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

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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.

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