Head-stomping former Rand Paul volunteer Tim Profitt — who is set to appear in Lexington District Court Thursday to face 4th degree assault charges — sent a Facebook message to Dea Riley, the running mate of Independent Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith, imploring her for help and understanding.
In sum: A pretty dumb idea.
On Nov. 15, Profitt wrote:
Not sure who you may know but there are a lot of details about my case that is unknown. Ms. Valle from moveon.org has said on msnbc I kicked her in the head and that what I did was premeditated which are both false. She has also stated the reason I attacked her was because we disagree on the issues. That is also false. She doesn’t know where I stand on the issues.
1-I think Marijuana should be legalized and controlled.
2-I am against the patriot act.
3-I think the war is unconstitutional.
I would bet we agree on other issues as well. They don’t know me but have portrayed me as something I am not.
The real reason of what happened was she went after Rand like a crazed person who I felt was a threat to his safety.
I am sorry all this happened but there are many other circumstances involved here I cant talk about. I have lived in ky all my life and never been in trouble with the law in this way. 31 years with at&t and bellsouth and not 1 complaint. She broke at least 3 laws and did not get charged. I just don’t understand why (Fayette County prosecuting attorney) Ray Larson is doing this to me.
Riley was less than charitable in her response (bold emphasis mine):
I’m not one to mince words. I know that you have been a supporter of this campaign, but I feel I should express myself. I don’t know you well, but I’ve met you on a few occasions and I would agree that you’re not a bad person as you have described in your message. I also will acknowledge my interaction with you has always been cordial and you have seemed respectful of me in every regard.
I’m not sure my words will help you but I do want you to know that I am expressing myself in the hope that you will embark upon a self evaluation. Frankly Tim, I don’t think where you stand on any of the issues is relevant to what occurred. It has been widely accounted that Ms. Valle was spoken to prior to the incident whereas SHE made clear her purpose for attending. One witness on scene told me that many of the Rand supporters where planning on “getting her” when they saw her make her move. I don’t understand why it is you kicked her at all in that she was on the ground, but whether she was or not does not justify her being kicked. I don’t approve. She was alone and undefended. I think you were caught up in a moment and that moment was recorded on film. As to “they” portraying you as something other than what you are – it is you who committed that act that likely will define you for sometime to come. I cannot offer you assistance. I think Ray should throw the damn book at you and if I know anything about Ray Larson that is exactly what is about to happen.
I think this attitude that she was of threat to Rand Paul is ridiculous but mostly convenient. She had every right to be there and every right to make an effort to capture a photograph and accomplish her mission – as Moveon.org has done so many times before. In these United States Individuals are not required to agree with or behave in any manner as imposed by those of differing opinion. Our liberties extend themselves equally to all. There is no “exception” to this rule. There is no doubt in my mind that the reason she was subdued was to prevent her not from harming Rand Paul but rather to prevent her from accomplishing her political stunt. I don’t care if she was paid – again the excuses are irrelevant to the outcome. It’s politics – get over it. Your cause is NOT important enough to justify what occurred.
This type of hysterical overly exaggerated expression is nothing more than mob riot. Rand Paul should have returned your campaign contributions as I would have done – immediately. You have served to point out the severity and potential danger of this extreme movement that is enjoys protection under the umbrella of “Tea Party” but I’m certain that is not what was intended by those who organized the initial grass roots effort.
On a personal note if you had kicked me you would have been faced with a far different reaction than the submissive and refrained demeanor of Ms. Valle. I would have done all I could do to beat your ass into the ground with everything I had in me. Guarantee it. I’m afraid I stand with Ms. Valle and wish I had been there to defend her – which is what I would have done and am doing now.
You don’t put your hands on women – EVER!
May I suggest the following
1. Stop defending your behavior there isn’t any defense
2. Apologize to Ms. Valle as well as all those countless thousands who have witnessed your video
3. Seek counseling and learn to discern between inappropriate and appropriate behavior in expressing your views
4. Volunteer to serve in a women’s abuse shelter, rape crisis center or home for abused children. Then and only then will you understand why it is our society is so repulsed by your behavior and what it leads to.
5. Next time you give money to a cause, contribute to one of the above organizations that benefits those who are truly victimized and truly in danger of having their lives harmed or jeopardized by someone “crazy”.
6. Reevaluate who it is you support for office – may I suggest you support someone such as myself who isn’t willing to tell you what it is you want to hear to get your vote.
I think it’s safe to say that you won’t see that kind of response from the Beshear/Abramson, Williams/UKBasketball and/or Moffett/Harmon campaigns.