Stay Classy, St. Paul

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 01:36:55 +0000

So much for Midwestern hospitality:

ST. PAUL, MINN. - Anti-war protesters assaulted Connecticut delegates to the Republican National Convention today as they approached the Xcel Energy Center, snatching a credential from an elderly delegate and tossing a diluted solution of bleach at others, including a former congressman, witnesses said.

No serious injuries were reported in the scuffle, though a hazardous materials team checked delegates who were doused with a solution that smelled of bleach. Paramedics examined 83-year-old Fred Biebel, who had trouble breathing. He was cleared and later entered the convention hall.

"We were halfway from the buses to the door, and there was a breach of security," said Rob Simmons, the former congressman from the 2nd District. "We were swarmed by about 60 to 80 of them."

Of all the delegations, Connecticut?