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Thanks to Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio

The Rand Paul for U.S. Senate campaign says it’s relieved that a woman who was roughed up by some Paul supporters outside Kentucky Educational Television last night was not seriously injured.

The woman, Lauren Valle of the group MoveOn.org, was wrestled to the ground after she tried to approach Paul to present him with a fake award.    TV footage shot by WDRB showed a Paul supporter stepping on her head.    

The supporter has been identified as Tim Profitt, a volunteer with Paul’s campaign in Bourbon County.   He’s been ordered to appear before a Fayette County judge to determine if charges are warranted.   The Paul campaign has also dismissed him as the county campaign coordinator and barred him from campaign events.    Profitt also apologized today.

A Paul campaign spokesman told the AP that the incident was “incredibly unfortunate.”   It occurred outside the Kentucky Educational Television studios in Lexington, where Paul and his opponent, Jack Conway, held their fifth and final debate.

Paul spoke about it during an appearance on Fox News.

“I will tell you that when we arrived, there was enormous passion on both sides, it really was somthing where you walk into a daze of lights flashing, people yelling and screaming, bumping up.   It was a bit of a crowd control problem.   I don’t want anybody, though to be involved in things that aren’t civil.  I think this should always be about the issues,” he said.

(Photo from WDRB video)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."