May 11, 2015 06:00 PM

If you can’t beat ’em, lick ’em.

That seemed to be what one Rand Paul aide had in mind when he licked the camera lens of an opposition tracker during a townhall event for the Kentucky senator in Londonberry, New Hampshire, Monday.

David Chesley, Paul’s political director for New Hampshire, started off by apparently trying to block the camera of a tracker sent by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal opposition research group. But it didn’t take long for him to up the “ick” factor.

“We were definitely surprised and haven’t seen anything like this before,” American Bridge spokesperson Ben Ray told PEOPLE. “It’s common for staffers to stand in the way of our cameras or wave signs in front of them, but licking the camera is new to us entirely.”

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When asked to comment on the incident, Sergio Gor, communications director for the presidential hopeful, told PEOPLE in a written statement, “Senator Rand Paul visited New Hampshire today to accept the endorsement of twenty New Hampshire State Representatives who support his run for the White House, and to visit with and take questions from the voters of NH.”

“It was a great day of events,” the spokesperson added.

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