Detroit Free Press:
Woman accused of hitting Levin’s face with pie in Big Rapids
By TODD SPANGLER
FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF
For the record, he prefers blueberry to apple.No tea partiers involved in this incident.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin got an apple pie – no whipped cream or ice cream on top either – in the face this morning during a question-and-answer session for the Mecosta County Democrats at a Big Rapids deli after being criticized by a young man for his stance on foreign policy and defense of Israel.
Witnesses at Pepper’s Café and Deli said as the Detroit Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee asked the audience to let the man have his say, a young woman circled behind him and squashed a pie into the 76-year-old Levin’s face.
While the woman and man who had asked the question hustled out of the café, Levin made easy comments about it while cleaning himself off, said 22-year-old Tiffany Kelley, a student who works there.
“He made jokes about it and said it wasn’t the first time he’d been pied in the face,” she said. “He said he prefers blueberry.”
Big Rapids police said the woman, 22-year-old Ahlam Mohsen of Coldwater was arrested not far from the deli and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. It was not immediately clear this afternoon if she was still being held.
Nico Rubello, a reporter for the Big Rapids Pioneer, said Levin stuck around and answered more questions after the incident. His newspaper reported that the man who asked the question was Max Kantar, 23, of Big Rapids. It also quoted Mohsen as saying, “We wanted to target Levin today to send a message that liberals and Democrats are just as implicated in the violence (of war) as the Republicans.”
Levin issued a statement this afternoon, saying he holds meetings like this one so hear can hear from Michiganders “and I’m more than willing to hear from people who disagree with me.”
“Two young people took advantage of the gathering to read a long statement accusing senators of war crimes, and one of the young people threw a pie in my face,” Levin said. “They didn’t hurt me, but they hurt their cause even more than their own extreme words had already done.”
One thing’s for sure: Pepper’s didn’t provide the offending pastry.
“We don’t serve pie,” Kelley said.