Ron Paul supporter learns politics is a contact sportby Jane Musgrave | January 31st, 2012
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.