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Ron Paul campaign wants apology for supporter getting stepped on by Gingrich staffers

Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard of Orlando stands behind Republican Newt Gingrich. Dillard said his foot was stepped on by Gingrich’s security, reports say.

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Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard of Orlando stands behind Republican Newt Gingrich. Dillard said his foot was stepped on by Gingrich’s security, reports say.

Newt Gingrich's appearance at a suburban Orlando polling place resulted in a flip-flop wearing Ron Paul supporter getting into a scuffle with Gingrich's aides. The result: stepped-on toes and a demand from the Paul campaign for an apology.

Eddie Dillard, 29, was attempting to angle a large Ron Paul sign behind Gingrich's head on Tuesday morning in Windermere, when Gingrich's security detail confronted him, according to a report from Yahoo News.

A security agent ground his heeled shoe into Dillard's bare foot, but Dillard stood his ground. According to Yahoo News, a Gingrich campaign aide said, "Just block him" and "everyone step on his toes!"

Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton issued a statement Monday afternoon calling on Gingrich to terminate the staffers and publicly apologize.

"They say the culture of an organization is a reflection of its top executive and today's deplorable behavior against Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard in Florida reflects very poorly on Congressman Gingrich," Benton said.

The Gingrich campaign didn't respond to requests for comment.

Ron Paul campaign wants apology for supporter getting stepped on by Gingrich staffers 01/31/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 11:13am]
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