Posted by: reddiva | July 5, 2010

Rand Rapidly Rankles Republicans


Quote from Kentucky.com:

Republican Rand Paul’s opponent in the U.S. Senate race isn’t the only one who thinks Paul compromised his stance against business as usual in Washington, D.C., by taking campaign cash at a high-dollar fund-raiser there last month.

It rankled some Republicans, too.

I have two questions about that statement.

  1. What was your first clue?
  2. Where have you been?  He has done nothing but rankle his Republican supports since he started opening his big mouth after the Kentucky Republican Primary.

Paul’s embrace of GOP establishment rankles some supporters

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“I am deeply disappointed that he did that,” said Warren Scoville of London, an attorney who served more than 20 years in various positions with the state Republican Party. “I voted for (Paul) because of where he was, and now he’s not where he was.”

Last year, with the primary election still months away, Paul pledged not to accept contributions from any senator who voted for a federal bailout of the banking industry.

That was in response to plans by Paul’s main opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, to attend a Washington fund-raiser hosted by Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and others who voted to shore up giant banks with taxpayer money.

Paul has been sharply critical of the bailout, citing it as a reason he got into the race.

After trouncing Grayson, however, Paul benefited from a $1,000-a-person fund-raiser June 24 in Washington hosted by McConnell and attended by senators who voted for the bailout.

Attorney General Jack Conway, Paul’s Democratic opponent, said the move showed Paul had become part of the very thing he railed against in the primary, and Conway accused him of hypocrisy.

Paul’s camp disagreed with Conway‘s assessment.

The GOP primary was a battle for the direction of the party, and Paul won it with his platform of requiring balanced budgets and complete opposition to bailouts, said his campaign manager, Jesse Benton.

“Dr. Paul accepts financial support from anyone who wants to support his ideas of limited government, term limits, balanced budgets and real reform but makes it clear to them that money will not influence his votes or positions,” Benton said.

It’s difficult this early in the general election to gauge how Paul’s decision to get cozier with the establishment he criticized in the primary will affect voters Nov. 2.

David Roos, a retired minister in Murray who has been active in the Tea Party movement, said it didn’t escape notice in his circle that Paul had, as he put it, “capitulated to the establishment.”

Tea Party activists and others concerned about record federal deficits helped drive Paul’s primary win.

Roos said he and others had hoped that Paul would remain independent of McConnell and that the Internet fund-raising prowess Paul showed in the primary would be enough to free him from taking money from the traditional political powerhouses.

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“Most of us will support him in spite of that. We’ll take 80 percent of a loaf rather than none,” Roos said. “We’ll probably have to hold our noses.”

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Scoville said he probably won’t vote for Paul in November. The effort to raise money with McConnell raises questions about whether Paul will change his stance on other issues, Scoville said.

“I don’t trust Rand Paul anymore,” he said.

Gee, Mr. Scoville, I can’t believe it took you this long to realize that Rand Paul cannot be trusted.  He has flip-flopped his positions so many times that I can’t even keep up anymore.  To me, this is just standard operating procedure for Rand Paul, candidate in trouble.

My Kentucky friends know that Paul is not to be trusted.  They have seen his lies and policy-switches first hand.

Kentucky will more than likely have a liberal Democrat in the U.S. Senate after the November election simply because of Rand Paul and his Libertarian attempt at infusion into the Republican Party.

In Texas, we have a saying for a situation like this:  That dog don’t hunt!

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