Allen West campaign event crashed by protesters, beer-throwing ensues

Share The Grio Share The Grio
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) (C) speaks during a news conference with fellow House Republican freshmen (L-R) Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The GOP congressmen were critical of the Senate and the legislation they passed extending the payroll tax holiday, unemployement benefits and an adjustment in the payments that go to doctors for medicaid visits.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) (C) speaks during a news conference with fellow House Republican freshmen (L-R) Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The GOP congressmen were critical of the Senate and the legislation they passed extending the payroll tax holiday, unemployement benefits and an adjustment in the payments that go to doctors for medicaid visits. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Huffington Post reported that protesters crashed a Wednesday night campaign event held for Florida Congressman Allen West (R-FL). Rep. West was about a minute into his speech when protesters started jeering at the Congressman. Those in attendance responded to the protesters by throwing beer, ice cubes, and even a salt shaker at them.

Police had to intervene at a Wednesday night campaign event for Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) after protesters unfurled a giant banner trashing West and attendees retaliated by throwing beer, ice cubes and even a salt shaker.

West was minutes into his speech outside of Pirate’s Cove hotel in Port Salerno, Fla., when a handful of protesters came out onto a balcony above the event and began shouting, TCPalm reported Thursday. The protesters, who were with a group called Stand-Up Florida and who specifically rented out a hotel room to crash West’s event, rolled out a banner that read, “Allen West is out of touch, Allen West is out of office.”

From there, the event devolved into disarray. Andrew Mina, a field director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign who was in attendance, yanked the banner down as West supporters booed and threw “water, ice cubes, beer and a couple of middle fingers” toward the balcony, the newspaper reported. Meanwhile, the protesters used a megaphone to shout criticisms of West’s economic record and play an audio reel of controversial comments made by West in the past.

Click here to read more.