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LA Times: Focus on Kentucky Senate Primary & Teaparty Power

Tea party activists, others focus on Kentucky after toppling Sen. Bennett in Utah
DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent
May 9, 2010 | 11:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After toppling three-term Republican Sen. Robert F. Bennett in Utah, tea party activists and other conservative critics shifted their sights Sunday to a mid-May primary in Kentucky, their next big challenge to a political establishment they have vowed to upend.

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In contrast to Utah, where about 3,500 party activists determined which candidates would qualify for the ballot, the May 18 contest in Kentucky is a traditional primary election, open to all registered Republicans.

There, Secretary of State Trey Grayson has the support of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Rep. Hal Rogers, a veteran lawmaker and dozens of local political leaders.

"I rarely endorse in primaries, but these are critical times," McConnell said in a television ad that began airing in rent days. "President Obama's spending threatens to destroy more jobs. ... We need Trey's conservative leadership to help turn back the Obama agenda."

Grayson's challenger, Rand Paul, the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas, has the backing of tea party activists, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes and — after a switch last week — evangelical leader James Dobson.

Additionally, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has endorsed Paul as part of an attempt to push the party rightward, calling him "a true conservative who will stand up to the Washington establishment."

"Rand is exactly the kind of leader Americans are looking for right now," DeMint said. "He's not a career politician and he's got the guts to stand up to the massive spending, bailouts and debt that are being forced on us in Washington."

While some public polls show Paul with a healthy lead, private surveys show a much closer race with more than two weeks remaining.

Earlier contests have produced mixed results for the insurgents.

Tea party activists are credited with helping one-time longshot Marco Rubio to a commanding position in the race for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Florida.

Gov. Charlie Crist, who began the campaign as the favorite, quit the party and is now running as an independent in an unpredictable three-way race.

Last week, tea party activists failed to defeat a single incumbent in primaries in three states. In Indiana, they and DeMint backed a losing rival to former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, who is trying to mount a comeback.

DeMint was officially neutral in Utah. But he made no attempt to come to Bennett's aid, and quickly endorsed Lee in a video shown to the convention delegates later in the day.


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Michael Nystrom's picture

Trey is going to try to steal it

While some public polls show Paul with a healthy lead, private surveys show a much closer race with more than two weeks remaining.

Why else does he keep putting out the bogus "internal poll" numbers?

Now they're getting picked up in the news...

Then his puppet 501c4 goes and spends 100K on negative advertising...

Negative advertising helps close the gap...

Next, his internal numbers will show him actually leading by 10 points a few days before the election...

Then the final push of GOP support for Grayson. I saw the kind of money they can mobilize behind their guy. I saw them do it here in MA for Scott Brown. Commercials everywhere. A phone call every day...

Then he and Voldermort (Cheney) go and tally the results from the black block voting machines on election night...

This is the playbook, in my opinion.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
SteveMT's picture

Who is watching the watchmen? In other words,

Grayson is not unbiased. He needs scrutiny. Rand Paul should have his own people there, watching Grayson's people.

How the court system adjudicated that Grayson can count the ballots accurately in his own primary is ludicrous!

The worst: Reporting these

unattributed "private surveys". The absolute worst, makes the National Enquirer look like a bastion of respectable journalism.

Hope folks call them out on this before they can spread this misinformation any further.

In the last Mayoral Election here in NYC, the NYT got away with something very similar claiming a commanding lead for Bloomberg for months, attributed to some vague unspecified poll repeating it in every election story over and over so often that other news outlets could not help but follow.

Come the DAY AFTER the election, which Bloomberg(with their endorsement)won by a very small margin they casually mention that they were reporting one survey taken before the primary election months earlier and that they were well aware of other more recent polls which showed the race to be very close.

After reading more than 20 yrs, that was the last day I bought that paper.

SteveMT's picture

The private counting of KY votes will be next.

Again this is the LA Times reporting "The News."


What do expect from LAtimes? Half ass reporting that is biased. Next...

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

"private surveys show a much

"private surveys show a much closer race" ; gotta love unattributed polls.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

SteveMT's picture

That is right.

Why even mention the private survey?

I guess that we should be thankful for the LA Times even mentioning Rand Paul, the reason for this posting.

The private survey..

Greyson's poll? So he can then count the ballots, declare victory and point to his own survey that showed him in a toss up race?....

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Michael Nystrom's picture


This needs to be taken seriously.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.