Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rand Paul's 2010 thuggery tour continues - bullies 85 year old lady


I've just had the pleasure of speaking on the phone with Golda Pensol Walbert, Chairwoman of the Barren County Republican Party. Walbert is an 85-yr-old retired teacher who is recovering from cancer and, though now limited to walking with a walker, still enjoys being active in her community. Walbert is a recipient of Kentucky's Unbridled Spirit Award, presented to her by former Governor Ernie Fletcher (photo above) and was honored by the WKU-Glasgow Student Organization of Business and Professional Women's Club when they established a scholarship in her honor.

I decided to give Mrs. Walbert a call when I learned about a threat reportedly issued by Dr. Rand Paul at the Barren County Patriots Association Meeting on Tuesday. An attendee at the event had reported to me that Rand Paul made the following statement there in regard to the Barren County Lincoln Day Dinner:

"If I'm not invited, I'll stand out in the parking lot with my bullhorn."
Dr. Paul is apparently upset by the fact that the Barren County Republican Party has listed his opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, as the main speaker. Wondering what all the fuss was about, I decided to give Golda Walbert a call.

Walbert told me that she had been told of Dr. Paul's "bullhorn" remark and she was disturbed by it. She said that the Barren County Republican Party had every intention of inviting Dr. Paul to speak and had been trying to get in touch with him to do just that. She told me, "I don't have access to Rand Paul. I'd been trying to get him to return my call and finally got the office yesterday. I spoke to the chairman."

I asked her, "David Adams? The campaign manager?"

Walbert said, "Yes, David Adams, and he tore into me. I don't believe I have ever been talked as rough to."

Walbert told me that she extended the invitation for Dr. Paul to speak and Adams told her, "Only after you have met our requirements." He then asked that Dr. Paul be given equal time to speak and equal billing with Trey Grayson. Walbert reports that she told Adams that Dr. Paul could have equal time but that the tickets had already been printed. She told me that Adams asked her if she would have new tickets printed and she said, "No."

Walbert explained to me that they had wanted to have Trey Grayson be their keynote speaker at last year's Lincoln Day Dinner but that he had a scheduling conflict, so they decided to allow him to keynote this year. She explained that no county Republican executive committee is allowed, as a body, to issue an endorsement of any candidate in a primary election and that the decision to have one candidate be a keynote speaker should not, in any way, be deemed to be an endorsement of that candidate. Although individuals may endorse, she would not reveal to me which candidate she is personally supporting in the primary. She said that she didn't think it would be appropriate for her to do that considering her position.

Read the rest here: Rand Paul's 2010 thuggery tour continues

Rand Paul Says Adair County Republican Party "Laughing Stock of the State"

An event in Columbia, Kentucky tonight that was reportedly billed locally as a "townhall" meeting with Rand Paul turned out to be a fundraising rally according to Brandon Thompson, Public Relations officer for the Adair County Republican Party's Executive Committee. Thompson had come to learn more about the man for whom he had "some questions and a semi-favorable view". He told me via email, "I went with an open mind, because my thinking was, if he wins, I want to know who I'm voting for in November, and I agreed with several of his points." Thompson ended up leaving the event angry, however, and it was apparently with good reason.
is also a good title for this piece. That's the noise that babies make when they need a nap, or spoiled candidates make when they don't get their way.

Thursday night (2/24), our intrepid Team Johnson bloggerette, Lisa Graas, received some Tweets from Brandon Thompson, in Casey County. Brandon is on the Executive Committee of the Adair County Republican Party. According to the Tweets, Brandon had just left a meeting between the Adair County GOP and Rand Paul, where he had expressed displeasure with them about not being invited to the Lincoln Day Dinner in March. See below:


The Battle of Adair County
At some point in the evening, Rand Paul, doing what he does best, attacked the organizers of an upcoming Lincoln Dinner, the Adair County Republican Party, with this statement, “I’ll tell you one thing, your county party sure isn’t very friendly. In fact, in a few weeks you’re having a Lincoln Dinner, and Trey Grayson is the Keynote Speaker and I’ve not been invited.”

