Here is an article about how the Rand Paul campaign has turned the dirty tricks of the Grayson campaing into positive coverage. Bluegrass Bulletin writes…
Rand Paul’s campaign is phenomenal. No matter what Trey Grayson does Paul’s folks have an uncanny knack for seizing the moment for themselves.
Last week WYMT reported in advance of Monday’s airing, that Grayson claimed during an interview that Paul was “not a Kentuckian”. In a matter of minutes it seemed the Internet and mainstream news sources, were buzzing with Paul’s response that he has been a Kentuckian far longer than Grayson has been a republican.
Then Paul added fuel to the fire by his good natured call for Grayson to send him a check, either a government one or a personal one, as a refund of all the Kentucky taxes Paul had been paying over the years some of which had been paying Grayson’s salary. The banter was lighthearted but it was Paul who got the attention and more favorably than Grayson from the affair.
Today a Youtube video surfaced in which a stone faced young man (allegedly a Grayson employee) is seen video taping Rand Paul cooking at a charity event. Chris Hightower, employed by Rand Paul, tries to get the young man to speak and with a good deal of humor answers for him every time “no comment”. The Grayson person is supposed to be a “tracker”, someone who follows a candidate around to capture footage for use later in attack commercials.
So how did Paul come out of this one? With a bunch of favorable, lighthearted press again making Grayson look like the dark force lurking around looking for a chance to pounce and Paul like the more open and charitable of the two.
Whether it is by luck or not, the Paul campaign seems to have a golden touch so far. No matter what is thrown
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It would almost seem that Trey Grayson has become a supporter of Dr. Rand Paul. While Dr. Paul has been touring the state talking with voters about a variety of issues (and discussing them in depth), Secretary Grayson has been strangely silent. Until now, Secretary Grayson’s website now has issues on it!!! He has used this chance to show the voters what differences there are between him and Dr. Paul. He has climbed the mountain and boldly declared to the world, “I believe nearly everything Dr. Paul dooooeeesss!!!!” ??????? Campaign manager for the Rand Paul campaign writes:
U.S. Senate opponent Trey Grayson has tried to make this campaign a popularity contest for six months, not taking positions on serious issues. Rand Paul has run circles around him promoting balanced budgets, free market health reform, stronger national defense, and auditing the Federal Reserve while Grayson grumbled at Rand for daring to criticize the Bailout Senators funding Trey’s campaign.
So it was funny on Tuesday to see Grayson change strategies and start talking on his web site about — you guessed it — promoting balanced budgets, free market health reform, stronger national defense, and auditing the Federal Reserve. He’s against Republicans voting for bailouts, now, too. Where’s your party loyalty, man?
Glad to see Trey coming around to where Rand has been all along. For Rand, though, holding to Constitutional principles isn’t just something you do to position yourself in a Republican primary. Rand really means it.
This anaylsis is courtesy of David at the Lumbering Along Blog. David writes:
Grayson talks about his “good barbecue dinners” and his soccer practices. He decries the Democrat attempts with such invective as “Unbelievable: Pelosi and House Dems are pushing bills to increase FY 2010 domestic discretionary spending by over 12%.,” yet he never says without compromise whether or not he will not vote for any spending increases no matter how small if we honor him with election.
I have had a chance to visit with Dr. Paul. I have heard him speak with passion and conviction on the Constitution. Dr. Paul has convinced me he will operate within the constraints of the sacred document.
I haven’t heard Mr. Johnson make any presentations yet.
I heard Secretary Grayson speak in Lexington. He was not particularly interesting. He talked about himself and his service as Secretary of State of Kentucky. He is the chief election officer of the Commonwealth. The office is one of a clerk. It depends on career civil servants for its successful operation. If I am wrong, please correct me.
