Union-backed protesters interrupted Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., by taking over the balcony above an outdoor event on Wednesday before reportedly participating in a beer-throwing fight with West’s supporters.
Stand Up Florida, a group backed by the Service Employees International Union, hung a banner from their hotel balcony criticizing West. One of his supporters pulled the banner down, and then things got interesting.
West supporters kept booing and tossed water, ice cubes, beer and a couple of middle fingers at the balcony inhabitants. Water and beer also showered down from the balcony. The protesters said it was splash-back from projectiles thrown from the crowd on the ground. However; a few West supporters said they saw protesters toss them down.
Local sheriff deputies shut down the anti-West protest at the request of the resort management.
West’s campaign released an ad today hitting Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy for getting arrested in 2003. “That night, South Beach, Miami: Patrick Murphy is thrown out of a club for fighting, covered in alcohol and unable to stand,” the narrator says in the ad, per Roll Call. “Murphy then confronts and verbally assaults a police officer.”