'Glitter bomb' for Mitt Romney? Not in Colorado

The young man who tried to “glitter bomb” Mitt Romney on Tuesday didn’t have a very good night.

First, he missed. Then he was issued a citation for causing a disturbance.

Peter Lucas Smith, 20, tossed blue glitter at the Republican presidential hopeful as Romney was shaking hands with supporters in Colorado, authorities told The Denver Post. Smith's throw fell short of Romney's head, and Secret Service agents quickly removed Smith from the room.

Smith is a student at the University of Colorado Denver, one of the schools on the campus where Romney appeared, and he supports gay rights, CBS4 reported.

Glitter bombs have been wielded by gay rights and Occupy activists a number of times this campaign season. In fact, Romney was dusted with glitter this month in Minnesota.

"I'm happy for the celebration, this is confetti. We just won Florida!" the well-coiffed candidate said at the time. "I've got glitter in my hair; that's not all that's in my hair, I'll tell you that. I glue it on every morning whether I need to or not.”

In Colorado, Romney dodged the glitter without comment. Perhaps that's because his mood was less festive -- he'd lost all three of the day's GOP contests to Rick Santorum.

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-- Ashley Powers in Las Vegas
Twitter.com/ashleypowers

Video: Mitt Romney is glitter-bombed Tuesday in Colorado. Credit: YouTube

 
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Rene Lynch has been an editor and writer in Metro, Sports, Business, Calendar and Food. @ReneLynch

As an editor and reporter, Michael Muskal has covered local, national, economic and foreign issues at three newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. @latimesmuskal


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