A campaign staffer for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal suffered serious injuries Friday night in an altercation in New Orleans’ French Quarter following a GOP fundraiser which attracted hundreds of protesters.
Jindal’s chief campaign fundraiser Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg, and her boyfriend sustained a concussion and a fractured nose and jaw from the altercation near Brennan’s Restaurant. The two were assaulted as they walked two blocks to their car after leaving a $10,000-a-plate GOP fundraiser at the restaurant.
There are no suspects yet in the case. According to a Jindal spokesperson, the New Orleans Police Department is still investigating the incident. “We are refraining from further comment to allow them to fully investigate and ensure justice is done,” the spokesperson stated.
Hundreds of protesters had reportedly gathered outside of the event, but a local Louisiana blog, The Hayride, reported that the protest had mostly dispersed by the time Bautsch was attacked. Gov. Jindal had attended the event at Brennan’s, but was not present for the incident.
Bautsch’s injury required surgery over the weekend, which will take an estimated 2-3 months to recover from.
Kyle Plotkin, press secretary for Gov. Jindal, told HUMAN EVENTS that the two victims “were not wearing Palin pins.” Rumors had surfaced that the two were attacked because they were Palin supporters. Sarah Palin had spoken earlier Friday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, and her appearance at the fundraiser was much-anticipated.
While speculation among conservatives has pointed to liberal activists as the perpetrators of the assault, it remains entirely unclear who attacked Bautsch and her boyfriend.
Connie Hair of HUMAN EVENTS reported on allegations of political motivation in the assault on Tuesday. You can view the story here.