Obama supporters disrupted a Romney rally today in Ohio – trying desperately to drown out Governor Tim Pawlenty while he spoke to the conservative crowd. The Obama supporters were eventually escorted from the rally.
Cleveland.com reported on the leftist assault.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sent two GOP heavyweights to northern Ohio Thursday to beat President Barack Obama’s similar bus tour to the punch.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, traveling on Romney’s campaign bus, stopped at Parma’s Kentown Plaza to emphasize what they say is a gap between what Obama has promised and what he has delivered.
But a physical clash between Romney supporters and protesters overshadowed the Parma campaign stop by the prominent pair, who are often mentioned as possible running mates for Romney.
The quarrel broke out as soon as Pawlenty took the stage before about 200 people at the strip shopping center.
“Pawlenty go home, Pawlenty go home,” the protesters chanted over the former governor’s speech.
Pawlenty maintained composure, and even put his own twist on the chant.
“We should send Barack Obama home,” he declared.
At one point, Romney supporter Richard Brysac of Parma confronted protester Al Neal of Canton, who attended with members of a group called Fight for Fair Economy Ohio.
Brysac, 77, attempted to hush Neal by emptying a bottle of water into the 25-year-old union worker’s mouth.
“He seemed thirsty, so I tried to shove the bottle in his mouth,” Brysac said. “I thought it was wrong to interfere with [Pawlenty's] freedom of speech.
“I acted out of character and I apologize if I offended anyone.”
When the bottle didn’t work, Brysac pulled out his handkerchief and gagged Neal.
Neal removed the handkerchief and continued chanting until the group of protesters was escorted from the rally.