On the campaign trail, absolutely everything you say is fair game—which is why both parties will send trackers to record the competition’s every move. And how do you swat these camera-toting pests? For Rand Paul’s camp, the answer is apparently a drawn-out, tender loving lick.

The assaulted camera belonged to a staffer from the liberal PAC American Bridge 21st Century, which was minding its own business when the tongue of Paul’s New Hampshire political director decided to go in for a taste.

The lick raises many questions. What was this Paul staffer hoping to accomplish? Did he not realize that after he removed his tongue from the lens it would still likely continue to function? How did the camera taste? How many other cameras has he licked it? And is he ok, in a general sense?

We’ve reached out to Senator Paul’s camp for comment on the rogue, exploratory tongue, and will update as soon as we hear back.

[h/t Mediaite]

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