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I can’s say much about this except that it is BRILLIANT! Courtesy of the The Custard Pie…
It appears that the Kentucky establishment is getting nervous …
As widely reported, Kentucky Republican US Senate candidate, Rand Paul raised and astounding amount of money within the recent third quarter of just over one million dollars … over $368,000.00 more in Q3 than his rivals.
This development has sent several media outlets into full spin mode as Joseph Gerth of the Louisville Courier Journal wrote this week:
“Paul’s primary opponent, Trey Grayson, is making a big deal about the fact that 92 percent of his donors are from Kentucky — as if to say that he has the support of the states’ voters. Paul seems to understand that he needs to fight the impression that his national support detracts from his electability in Kentucky. But he estimated that he has received campaign contributions from some 14,000 contributors — and only about 2,200 live in Kentucky.”
2,200 Kentucky contributors for Rand Paul was equal to the total number of contributors for establishment candidate, Trey Grayson, from all states including Kentucky. Small omission there Joe.
With the media, there’s often the case of lies, damn lies, and statistics. [ READ MORE!! ]
Dr. Rand Paul has responded to Trey Grayson’s bizarre and elitist accusation that Dr. Rand Paul is not a “Kentuckian” and thus unfit to run for the Senate. Dr. Rand Paul has practiced medicine in Bowling Green for the last 18 years and has raised his children in Kentucky. Besides, Dr. Rand Paul has lived in Kentucky longer than the former democrat Trey Grayson has been a Republican! Ha!
Watch Dr. Rand Paul explain it here…
Part 1: Rand Paul at Shelbyville GOP 10-22-09
Part 2: Rand Paul at Shelbyville GOP 10-22-09
For another excellent take please visit the Kentucky Colonel…
Apparently, I am not the only one who has noticed that Dr. Rand Paul is not afraid to take a stand on issues. The Kentucky Colonel writes:
On Tuesday October 20, 2009, Dr. Rand Paul made clear that he is in the Kentucky US Senate race to win, not merely as a protest candidate or to press his opposition to big government, bailouts and runaway spending.
Dr. Paul strongly communicated his long held Pro-Life position and commitment to end abortion by endorsing the “Day of Silent Solidarity” in which students at nearly 4000 schools and numerous homeschoolers refrain from speaking for a day to draw attention to those children permanently silenced by the atrocity of abortion. Participating students observe the day by not speaking and responding to questioners by distributing educational materials and praying for the victims of abortion. His statement concluded: “Rand Paul supports the efforts of these students and pledges to do everything in his power as a United States Senator to end abortion.”
Such an unequivocal pro-life stance has not been seen historically from Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Kentucky Right to Life groups have been divided about Grayson, the Northern Kentucky Right to Life declining to endorse him, while a hometown Right to Life, did.
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Maybe you’ve heard of Trey Grayson and maybe you haven’t. If you have heard of him you are likely to either be related to him or have dealt with him in an official capacity as the Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In this election Trey Grayson prefers to be unseen and unheard. In contrast, Dr. Rand Paul has been on a whirlwind tour of Kentucky as he introduces himself to regular Kentucky voters. It must be working, despite never having held elected office and not having state-wide name recognition he is closing the gap with the “favorite” in the primary and neck-and-neck with Mongiardo or Conway in the general.
For example, compare the two campaign websites. RandPaul2010 is brimming with more information than the average joe would expect. Rand provides an explanation for just about any position that a candidate can take. It would take hours to truly research Dr. Rand Paul on the issues and to watch his many speeches and interviews. Trey “Invisible” Grayson on the other hand can’t bother to put a single issue up on his site and finding him at something other than a lobbyist fundraiser is a tough nut to crack. Even satirical Trey Grayson sites provide more information (though a bit toungue-in-cheek) than the current Kentucky Secretary of State’s page. Maybe his focus groups and handlers haven’t figured out what he believes yet. I’m not sure.
One thing I am sure of is that Dr. Rand Paul knows what he believes and is taking that message to the everyday people of Kentucky. Maybe he will make a stop near you soon…