Gingrich hit with glitter at Minneapolis event

6:36 AM, May 19, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were hit with glittery confetti by a protester Tuesday during the couple's appearance at a book-signing.

Robert Erickson, a journeyman political activist prankster also known as Nick Espinosa, approached Gingriches during the signing event at a downtown Minneapolis hotel. He dumped a cracker box full of confetti on the pair and said, "Feel the rainbow! Stop the hate!"

Two Associated Press reporters witnessed the event, and video has sense been posted on Erickson's Columbus Go Home website. In the past Erickson targeted GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer based on his support of a sweeping immigration crackdown.

According to his website, Erickson's objection to Gingrich involved his support for banning gay marriage. Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House in the mid 1990's, was in town to headline the Minnesota Family Council's annual fundraising dinner.

The Minnesota Family Council is spearheading the push to put the Traditional Marriage Amendment on the ballot in 2012. If approved by voters the Minnesota Constitution will be amended to state that marriage is solely between one man and one woman.

Last year Erickson dumped a bagful of pennies in Emmer's lap while he was holding a "Server Summit" at a Mexican restaurant in Roseville.  Emmer had set off a firestorm when he suggested that servers tips should be included in the minimum wage they are paid, rather than in addition to that hourly pay.

Erickson struck again at a candidate forum, placing a doll on Emmer's lap.  Emmer laughed it off, but then-candidate Mark Dayton stood up and placed himself between Erickson and Emmer and warned the protester to leave.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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