February 1st, 2012
03:22 PM ET
11 years ago

For Romney, all that glitters is not confetti

Eagan, Minnesota (CNN) - Mitt Romney sparkled as he took the stage in Eagan, Minnesota, the day after a blowout victory in Florida's primary.

But the glint in Romney's hair and on his blazer wasn't a post-victory glow. Instead, the GOP candidate was dusted in glitter thrown by a young male protester before Romney took the stage.

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Eagan police escorted the young man out of the building after the incident.

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Calling the glitter "confetti" to celebrate his Florida victory, Romney brushed off the glitter-bombing – literally and rhetorically.

"Ah, I've got glitter in my hair," he said, and joked about his famously coiffed hair. "That's not all that's in my hair, I tell you that. I glue it on everyday whether I need to or not."

But as the candidate was shaking hands with supporters after his speech, a second person again attempted to blanket Romney with glitter, which he brought to the event in a Pringles can. Escorts quickly moved the glitter-bomber away from Romney.

An individual from the glitter-growing group, Nick Espinosa, said he was affiliated with two operations: Glitterati and Occupy Minneapolis. The intent in throwing the glitter was to underscore Romney's donations to the Mormon church, which Espinosa said was campaigning against gay marriage.

"Minnesota is a state that prides itself on tolerance," Espinosa said.

Romney was not the first GOP candidate to face such an attack. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was glitter-bombed earlier in the campaign as were former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

During his Eagan rally, Romney was pushed by an audience of several hundred to sing "God Bless America." The candidate frequently quotes from the song on the stump, but received positive reviews for breaking into song at an earlier appearance in Florida.

"If you keep that up I'm going to have to get singing lessons because I'm not so good," he told the audience, which joined him in song.

On Tuesday, a federal law enforcement source said Romney would begin receiving Secret Service protection within days. It's unclear though whether additional security would have stopped such a protest.

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Filed under: 2012 • Minnesota • Mitt Romney
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Not that I care one way or the other about some one's religion of choice but – "Magic glitter to match his magic underwear?"

    February 2, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. NVa Native

    @ Danny-boy "Typical liberal behavior -gutless"
    How so faux tough guy? For people like Romomney (and apparently you) this “act” is meant to challenge or accentuate their false bravado – while not actually hurting some one.
    Would a club or lead pipe be more to your liking? Or just go for the concealed weapon?
    Your comment is typical of the gutless tee-bullies who always claim to be a victim no matter how nasty their actions or comments are, and therefore a profoundly "gutless" cluster.

    February 2, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Food4Thought3

    It's hypocritically funny that the people referencing tolerance are so intolerant of those who disagree with them.

    February 2, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Arrest ANYBODY throwing ANYTHING at people. Today is is glitter, then pies, then paint, tomorrow it'll be acid and anthrax. The legal term is ASSAULT. The tolerance of these imbeciles is unbelieveable. Just like the OWS law breakers. Now there is rioting and looting. Why do you leftists think assaulting people with ANYTHING is OK? This lawlessness must not be tolerated anymore. A 6 year brings a plastic knife to school to cut his apple and he gets handcuffed and booked becaus eit is ZERO tolerance yet these imbeciles walk free.

    February 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. shoegazer

    Is it just me,or does anyone else think that everytime "Stiff-Mitt" walks out on stage,he seems to be suffering from a severe case of "Tightenus-Sphincterus." Maybe the glitter in his hair will add to the allure.

    February 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Dan

    If you care about this country, Vote MITT ROMNEY in 2012!

    February 2, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Taylor

    That was wrong..........I don't like Mitt because there is no connection......he can't see the forest from the trees. Mitt was born with a gold spoon not silver he made his monies off of other people. To me it's ok if he has monies its ok that he was born rich, but it not ok to take your monies over sea to NOT pay taxes. His sons (5) received 1 million dollars last year they did pay taxes on that money Mitt did. Mitt is about Mitt . Every thing seems legal but is it right. How can him relate to the Middle Class on anything (he can't). He is a CEO NOT A PRESIDENT......people there is a big difference. When you go vote please put your thinker caps on and ask yourself what can Mitt do for you........What has Obama done for the country.

    February 2, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Mike

    I love all these comments from people saying this is hypocritical behavior. We are fighting for our equal rights, for our civil rights. I personally do not care if I offend a bigot , bigots need to be offended. Obviously it's the only way to accomplish anything. Oh and PS guys – none of these losers will beat Obama and if you don't like how liberal the Twin Cities are – MOVE.

    February 2, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. DSBsky

    Romney is a joke.. Obama can only be beaten by Ron Paul. Paul supporters will NOT back Romney. No one will beat Obama except Paul. That's not joke.. So you people can scream Romney or Gingrich all you want. Fact is this. It's Ron Paul or Obama..Period.. Keep pushing Romney and Gingrich ( the habitual liars and peligamists) and you'll find out just how right I am.. We willend up with Obama for 4 more years. That's just how it is.. So keep on supporting lost causes (who have no idea how to actually fix anything) and you can have fun with Obama for another 4 years..

    February 2, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    DSBsky - So keep on supporting lost causes (who have no idea how to actually fix anything) and you can have fun with Obama for another 4 years..
    We get it. Ron Paul voters are closet Obama supporters, aka Democrats, people that support big government and ever growing government, which is exactly what Ron Paul opposes. So my question is do all Ron Paul supporters suffer from multiple personality disorder?

    February 2, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Ray

    GOP and the downfall of the 4th reich

    February 2, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. sonofgadfly

    "Escorts quickly moved the glitter-bomber away from Romney."

    "Escorts"? Is that what they call them now?

    February 2, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. goawayeverybody

    I don't think throwing glitter on Romney is a good way to advocate for gay marriage. After all, Massachusetts achieved gay marriage under Romney. Having said that I despise Mitt Romney for he is a sleazebag. But throwing glitter on him seems extremely silly. How about boycotting the state of Utah? That seems more logical to me.

    February 2, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    We get it. Ron Paul voters are closet Obama supporters,....
    No, you don't. Half of his support comes from folks who want to legalize pot!

    February 2, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Chuck


    Typical liberal behavior -gutless

    Thank you for making my point. Tell me, what would your reaction be if this happened to Obama?

    February 2, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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