Trey Grayson, Rand Paul’s 2010 Primary Opponent, Reflects on His Adversary's Meteoric RiseSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 22:48
By Eric Benson
In summer 2009, GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to have gotten his way. He had successfully strong-armed his cantankerous Bluegrass State colleague Jim Bunning into retirement, and he had cleared the field for the ascension of Trey Grayson, a McConnell favorite and Kentucky's 37-year-old secretary of state. But an ophthalmologist and first-time candidate named Rand Paul had other ideas. A year later, Paul had clobbered Grayson in the Kentucky GOP primary and was soon raising hell in the Senate. Grayson had packed his bags and accepted a job as director of Harvard's Institute of Politics.
With Frank Rich writing an essay in the magazine on Paul's unexpected rise and influence, we decided to check in with Grayson to see what he now thought of the adversary he once called a "grandstander" with "strange ideas."
When did you first realize that Rand Paul could be a serious threat to you?
It was when Rand had his first big money bomb. That’s where you encourage a lot of people to give money on one particular day online. It’s like a virtual fund-raiser. His dad had done these money bombs in the presidential race in 2008 and they’d been pretty successful. We were curious how the money his dad could raise would translate to our race. They raised a lot of money. I always thought I was going to beat him, but that was the first time where I said, Wow, maybe there really is something here. He could be a lot more trouble than we thought. This is more than a few diehards. This is real. Money is real.