Rand Paul spokesman was promoter of 9/11 was an inside job conspiracy

Rand Paul spokesman Chris Hightower, noted below to have found it amusing to compare Trey Grayson to Adolf Hitler, was not forced to resign or even so much as apologize by Rand Paul or his campaign manager for this behavior. They had no problem with it, apparently. After the drip, drip, drip continued and it was exposed to the press he was an outspoken promoter of the "9/11 was an inside job" conspiracy, had tolerated and allowed racist posts on his myspace space (including a prominent vulgar location that Hightower had posted himself on the site), the Rand Paul campaign found that it was politically too toxic to keep him around and asked him to resign from the campaign. Hightower also appears to have had anti-Christian lyrics posted as part of a rock band he was in. This was all publicly available, yet either the Rand Paul campaign did nothing to even halfway check out the person it was hiring into this key role or they knew about it and had no problem with it. But most telling is when asked by the Courier-Journal if Rand Paul agreed with his former spokesman's belief that 9/11 was an inside job, the Rand Paul campaign couldn't even definitively that it wasn't - the response was that it was a "complicated situation" with "truth on both sides." Apparently not wanting to upset the out of state money bombers who are fueling his campaign.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rand Paul campaign tolerates official spokesman finding it amusing to compare Trey Grayson to Adolf Hitler

The Rand Paul campaign's official spokesman, Chris Hightower, endorsed as amusing in recent weeks a video posted by another Rand Paul supporter comparing Trey Grayson to Adolf Hitler - one of the worse mass murderers in all of history. Rand Paul tolerated this and kept him on the campaign - Rand Paul did not apologize, and his campaign spokesman was not even forced to apologize, and indeed he did not. He only came up with a ridiculous excuse, insulting to anyone with a modicum of intelligence (a pattern we are getting from the Rand Paul campaign), that he just found the "video" to be amusing, not the actual act of comparing Trey Grayson to Adolf Hitler. That begs the question - what about the video made it amusing to him if not comparing Trey Grayson to Adolf Hitler, since that is what the video showed.

Just another disturbing association of Rand Paul - the extremes we now know reach into his official campaign staff. Amazingly, on blogs where this issue is discussed, many Rand Paul supporters actually defend this disgusting comparison - stating it is legitimate "satire." There is nothing satirical about comparing Trey Grayson to a mass murderer. The heat of a campaign is no excuse to throw common decency out the window, and to endorse or tolerate such a thing indicates a serious lack of judgment and perhaps even integrity on the part of the Rand Paul campaign and its supporters.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rand Paul blatantly dishonest about Trey Grayson in latest campaign flyer

A letter signed by Rand Paul sent out from his campaign is embarrassingly dishonest. For a candidate that is supposedly a person of principle and a man who rises above politics as usual, you sure wouldn't know it by the way he behaves - like a typical politician - meeting the stereotype to its core. His latest letter intentionally and knowingly lies about his conservative opponent, Trey Grayson, stating he is "new to the party." No person with any amount of common sense could portray someone who has been in the party a decade as "new" to the party, let alone someone who is in his second term of elected office as Secretary of State. Rand Paul states Trey Grayson has switched because it is "now easier to win as a Republican." Once again, Grayson is currently in his second 4-year term as Secretary of State, and was elected and ran as a Republican - and only as a Republican - in both races. He has never ran for office as anything but a Republican, and switched well before and was active in Republican and conservative causes well before he first ran for office. The time of Grayson's switch to the Republican Party was when he was in his 20s, not a recent conversion, and was certainly not in an environment favorable for Republicans in the state of Kentucky - the GOP was so weak it did not even field candidates in the 1999 elections for most offices, suffered a massive landslide defeat, and the Democrats were in the midst of their seemingly unending 31 year reign in all state offices. Grayson's home congressional district was also won and held by Democrat Ken Lucas, and would likely still be in his hands had he not retired. Rand Paul's claims are completely bogus, and all part of his campaign of deception to falsely define his opponent.

Rand Paul's claims in the letter that he is and has been loyal to the Republican Party are also beyond absurd. Just last year Rand Paul participated in protests and a shadow convention of the Republican Party. It was only after a U.S. Senate seat was potentially opening up did he decide to become a loyal, active participant in the Republican Party - a far more recent conversion of loyalty to the party and to conservative philosophy than that of Trey Grayson - and his conversion was as a grown adult who should have been cooked long ago - not someone finding his way as a teenager and 20 something like Trey Grayson. Rand Paul's much more recent conversion of claimed loyalty to the Republican Party is purely political opportunism.

