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April 14, 2010
A political beating in New Orleans?
Since the liberal media have raised the question of political incivility and potential violence, one would expect them to be deeply interested in what might well be a politically-motivated beating. Except, of course, the victim is a Republican -- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's chief campaign fundraiser, Allee Bautsch, and her boyfriend, Joe Brown, who were leaving a GOP fundraising event. Earlier in the day, protests against the Southern Republican Leadership Conference were held in New Orleans
It is widely speculated that the attack was politically motivated. Earlier on the day of the fundraiser, there was a large protest against the South Republican Leadership Conference happening that weekend, although the demonstration (which involved some violent undertones against Republicans - here is a picture of a poster from one of the primary organizers which depicts a dead, skeletal elephant, for instance) apparently disbanded some time before the attack took place. There were initially reports that Bautsch claimed assailants said, "Let's get them, they have Palin pins on." However, Human Events has confirmed with Jindal's office that the pair were not wearing Palin pins. Hayride of Louisiana has been covering the story extensively.
We don't yet know if the attacks were, in fact, politically motivated. We really should reserve judgement until all the facts are in (to set a good example for the liberal press, you know.) All we can say is the circumstances are highly suspicious and the event, tragic.
If you're interested, here is lots of video of the protest .... Much more on the Louisiana political blog, The Hayride, inluding information on organizers of the anti-GOP protests, and this fascinating description of a suspect from the NOPD (via the Times Picayune):
Hat tip: Richard Baehr
New Orleans police say that the incident began about 11:45 p.m. when a group of three to five men made "derogatory comments" to Bautsch and her boyfriend. When the man described as the male victim "turned toward" the group of men, at least one of the men struck him repeatedly. The woman "fell to the ground and screamed," the news release said.
Police released a description of one suspect, saying he was in his 20s, looked "dirty," and wore his hair in an auburn-colored ponytail. The man was 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a thin build, police said. He wore a light-colored T-shirt and dark pants.
Officers in the area responded and requested EMS assistance. The woman used her purse as a pillow while waiting for help. Once she was in the ambulance, the woman realized her purse was missing, the release said.
She had her purse after the attack, so that's not a mugging.