Police are asking for help in tracking down the assailants who attacked a campaign aide to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and her boyfriend after they left a GOP fundraiser in New Orleans, leaving her with a broken leg and the boyfriend with a fractured jaw, broken nose and a black eye.
The attack occurred last Friday after Jindal's chief campaign fundraiser, Allee Bautsch, 25, left a fundraiser for the Louisiana Republican Party at a local restaurant.
Assailants knocked down Bautsch and stomped her repeatedly, breaking her leg in five places.
Bautsch's mother told Fox News on Friday that her daughter was not robbed, but her boyfriend was "after she was screaming on the ground."
The suspects stole Bautsch's purse and ran off, Bautsch's mother said.
Despite protesters being seen outside of the fundraiser, Jindal's office dismissed reports that the attack was politically motivated.
"We are not aware of any evidence the individuals involved in the altercation were protesters," the statement read.
Bautsch's mother told Fox News on Friday that her daughter and her boyfriend were met with derogatory comments before they were attacked as they walked into a dark area in the French Quarter. Bautsch's mother declined to specify the comments.
"I don't want to impede the police investigation so I don't want to get into the political ramifications," she said. "But things were said to my daughter and her boyfriend. Everything was about money."
When asked whether reports that political insults were hurled at the couple were accurate, Bautsch's mother said, "This is not a Republican or Democrat problem. This is a problem that a young girl and her boyfriend were attacked. And the story hasn't really come out and I want to make sure these guys are found."
Bautsch's mother said her daughter described the suspects as "average looking kids."
"They were not kids that you would necessarily think would harm you," she said. "But I'm not going to say they looked like Republicans or Democrats."
Bautsch's mother said her daughter has a rod that goes down the entire center of her leg with screws in her ankles.
"For a mother, it's a lot," she said. "The recovery is enormous. She has five different scars that's she'll have from this. This isn't just something that, you know, she was pushed down on the ground or she fell. That's not the case. They were stomping her."