The MoveOn activist who was tackled and stomped on by Rand Paul supporters Monday night says she’ll do whatever she can to see that her chief assailant, Tim Profitt, is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
“I plan to see the process through,” Lauren Valle told Keith Olbermann last night. “I think that it`s very important that people be held responsible for this sort of behavior.”
Yesterday, Valle told reporters she wasn’t certain yet whether she’d pursue civil action against Profitt. However he has been summoned to court, where a judge will determine whether criminal charges are warranted in the case.
Valle told Olbermann that the wig was part of the theme of her activist project. “Part of our tactic with Republic Corp is to be Republic Corp executives. And so, I`ve been in costume all week. We filmed videos. And we do events in character,” she said. “So, I`ve been in different characters all week for the past two weeks. So, that was me being a Republic Corp executive.”
In a conference call with reporters yesterday, she had a different, though not necessarily contradictory answer. “I’m an artist as well as other things,” she said. “I’ve been wearing a lot of wigs down here. I enjoy wearing wigs. Just playing around.”
We’ve put a call in to Valle to explain the discrepancy. You can watch her full appearance on MSNBC below.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.