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.

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.

Paul, Palin, and Puerility

Dear Sarah,

I know that in your eyes I’m a socialist lefty pajamas-wearing blogger, but in honor of today’s Idaho primary, a place where we both grew up and even share an alma mater in North Idaho College, I hope you’ll be willing to set aside our differences for a moment and clear just one thing up for me.

Why, when you or Rand Paul say something stupid in response to a reporter’s question, is it the reporter’s fault for playing “gotchya” journalism, but when Barack Obama says something you don’t like, it’s proof that he’s a "reckless" "socialist" hell bent on destroying our national defense?

This strikes me as a hypocritical double standard, but I’m sure that's only because my un-American elitism blinds me to your no-doubt obvious and honorable motives. Please help me remove my blinders, and explain this to me. Thanks!!!

Respectfully yours,
Nathan

BTW, speaking of Rand Paul’s diarrhea of the mouth, KY-SEN Democratic nominee Jack Conway has launched the following brief but pointed petition. Please sign it:

Rand Paul said that holding BP accountable for the Gulf oil spill - one of the greatest environmental disasters in history - is “un-American.” Rand Paul apparently thinks that corporations should be allowed to do what they see fit without oversight or accountability, even when it hurts working families and taxpayers.

Sign this petition to join Jack Conway’s campaign and tell Rand Paul that we need Senators who will stand up for working families and fight to hold BP and Wall Street corporations accountable.

Paul, Palin, and Puerility

Dear Sarah,

I know that in your eyes I’m a socialist lefty pajamas-wearing blogger, but in honor of today’s Idaho primary, a place where we both grew up and even share an alma mater in North Idaho College, I hope you’ll be willing to set aside our differences for a moment and clear just one thing up for me.

Why, when you or Rand Paul say something stupid in response to a reporter’s question, is it the reporter’s fault for playing “gotchya” journalism, but when Barack Obama says something you don’t like, it’s proof that he’s a "reckless" "socialist" hell bent on destroying our national defense?

This strikes me as a hypocritical double standard, but I’m sure that's only because my un-American elitism blinds me to your no-doubt obvious and honorable motives. Please help me remove my blinders, and explain this to me. Thanks!!!

Respectfully yours,
Nathan

BTW, speaking of Rand Paul’s diarrhea of the mouth, KY-SEN Democratic nominee Jack Conway has launched the following brief but pointed petition. Please sign it:

Rand Paul said that holding BP accountable for the Gulf oil spill - one of the greatest environmental disasters in history - is “un-American.” Rand Paul apparently thinks that corporations should be allowed to do what they see fit without oversight or accountability, even when it hurts working families and taxpayers.

Sign this petition to join Jack Conway’s campaign and tell Rand Paul that we need Senators who will stand up for working families and fight to hold BP and Wall Street corporations accountable.

Rand Paul Trying to Back Out of "Meet the Press" Interview

It's never a good sign for a campaign when the candidate is forced to cancel scheduled interviews. But that's exactly what's happening in the Kentucky Senate race, according to "Meet the Press" producer Betsy Fischer:

BetsyMTP Friday drama here @DrRandPaul having a tough week. Now trying to cancel big #MTP interview for Sunday that he committed to on Wednesday. #ky

It's certainly a strategy for a candidate enmeshed in a national political scandal to try to hide away from the press -- but it's not necessarily a good one. It's always possible that some other news will overtake discussion of Rand Paul's controversial racial stance -- but it's also possible that left in the public square, debate over the Paul's position will only continue.

Regardless, considering that if Paul does cancel his appearance he would, according to Sam Stein, join just Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar as "Meet the Press" guest canceling last minute, this can't be good news for the GOP's Senate nominee from Kentucky.

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