Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn.org, says in an official statement, “We’re appalled at the violent incident that occurred at the Kentucky Senate debate last night.”
Numerous news reports clearly show that the young woman—a MoveOn supporter—was assaulted and pushed to the ground by Rand Paul supporters, where one man held her down while another stomped on her head. This kind of violence has no place in American society, much less at a peaceful political rally.
Our first concern is obviously Lauren’s health and well being. She is recovering, and we will release more details as we have them. We are concerned that no arrests have yet been made, and we hope those responsible will be brought to justice quickly, and that Rand Paul will join us in condemning this horrible act.
Last night, a MoveOn supporter was dragged to the ground and stomped by a Rand Paul fan outside the final Senate debate in Lexington, KY. The incident was caught on camera, from multiple angles. We understand the victim has left the hospital and is recovering. The Paul camp called the incident “incredibly unfortunate.”
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 email@example.com.