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Ron and Rand Paul are holding a big rally together on the eve of the Iowa Caucus

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Originally published at Rare

Sunday at 8PM ET former Congressman Ron Paul will join his son Senator Rand Paul at the University of Iowa for a “The Revolution Continues” rally.

As Sen. Paul explained to Rare in a recent interview, he believes the liberty vote will “come home,” and that his father’s backers will caucus in Iowa in support of his candidacy.

Regarding his Iowa ground game, Paul told Rare that he has captains in over 1,000 precincts, and that his volunteers have made calls and knocked on doors aggressively, putting him ahead of other campaigns in the state.

“These are feats that have been unheralded by the media,” said Paul.

Prior to Sunday evening’s rally, Paul held an event in Dubuque, Iowa with Rep. Thomas Massie, a fellow Kentuckian and liberty advocate who is helping to rally Paul’s troops in Iowa before Monday’s caucus.

Massie won his northern Kentucky congressional seat in 2012 with Paul’s endorsement.

To watch “The Revolution Continues” rally live, tune into Rand Paul’s Periscope livestream at 8PM ET/7 PM CT.

Kentucky Democrat who attacked Rand Paul over “Aqua Buddha” loses again

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Originally published at Rare

Jack Conway, Kentucky’s attorney general, lost to businessman Matt Bevin in the state’s gubernatorial race by a margin of 53 to 44 percent on Tuesday. This is Conway’s second high profile loss in recent years. In 2010, he was defeated by none now-presidential candidate and Senator Rand Paul. In fact, it was Conway who gained fifteen minutes of fame on a national scale for his infamous “Aqua Buddha” attack ad against Paul.

In his below-the-belt commercial, Conway conflated an inside joke between Paul and his friends about “bowing down to Aqua Buddha,” a clearly made-up character, with Paul being offensive to Christianity when Paul is in fact, a devout Christian. This led to Paul, who since becoming a Senator has been known for positive relationships with across-the-aisle colleagues, to refuse a handshake with Conway at the end of a senatorial debate.

Said Paul, “When this debate ends, you’ll notice I will not be shaking his hand tonight. I will not shake hands with someone who attacks my religion and attacks my Christian beliefs. These are very personal to me. My wife, my kids, we take this very personally. I will not be associated with someone who attacks my religion.”

Conway’s loss was one of many blows to Kentucky’s Democratic Party, which included the defeat of Adam Edelen, their state auditor. Edelen was the man Democrats expected to field against Rand Paul in the wake of critics claiming his presidential campaign could make him vulnerable to a Senate challenge.

Now, it appears as though Democrats will have to scramble to find a suitable challenger; a boon to Paul’s already safe reelection prospects. As Rare’s Jack Hunter reported:

National Journal published a story Tuesday titled, “Rand Paul’s Political Stock Dipping Back Home” citing the potential threat posed by Edelen,” yet despite this, as Hunter noted, “Harmon’s win was part of a GOP surge, with Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin defeating Democrat Jack Conway. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Harmon defeated Edelen 52 to 48 percent.”

RLC Endorsed Phil Moffett Falls Short in Kentucky

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Originally published at RLC.org

In Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary, RLC endorsed insurgent candidate Phil Moffett, despite performing better than expected, wasn’t able to beat his establishment opponent, State Senate President, David Williams. Upon first glance at the results with 70% of precincts reporting and Moffett down by about 7%, I was wondering where the vaunted Kentucky tea party network that propelled Senator Paul into office was. I was actually on the phone with Dave Nalle earlier when I went to my favorite source, Twitter, and did a #KYGov search to find the aforementioned information. Looking at what I unearthed, I said to Dave, “I’m honestly stunned that anyone who voted for Paul wouldn’t also vote for Moffett”. After further researching the dynamics however, it turns out there were various factors at play that made for very different races, despite the candidate’s similar ideology and being the tea party insurgents pitted against the establishment.

In fact, one of the first articles I came across when I googled Phil Moffett, directly answered the question I had rhetorically posed to Dave. “Why Phil Moffett Is Not Rand Paul”, written by Kevin Brennan at The National Journal, provided immense clarification regarding their differences.

The first issue, and one that is always central in any race, was Moffett’s problem with name recognition. Despite marketing himself as Senator Paul’s heir apparent, there’s no doubt that Ron Paul’s network is what initially provided his son with momentum. That, of course, leads into Moffett’s second problem; fundraising – which the elder Paul also aided his son with greatly. Williams ultimately outspent Moffett 10-1, which speaks volumes about Moffett’s lack of traction in the money raising area. Additionally, Moffett wasn’t able to capture Paul’s official endorsement, because Williams was also supported Paul against Grayson in 2010.

Rand Paul’s national network, combined with media fueled fervor over whether the Senate would be turned over to the Republicans, was also undoubtedly an advantage for him that Moffett lacked. Although Moffett’s campaign and allies such as Western Representation PAC tried to pitch the storyline that Moffett’s campaign was a national one because this GOP primary was the only one in 2011 in which the victor would face off with a pro Obama, Democrat incumbent Governor, creating national fervor in an off year over a primary that the media cares little about turned out to be nearly impossible.

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