Grand Chute, Wis. (Post Crescent) -- A bus tour event on behalf of Mitt Romney was marred Friday afternoon when a protester snuck into a rally and spit in a supporter's face.
The event near Appleton featured Wisconsin state Sen. Alberta Darling and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
During Darling's remarks, the protester, 83-year-old Mary Hoglund of Appleton, interrupted to ask about Republican opposition to Planned Parenthood.
A local Romney supporter began arguing with Hoglund, who then spit in her face. Hoglund was escorted out, and received medical attention for a scratch she received on her neck.
The supporter declined to give her name as she left the event, but said she was unharmed.
Hoglund said she was attacked inside the event, hosted at Hanson Benefits. The event was part of a statewide tour kicking off "Wisconsin Women for Mitt."
Grand Chute police are reviewing the altercation for potential charges. Hoglund was taken away in an ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries, including the scratch.
Chris Hanson, owner of the benefits provider, said the altercation caught her off guard.
"This is a private business and we invited a small group of clients and friends," Hanson said. "Whatever happened to grace and mercy in politics? This isn't a town hall meeting."
Ben Sparks, a Wisconsin-based Romney spokesman, called the incident a "stunt" and said the woman refused to leave when asked.
Romney protester Kathy Lefebvre, of Green Bay, was escorted out with Hoglund.
"I've never experienced anything like that before, to me it's unacceptable," Lefebvre said. "Getting upset is one thing, but (Romney supporters) attacked Mary."
Mary Jones, of Oneida, attended the event and was standing in the crowd of two dozen people near the altercation.
"It was very disrespectful," Jones said. "One woman decided to be rude and was politely asked to leave. It was shocking."