(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Jack Conway, the Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky, condemned the men caught stomping on the head of a liberal activist at a Democratic rally in Louisville.
The encounter, between supporters of Conway’s opponent, Republican Rand Paul, and the MoveOn activist, who was dressed as a Paul supporter, was captured on video outside a debate this week in Lexington and went viral on the Internet.
On Wednesday night, Conway criticized the apology offered by Paul’s camp.
“Rand Paul and his campaign have given a half-hearted sort-of apology," Conway said. "That’s what they’ve done. And that thug, his Bourbon County chairman, who stomped on this woman’s head, you know what he said this morning? He said he stomped because he had a bad back and couldn’t reach down. That’s what he said!”
Conway also tried to push the incident as a women’s issue.
“If you’re a woman in the commonwealth, you have a clear choice," Conway said. "Let me step back here for a second. I saw the video of what happened outside of our debate Monday night, and I was horrified.”
“Never -– I don’t care if you’re in politics, I don’t care what you’re in -- but never is it appropriate for a man to drag a woman to the ground and use physical violence against her, ever,” he said.
Later, Conway told reporters that Paul needs to give back a reported $1,950 donation from Tim Proffit, the man who admitted to stomping on the woman’s head. The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Paul is reneging on a promise to return the money.
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