Man arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during ‘Going Rogue’ book signing

December 9th, 2009 by

www.nydailynews.com – One of Sarah Palin’s critics has spoken – and it got him a trip to the hoosegow Monday.

Police said Jeremy Paul Olson, 33, tried to paste Palin with a couple of tomatoes he hurled during a book signing at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Both messy missiles launched from a balcony missed the former vice presidential candidate but one caught Bloomington Police Commander Mark Stehik right in the puss.

That got Olson busted for suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. He also may be charged with assaulting a cop.

What Olson had against Palin wasn’t immediately clear. What ever it was, he was clearly in the minority.

More than 1,000 die-hard supporters treated the event like another Black Friday, lining up outside in freezing weather before the mall doors opened at 5 a.m.

Emily Calhoon, a 16-year-old who took her place in line at 4:45 a.m., explained that she likes Palin’s conservatism.

“She’s a lot more relatable than the stereotypical old rich white male,” said Calhoon, clutching a copy of Palin’s memoir of her life and political career, “Going Rogue.”

Palin arrived just before noon clad in trademark red and took the stage with husband Todd who carried their son, Trig.

Neither addressing the crowd nor taking questions from supporters or a throng of reporters, Palin immediately started signing books and didn’t stop for four hours.

Barnes & Noble wouldn’t say how many books were sold at the event, but the publisher has said more than 700,000 copies were snapped up in the first week, outpacing President Obama’s 2006 book “The Audacity of Hope,” which sold fewer than 100,000 first-week copies and Hilary Clinton’s “Living History,” which sold roughly 600,000 copies in 2003.

Palin recently passed the 1,000,000 book mark and has sat atop the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks.

After the book signing, Palin headed to a private, $5,000 per person or couple event hosted by The Freedom Club State PAC. Invitations said all proceeds were going toward electing Republicans to the Minnesota House.


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