Dem Candidate Dragged Off Stage By Cops After Rambling During Gubernatorial Debate

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Police officers forcibly removed a female Connecticut gubernatorial candidate from the stage after she tried to crash an election debate Monday night.

Candidate Lee Whitnum showed up uninvited to a private event hosted by the Brookfield Democratic Town Committee, reports NBC New York.

Despite being explicitly told she was not welcome to attend, Whitnum tried to get on stage, going so far to hold on to a table so she couldn’t be removed.

“I have worked very hard, how dare you?” she said at one point.

Officers eventually pulled her from the stage and arrested her.

“I had every right to be at that debate. I am a declared candidate for governor. My paperwork was filed more than a year ago. I told them I would be attending,” Whitnum said in a statement about her actions.

Police charged her with breach of peace and released her on $500 bond. The Connecticut Democratic Party expressed displeasure with Whitnum’s behavior, while the Brookfield Democratic Town Committee only thanked the officers for coming to their aid.

Whitnum refused to apologize for her behavior, explaining she caused trouble because it would have been “humilating” if she had just walked off stage.

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