Rand Paul To Break Primary Promise in KY-SEN

So far Rand Paul’s problems have been about his ideas and words, not his behavior. That changed this month. Paul’s upcoming fundraiser with Senate Repub Leader Mitch McConnell may not seem like a big deal, except last September, he pledged not to accept any campaign contributions from Senators who supported the bank bailouts. The Northern Kentucky Enquirer reported at the time:

Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has pledged to not accept campaign contributions from any U.S. Senator who voted in favor of bailing out the nation's banks last fall. Paul's pledge comes as one of his opponents in May's GOP Senate primary, Boone County Republican Trey Grayson, prepares to raise money at a Sept. 23 Washington fundraiser hosted by about 20 Republican members of the Senate…

"A primary focus of my campaign is that we need Republicans in office who will have the courage to say no to federal bailouts of big business. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the government to pick winners and losers in the private sector and the Republican Party platform specifically condemns bailouts," Paul said.

Yet here’s this, from Politico:

Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul railed against the Washington establishment in his primary campaign, but the Tea Party’s favorite Kentucky candidate will benefit from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s fundraising gravitas in Washington later this month.

McConnell will host a fundraising reception and dinner for Paul on June 24 at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by POLITICO and confirmed by a GOP official. Tickets to the McConnell-Paul event are pricey: Guests must pay a minimum of $1,000 to attend the reception and $4,000 to attend the dinner...

A request for comment to the Paul campaign was not immediately returned.

McConnell, of course, voted for the bailout. Small wonder, then, that in its latest rankings out today, First Read said that this seat is the 2nd best chance for a Democratic pick-up, ahead of the once-hyped contests in Missouri and New Hampshire. The Democrat in this race is state Attorney General Jack Conway.

Tags: Jack Conway, Mitch McConnell, 2010 midterms, hypocrisy, KY-Sen, rand paul (all tags)



They can't help themselves

I saw this article on Daily Kos earlier today that the Treasury now indicates that repayments have exceeded bailouts by $4 billion.

WASHINGTON—The Treasury Department on Friday said the money repaid to taxpayers for government funds used to bail out U.S. companies has for the first time surpassed the amount of loans.

The Treasury, in its May report to Congress on the Troubled Asset Relief Program, said TARP repayments reached $194 billion, $4 billion more than the outstanding debt of $190 billion.

It's bad enough to be a hypocrite, but he seems to ever so slightly be losing the wind in his sails as well.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-06-11 06:13PM | 0 recs
Conventional wisdom wrong again

Here is something for you First Read: 

You might not have noticed but Ohio has consistently shown a closer race than KY.

My ranking of the most likely dem pick-ups:

1. Ohio

2. Florida (with Crist probably caucusing with Democrats)

3. Missouri

4. North Carolina (even if the polls dont show it yet)

5. Kentucky

6. New Hampshire

My prediction: 4 pick ups, 2 losses (North Dakota, Indiana), Senate: 59 D, 2 I, 39 R

by MarcTGFG 2010-06-12 01:09PM | 0 recs
RE: Conventional wisdom wrong again

I'm not sure Crist will caucus with the Republicans. He's not a bad guy. He was the state senator from where I grew up in Florida. But I still can't see him caucusing with the democrats. I think he is likely to be the first, true independent in the senate. But that's one less lock-step R, and I'll take it.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-06-12 02:19PM | 0 recs
RE: Conventional wisdom wrong again

He's bound to caucus with someone; how else will he get committee assignments? He may not cop to it until after the election, though - votes first, committees later.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-06-13 04:31AM | 0 recs
Yeah, you're right.

But will the GOP welcome him back with open arms like we did to Lieberman? Would he even go back to them?

The man's been a Republican all his life. A sane one, but a Republican still.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-06-13 11:37AM | 0 recs
RE: Yeah, you're right.

There were several prominent Democrats who supported Lieberman, even after he lost the primary, much to the dismay of us netroots folks of course.  Others (including a certain President) went through the motions of endorsing Lamont but conspicuously refrained from doing anything real to elect him.

That stands in sharp contrast to Crist, who seems to have been disowned and labeled as a traitor by the ENTIRE GOP, even those who had previously endorsed him.  Maybe I'm wrong and the prominent Republicans are only paying lip service to Rubio, but I think this makes a big difference in terms of the respective candidates' desire to return to their old party's caucus.

And of course, let's not ignore the fact that it makes a difference whether your caucus is in the majority or the minority.

by Steve M 2010-06-14 05:36PM | 0 recs
RE: Conventional wisdom wrong again

First Read agrees with you. Notice how I said they called KY our second best pickup opportunity? They also put Ohio first.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-06-13 04:30AM | 0 recs


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