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Ron Paul supporter learns politics is a contact sport

by Jane Musgrave | January 31st, 2012

Eddie Dillard, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, center, is sandwiched in between supporters of Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Gingrich security staff outside a polling place at the First Baptist Church of Windermere in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

It’s not easy being a Ron Paul supporter on election day in Florida, what with your candidate in Nevada, having never scheduled one campaign event in the Sunshine State.

But Paul supporters have been out today nonetheless. Waving signs, they have turned up at events scheduled by GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. The former House speaker, who is lagging in the polls, is touring Central Florida, grabbing voters and all-important press coverage as voters decide the state’s winner-take-all Republican primary.

When Gingrich made an early morning stop at a polling place in Windermere, Paul supporter Eddie Dillard learned that supporting the Texas congressman at Gingrich events can be risky. Showing reporters a goose-egg on his foot, he claimed he was stomped by a Gingrich supporter/security worker when he waved his sign as television cameras rolled.

“He stepped on it and ground it, like he was putting out a cigarette,” said Dillard, who lives in the tony community near Orlando.

He was happy to show his injuries to reporters, who took pictures of his injuries. He said he wouldn’t press charges.


18 Responses to “Ron Paul supporter learns politics is a contact sport”

  1. Kate Says:

    Dillard was standing holding his sign when Newt and his entourage showed up. When they realized that the camera’s were filming Newt with a Ron Paul sign behind his head, they tried to intimidate Mr. Dillard into moving, becoming aggressive enough to physically hurt the man.

    Ask yourself….if it had been the Ron Paul Campaign pulling this crap on a Newt or Romney supporter, all we would have seen on the news would have been about the “crazy, cultist fans” of Ron Paul.

    I guess it was just too hard for Newt to move his fat ass somewhere else :)

  2. rob Says:

    Problem is these thugs came from Newt’s bus and Newt was right there and did nothing about it. It’s no different from thugs from a 3rd world country controlling their voting.

  3. Matthew Says:

    Great post KATE, good for this guy way to show his support for a TRUE patriot! RON PAUL 2012

  4. celeste Says:

    Great job Eddie. Our day is near !!!

  5. TnMuse Says:

    How symbolic. Eddie Dillard took one for America and our Constitution!

  6. Jose Mora Says:

    Now we know how Newt would govern. Just send thugs to stomp on any opponent.

  7. Rick Rollins Says:

    If Mr. Dillard does not want his account questioned, he should actually file charges with whatever evidence is on his camera. Maybe the police would act, maybe they wouldn’t, but at least he would be considered a credible witness.

    As it is now, his story is iffy.

  8. Victoria Says:

    That’s it! I’ve had enough of this crazy crap. I was going to vote earlier, but had an appointment. After reading this, I’m voting for the Constitutionalist!

    Go Ron Paul! And Newt – just go away!!!

  9. ZB Says:

    What is this? California?

    I thought Florida had both “stand your ground” laws and concealed carry.

  10. Newt Gingrich Says:

    I love goose eggs

  11. Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr. Says:

    @Rick Rollins… ‘iffy’? It was caught on video by several different independent news sources, and witnessed by many people first-hand! Way to be in-the-tank for the foot-stomping supporters of Newt (I’ll have my guys stomp ya!) Gingrich!

  12. Brad Hyatt Says:

    Where is the Damn video?!?!?!

  13. Brad Hyatt Says:

    Was there or was there not?

  14. Tonewah Says:

    Yeah, Hitler and Moussolini thought politics was a contact sport as well. Sounds like the kind of thing the blackshirts in Italy and and the brownshirts in Germany would have done. Isn’t it amazing how neo-cons abandon the very thing they claim to be defending when someone disagrees with them?

  15. John C. Says:

    He should press charges.

  16. Oh Jesus! Says:

    Typical of the angry senior citizen crowd that supports Newt! On the other hand, Romney supporters would have paid someone else to do it and then fired them right afterwards! Ron Paul 2012!

  17. Need More Sugar Says:

    Talk about Brown Shirt tactics.

    But unfortunately that seems to be the viewpoint of so many Republicans these days:
    If you don’t agree with me, then get the Hell out of MY country.

    Never mind that it is all our country…

  18. Jimbo Says:

    Just an FYI. Eddie Dillard visited the hospital for his foot. He has a bad fracture. Charges are being filed against the Gingrich Campaign, the security company, and the individual security aid who did the stomping.

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