Rand Paul is a typical politician. Not a conservative. Not a Republican. Cannot be trusted. In the first post of this blog it was stated that the objective was to counter the claims of Rand Paul's supporters and that the fabrications being spread about Trey Grayson may not necessarily be coming directly from Rand Paul or his official campaign. At time goes on, that is clearly not the case, and seems these supporters are merely inspired by the deception from the candidate himself.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rand Paul campaign's backpeddling on flip-flops is laughable

After getting testy with conservative candidate for U.S. Senate Trey Grayson at a candidate's forum, candidate Rand Paul and his campaign manager David Adams are back peddling on Paul's liberal positions on the issues and making laughing stocks of themselves. From the Courier-Journal report on the candidate's forum:
On the Republican side, Secretary of State Trey Grayson accused Bowling Green ophthalmologist Rand Paul of posting a news release on his Web site indicating that Paul supports closing the prison for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
At first, Paul denied Grayson's claim.
“Then I guess you'll have to change your Web page,” Grayson said.
“You might learn to go read,” Paul shot back.
After looking at a screen grab of the news release after the forum, however, Paul told reporters that whoever was responsible for the posting “is going to be in trouble.”
“I was not aware that it was on our Web site, and it's not my position,” Paul said.
Said Grayson: “It's beyond disingenuous to disown something that you put on your own Web page and you keep on your own Web page nearly six months after you put it on your Web page.”
Paul campaign manager David Adams responded later:
“This race is going to be heated for a lot of reasons,” Adams said. “I would hope the least of which would be an unauthorized, mistaken statement that was printed on Rand's Web site, unbeknownst to him, six months ago."


Can you believe these excuses? The campaign manager and the candidate weren't aware of a position statement put out by their campaign that's been posted on their website for six months? What else are they planning to back peddle on (and probably going through and deleting from the website as we speak to erase the paper trail)? In addition, the claim of an inaccurate website post doesn't cover his verbal statements previously which contradict his claim he now supports military tribunals (see the below blog post showing Rand Paul's quotes from the Alex Jones show - one of a number of Rand Paul's appearances with a top leader of the 9/11 truth conspiracy movement).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rand Paul v. Rand Paul - he and John Kerry have flip flopping in common

Perhaps Dr. Paul isn't directly behind all of the insane attacks on Trey Grayson such as those outlined below, but he is certainly capable of mastering the flip flopping technique of his fellow typical politicians, and gets rather testy when Grayson confronts him on this whopper:

Rand Paul vs. Himself

Transcript of Rand Paul flip-flop on terrorist detainees (at the KY Association of Counties forum this morning):

Rand Paul: "I want to be just very explicit about this. I'm opposed toclosing down Guantanamo bay, I'm opposed to trying them in civilcourt, and I'm in favor of military tribunals."

Trey Grayson: "Then I guess you'll have to change your webpage?"

Rand Paul: "Learn to read!"

Looks like Trey Grayson's reading skills are in good shape - it's either Rand Paul's memory or truth telling skills that turn out to be lacking:

Rand Paul vs. Himself
Posted: Thursday, November 19th Filed in: Press Releases
Florence, Kentucky—
Rand Paul proved today at the Kentucky Association of Counties forum that he is practiced in the Washington art of flip-flopping when he could not provide a straight answer on the issue of protecting America's national security.

Rand Paul has previously endorsed the Obama Administration policy of bringing the most dangerous terrorists on Earth to U.S. soil, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several co-conspirators. Paul and Obama want to close the $200 million detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and prosecute these terrorists in civilian courts.

"While he had difficulty providing a straight answer today, Paul's previous remarks supporting the Obama policy of closing Guantanamo and bringing the world's most dangerous terrorists to the U.S. have been as consistent as they are misguided," said Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson.

Rand Paul on terrorist detainees:
" ... it's kind of unclear whether these people are guilty, not guilty ... So I really think deportation or sending them back to their country of origin might be the best way to go. And none of it's fair, because some of them have been held years and years ..." - Alex Jones Show, 5/21/09.

Rand Paul "couldn't agree more" with those who believe Guantanamo has "significantly damaged the reputation of the United States" and who want to "see it shut down." - Rand Paul website post, 5/25/09.

"I think they should mostly be sent back to their country of origin or to tell you the truth I'd drop them back off into battle ... you're unclear, drop 'em off back into Afghanistan. It'd take them a while to get back over here." - YouTube video of Rand Paul speaking in Paducah, KY, 5/8/09.

Trey Grayson's petition opposing that policy has garnered 2,000 signatures after just one day.
"Our nation is at war," Grayson said. "We should never release our enemies back onto the battlefield to kill more Americans. We should try them in military tribunals outside the United States, and Guantanamo is the perfect place for that. We've spent $200 million building a facility to safely house these terrorists outside our borders and try them using military commissions that will protect their rights while keeping Americans safe."

Read the petition, the latest news on this topic and learn more about what other conservatives are saying at

Rand Paul is not the conservative in this race, and he certainly proves he just sticks his finger in the air to find his "principles" at any given moment with this little charade he's now trying to pull on Gitmo. Republican voters, let's not be fooled by this guy.