DENVER (CBS4) – Before news broke that he was the second-place finisher in Colorado, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was the target of a glitter bomb.

Romney was shaking hands with supporters after a speech on Denver’s Auraria campus on Tuesday night when it happened.

“We were standing in front there and he was shaking everyone’s hand and this guy tried to throw something at him,” witness Robert Shut said.

“At that point Secret Service pulled him back,” witness Kelli Schertz said.

Members of the security team assigned to protect Romney had to pull the candidate back and grab the protestor. He was identified as Peter Lucas Smith, 20, a student at the University of Colorado Denver, which is one of the schools that are located on the Auraria campus.

Romney didn’t appear to get much or any glitter on his outfit, and Smith received a citation. He was held by police for 5 hours in handcuffs and his vehicle was searched.

“I am not sorry that this has caused some publicity and embarrassment for him; no not at all,” Smith told CBS4. “The people of Colorado are not going to stand by and watch the country be turned over into the hands of Mitt Romney.”

Smith said he supports gay rights and other issues. He’s a registered Democrat. He believes that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum deserve to be glitter bombed and can’t say that he wouldn’t do it to them as well.

Smith has a meeting with his school dean on Thursday and is due back in court on March 7. If convicted he could face up to a $999 fine or up to a year in jail.

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Kelly Schertz, one of Romney’s supporters, said the candidate shouldn’t have been a target.

“Romney is not the one that deserved it. He’s very middle of the road and one about freedoms and allowing to keep your freedoms here in America,” Schertz said. “It’s part of being an American, and that’s what he’s about.”

Denver police say the action is a threat, no matter what object or substance is thrown.

“You can say what you want to say, but you cannot physically put something on someone or assault them with something. That is not within your rights,” Sonny Jackson with Denver police said. “It can cause harm, it can do damage, no matter how simple or how miniscule something is, you do not have the right to throw it on someone.”

Jackson said there is also a major security concern.

“If this young man throws glitter on the governor and the governor is lead away in another direction, the real concern may be someone who’s waiting, knowing the governor is going to be coming in that direction,” Jackson said.

Rick Santorum, the first place finisher in Colorado’s caucus, was also glitter bombed at an event in Minnesota on Tuesday.

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Rick Santorum is glitter bombed at the start of a campaign rally Feb. 7, 2012, in Blaine, Minn. (Photo by Ben Garvin/Getty Images)

Other Republican candidates have been also been targeted by glitter bombs on the campaign trail in recent months.

Comments (24)
  1. ted says:

    A Glitter Bomber should have to spend 30 days and a day in jail at a minimum for such nonsense. What’s next acid?

  2. Denver Conservative says:

    Should be expelled.

  3. asodeska says:

    that makes sense. Denver University is know for having some of the Dumbest students anywhere.

  4. jgwentworth says:

    @ asodeska, It was at the University of Colorado at Denver, not DU.

    This kid is nothing but a punk. If you don’t like the candidate, get out there and support the person you do like. This gets you nowhere!

  5. I HATE YOU ALL says:


    1. BW says:

      This guy said he’s not going to stand by and allow Mitt Romney to be elected President. What’s next, bullets?

  6. Jose says:

    No surprise here …left wing extremist…

  7. denvervet says:

    What a total waste of good glitter! LOL.

  8. BW says:

    I read the article and all I see is a self important, indulged little brat who believes he’s entitled to speak and act on behalf of the people of Colorado. Sounds like any number of pathetic warped personalities who have physically attacked political leaders to make a name for themselves. Congratulations Peter Lucas Smith, you are now on the Secret Service list of nut jobs. Ironic that these losers are always known by their three names.

  9. Jeff says:

    Just how stupid is this guy? He says he wants a career in politics. I think he just threw that out the window along with his glitter bomb. Being stupid WILL NOT help your cause.

  10. Wayne Walters says:

    should have stuck with cream pie
    however, that would have gotten him arrested too.

  11. Fed up says:

    It seems their is a certain personality that resorts to physical attacks against politicians to make a point. They are not satisfied with talking, voting, writing or other forms of communication while taking part in the political process. They want to abort the democratic process through whatever it takes. I don’t care if it’s glitter or anything else, it’s using bullying and violent tactics against someone because of who or what they are. A gay rights activist should know better.

  12. Robert Lilienfeld says:

    What an interesting headline. Why would you expect the guy to be sorry?

  13. Philip says:

    So the moral of the story is that if you do not agree with a candidate, you are entitled to throw things at him or her? How far have we declined as a nation?

  14. Mark says:

    He is bonafide hero, a very brave, a student with values..willing to accept the consequences for upholding those values. Most of America are depraved and keep following like immoral sheep the same kind of loathsome candidates like bush who would do them all in. That’s America’s acceptance level right down in the sewer.

    1. Dave says:

      Do you and Peter usually share a double-ender?

    2. LEE says:

      You are really messed up. NO person has the right to physically attack anyone. This small incident can possibly raise the level of hate for someone else and that person could attack your hero. Then what? Would you still consider him brave and a bobafide hero. Gosh, go back inside your cave. Our country doesn’t need wackos like you in public.

  15. Mark says:

    Anybody who supports or bows down to the current megalomaniac psychopaths running under the Repubican rigged elections deserves to be in a mental hospital. Those subhumans should never be called politicians they’re terrorists and criminals.

    1. Brian says:

      Mark, take a chill pill, get anger management, get a girlfriend or a boyfriend, whatever floats your boat. You are wrapped way too tight. It’s a wonderful day, great country, good people. Don’t understand the hatred toward fellow Americans. Go occupy a soothing bubble bath.

  16. Dave says:

    I don’t get out much – are these glitter bombs just a kweer thing?

    1. Brian says:

      Yeah, pretty much gay.

  17. Snorlax says:

    Funny, but I cannot recall this sort of thing happening from members of the tea party.

  18. Ibn Whackinit says:

    30 days with Tyrone as his “Cellie” should be just about right. But.. he may enjoy it!

  19. denverpolice says:

    Mitt already issued an statement. He said he was hurt by the Glitters so Lucas should be sent to prison. This is an assault using a very powerful and shiny glitter.

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