminal summons ordering him to appear before a Fayette County District Judge. (h/t PageOne Kentucky)

UPDATE III: According to campaign finance records, the man known nationally as the “curbstomper” is more than just a volunteer in Bourbon County. (h/t Barefoot & Progressive)

The Center for Responsive Politics reviewed federal contribution records and found that Profitt contributed $1,900 to Paul’s campaign last year. Earlier this year, his wife, Carolyn, gave $500 with an addititional $100 last year. There are already questions if Paul will return the money given the national controversy, but considering that the tea party darling has kept $1,400 that he received from white supremacists, political observers say it’s unlikely.

5 Comments

  1. Shawn
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Shocking, indeed. Good thing he isn’t a “lifetime politician” or he would know how to handle this. Oh wait, that is pretty much exactly how it would go. Guess daddy gave him some tips.

  2. John
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    The liberatarians thought the police should have stepped in to keep this woman from protesting.

  3. grothenberger
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, Rand Paul is not a libertarian. But then, neither are about 90% of those who claim to be. It’s amazing to me how the libertarian movement has allowed itself to be taken over by the very kind of people it was formed to oppose.

  4. Mr. Right About Everything
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I really don’t think he “stomped” her head…from the video I saw he held her in place with his foot, because she rushed the people.

    No do not attack my politics please you dumb pathetic sheeple. I have never, probably will never vote for a republican candidate.

    I just think this was over played by the media to get ratings or to get more on air bullshit “footage”

  5. The Great Shatsby
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Sign the petition to end Tea Party violence.

    And fine; let’s say it wasn’t a “stomp.” It’s definitely a man’s boot on an already subdued woman’s body. Is that OK now?

    http://act.boldprogressives.org/sign/statement_teapartyviolence/?source=auto-fb&referring_akid=.703467.pNH1bt