Allee Bautsch, Bobby Jindal’s campaign finance director was attacked in the French Quarter in New Orleans as she was leaving a fund-raising event for the Louisiana Republican Party. The event was held at Brennan’s Restaurant during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. The attack occurred on Friday evening as Bautsch and her boyfriend were leaving the restaurant. His name hasn’t been released.
News of the attack was not released until this evening, leaving many to wonder why there was a three-day delay in releasing the fact that the couple were attacked outside of the event.
On Monday, April 12, 2010, Governor Bobby Jindal’s office put out a statement that Allee Bautsch had suffered a broken leg. Her boyfriend suffered a concussion, a fractured nose and a broken jaw in the incident. Current reports are that the couple became involved in an altercation with a group of people in the French Quarter as they were leaving the fund-raising event. However, there are no reports of anyone being injured except for Bautsch and her friend.
Kyle Plotkin, a spokesman for Gov. Jindal, said that Allee Bautsch had surgery over the weekend and is expected to take two to three months to recover. There is currently no information on the condition of her boyfriend. The governors office declined to put out more information so as not to interfere with the ongoing police investigation.
Plotkin’s full statement is below:
“Friday night, the Governor’s campaign fundraiser, Allee Bautsch, and her boyfriend were involved in an altercation in the French Quarter with a group of people.
While there were protestors around at that time, we are not aware of any evidence that the individuals involved in the altercation were protestors.
Allee’s leg was badly broken in the incident, she has had surgery, and she is facing a recovery time of two to three months. Her boyfriend had a concussion, and also a fractured nose and jaw. They are both expected to fully recover.
NOPD is investigating the incident and we are refraining from further comment to allow them to fully investigate and ensure justice is done. Our prayers are with Allee. She is a strong person and we are sure she will make a speedy recovery.
Jindal was at the fund-raising event for the Louisiana Republican Party at Brennan’s Restaurant, but was not present when the attack on his campaign finance director occurred. The New Orleans police are investigating the incident.
There were protesters in the area at the time of the altercation, however, Jindal’s office refuses to speculate as to whether or not the attack was perpetrated by the democratic protesters. There is also no information being put out there as to what the protesters were protesting. Some are speculating that the assault happened after a heated argument about Sarah Palin.
It will be interesting to find out who the ‘group of people’ are that confronted Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend as they left Brennan’s. Were they the protesters outside the restaurant? Were they union thugs? The thought that they might be gangsters seems far-fetched as gangs usually attack each other and that area of the French Quarter is considered relatively safe.
I think its a safe bet that it wasn’t Tea Party members, even though the left is often accusing them of violent acts – even though none have been witnessed by anyone.
Sadly, the extent of injuries suffered by both Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend make it obvious that it was more than an exchange of cross words that lead to some shoving. Bobby Jindal’s campaign finance director attacked in the French Quarter following a campaign fund-raising event and being left with such severe injuries has the appearance of an assault by people who might have some familiarity with inflicting bodily harm on others.
We will update this story as more information becomes available. Unfortunately, there are no Allee Bautsch pictures available for use at this time.
Update: There are some reports that someone who visited Bautsch in the hospital reported that Bautsch was attacked for wearing a Palin pin. This is hear-say at this point, but I imagine we’ll find out more as the days go forward.
We have learned that the Allee Bautsch boyfriend is named Joe Brown.
People are speculating as to why it wasn’t reported for three days. It is our understanding that the case has been under investigation since the incident happened. It just wasn’t reported in the media until yesterday.
You can watch the video below about the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. You can see photos of Alle Bautsch here.