Santorum Asks for Secret Service After Protest
Protesters got 'rowdy' at Tacoma event this week
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2012 8:18 AM CST
Protesters shout to disrupt a speech by Rick Santorum, during an evening outdoor rally at the Washington State History Museum, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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(Newser) – Rick Santorum must really be a frontrunner now, because the Republican presidential candidate is requesting Secret Service protection. His campaign sent the request to the Department of Homeland Security yesterday after what Fox News calls a "rowdy rally" in Washington state Monday night. Occupy protesters crashed the outdoor event, chanting and yelling, and two were ultimately taken away by police. Santorum says it's "a sad state of affairs" when such protection is needed, but notes that his family needs the safeguarding. So far, Mitt Romney is the only Republican presidential contender being protected by the Secret Service.