MELBOURNE, FL - Police were called to a confrontation Friday afternoon between members of the liberal group MoveOn.org and Mitt Romney supporters at Romney’s Brevard Victory Headquarters in Melbourne. Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.
Vicki Parker Mabe and Margaret Parker – local volunteers with MoveOn.org - went to the office at the Imperial Plaza on Wickham Road to deliver a flyer requesting Romney release more tax records. Mabe said that she was directed by emails and the MoveOn.org website to be at the Romney office at Noon as part of a nationwide effort.
“I tried to hand it to them at the door. Then I was assaulted,” Mabe said. “I just signed up and was following directions. I had no idea there would be people here. I have filed assault charges.”
Brevard Times has posted an exclusive video of the confrontation at the door of the headquarters. Mabe can be seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
Brevard County Co-Chair of Romney for President, Cynthia Handley, said she asked Mabe and Parker to leave when they came to the door. “I simply said ‘Please leave.’ We just need to ignore people like that. We are running a positive campaign.”
Handley would not comment on assault charges pending an investigation by the BCSO.
Volunteers from the Space Coast Patriots and other conservative groups lined Wickham Road in response to the MoveOn.org effort. “We heard they would be coming,” said one Romney supporter. They also met Mabe and Parker on the sidewalk outside the Romney headquarters. They can be heard in the video asking for President Obama to release his college transcripts.
After the video stopped, Parker – the 80-year-old mother of Mabe – responded, “You are full of sh_t!” to the Romney backers.
Mabe said that she responded to the call because she believes Romney should “disclose the last 12 years of tax returns.” When asked whether Obama should release college records, she said, “Absolutely, fair is fair.