Today, during a Mitt Romney rally at strip mall in Parma, Ohio, Romney supporter Richard Brysac silenced protester Al Neal by shoving a handkerchief into his mouth (video below).
At the strip mall, Romney was joined by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), who is a possible Romney running mate.
When Gov. Pawlenty took the stage, protesters yelled: “Pawlenty go home.”
At one point, Brysac tried to quiet Neal by pouring a bottle of water in his mouth. When that didn’t work, Brysac stuffed the handkerchief in Neal’s mouth.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
“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.”