Randi Rhodes Mugged – Air America talk radio host Randi Rhodes mugged in violent attack Sunday evening, losing several teeth when viciously attacked in a suspicious mugging.

Randi Rhodes

What was odd about Randi Rhodes mugged is that she was wearing a jogging suit, had no jewelry or watch, and carried no purse. So, why was Randi Rhodes attacked?

Was it a random hate crime, a mugging gone awry, or a brutal beating ordered by someone nursing a grudge against a popular liberal talk show host?

Here’s Randi Rhodes this year with Al Gore and wife Tipper:
Randi Rhodes with Al Gore and tipper Gore

Here’s what Air America radio had to say about Randi Rhodes mugged:

Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.

According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.

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Several liberal blogs, including the Randi Rhodes Message Board and Democratic Underground have logged numerous posts on the Rhodes mugging with most of the posters expressing concern about the condition of the popular lib talker.

Morning talk host, Lionel filled in for Rhodes on Monday, but did not say anything about why she wasn’t on hand to do her show. The Randi Rhodes board reports that Sam Seder, who does a Sunday afternoon show for AAR, will be filling on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Elliott was extremely agitated when he reported on the incident. He opened his show by saying “it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home.”

Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that “this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging.”

“Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own,” he asked. “Are we threatening them. Are they afraid that we’re winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us.”

And that’s the latest news on Randi Rhodes mugged.