A video posted by the Appleton Post-Crescent shows an anti-Romney protester spitting in the face of an audience member during an appearance by state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) on Friday.
In the video, Darling is speaking to the audience when a female protester disrupts the “Wisconsin Women for Mitt” event and tries to ask a question: “Why are you against Planned Parenthood?”
When another woman asks the protester to hold her question, the protester says, “Get out of my face” and spits in hers.
The anti-Romney woman was quickly reminded that the event was on private property and was escorted out. The entire audience gave her an enthusiastic — and sarcastic — “bye!” and waved as she exited the room. However, the protester continued to speak her mind, so the attendees of the event drowned her out with chants of “Romney! Romney! Romney!”
Grand Chute police are reviewing the altercation for potential charges, the Appleton Post-Crescent reports. The protester has been identified by the Post as 83-year-old Mary Hoglund.
“This is a private business and we invited a small group of clients and friends,” said Chris Hanson, owner of Hanson Benefits where the event was held. “Whatever happened to grace and mercy in politics? This isn’t a town hall meeting.”
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The protester reportedly complained that she had been scratched.
In a phone interview, Darling said she was speaking when the woman, identified by the Post-Crescent as Mary Hoglund, interrupted.
“She was just so rude and disrespectful,” Darling said.
Darling said she told the woman she should leave the meeting. “She resisted,’ Darling said.
Town of Grand Chute police were called. Greg Peterson, chief of police for the Town of Grand Chute, said he was looking into the incident.
Asked if she thought the protester should be charged, Darling said that would be up to the police.
Darling said people seemed generally “energized and enthusiastic” about the Romney-Ryan ticket, but added that it was unfortunate that the event was disrupted by such unruly behavior.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also reportedly attended the meeting.
This story has been updated with new information.