Newt Gingrich has been sued. The law suit was filed yesterday. Could this be a scandal that will hurt his presidential chances or is this just more political theater?
The suit is reported on TMZ.COM.
A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against Newt Gingrich and his security team -- claiming he was roughed up outside the Florida Republican Presidential Primary earlier this week ... because he was carrying a sign supporting another candidate. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District court in Florida, Edward Dillard claims he was just minding his own business on January 31 when Newt and his wife came strolling up to the polling place. Dillard claims he was standing outside of a canopy which had been set up with a microphone stand, when Newt and Callista came right up to him and shook his hand. Dillard claims Newt then noticed his Ron Paul t-shirt and "immediately turned his back" to him and went on to greet other people. That's when Dillard claims several of Gingrich's security team came up to him and tred to "intimidate him into moving from the spot." Dillard -- who says he was wearing open-toed sandals -- then claims one of the agents "lifted his heeled shoe over Dillard's right foot and dug the back of it into his skin, twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette, causing a fracture to Dillard's right foot."
The fact that the guy is a Ron Paul supporter says a lot. Ron Paul’s supporters are very aggressive about getting up close to other candidates and getting into TV shots.
There is a much simpler explanation, other than a Ron Paul supporter trying to damage Newt Gingrich. If you have ever been inside the security bubble these candidates are in, you will understand this. Their security is very protective because unfortunately there are idiots out there who will do dangerous things.
If you are not a member of the campaign, the security team will let you in for a moment, to shake the candidates hand or have a photo take and then they will literally push you out.
This lawsuit smells to high heaven and the fact it was immediately reported on TMZ makes it even more suspicious.
Hopefully it and the guy who filed it will go away soon.
Whenever I have seen Newt he was surrounded with security. Sometimes people need to get out of the way and take responsibilty for themselves.
What??????????????? Are you kidding????????????????? You're actually saying that a man who wears sandals must be a hippie liberal. That is the most IGNORANT statement I have ever heard from anyone at TPN!
I agree with you. I proudly voted for Newt while wearing my sandals in Florida. Sandals are a mandatory part of the Florida dress code, pretty much year round attire for casual events. Hippie liberal? That's an insult of the highest degree.
Stupid is as stupid does !!! Doesn't matter why he was there, wearing sandals in a crowd like that is stupid !!!! It doesn't matter where you are from.
exactly. Dumb. you will get stepped on.
I agree with Mike
This is a NO-brainer... We already knew RP and his cyber thugs were throwing in with Mitz the moron.
This is more likely the case. I don't know how a judge will decide this w/o a video or witness.
You are conservative? What happened to your principals?
As I understand it (or read it), the man was standing there first. If so fact O, that was the time for security to ask the man to step aside. Was this a designated speech in a certain area? If not, the man had every right to wear his shirt and stand wherever he pleases. It's called Freedom of Speech.
Whatever the situtation it's called assualt and battery.
A&B? only if it happened as he reports and he has a reliable witness, otherwise the court will probably throw it out b/c he is obviously not a reliable victim. More rape cases have been thrown out or lost with more than here-say evidence. Maybe someone got a video of it???!!! Meanwhile, its a disaster for Newt.
But in politics they always find a lying cheating witness to testify. The answer is to counter sue with insufficient security by the state. Throw it back at them.