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Graas complains about Paul's 'astroturf'

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 15, 2010 at 6:20 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 15 at 5:00 AM

I began reading Kentuckian Lisa Graas' blog mainly because of her former role as the "Twibe" leader of a Twitter account dedicated to Sarah Palin.

With Palin's endorsement of Rand Paul in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, a disillusioned Graas has since abdicated the twitter feed to a Palin loyalist and Graas is stressing that she is supporting Todd County businessman Bill Johnson in the Senate race, and not the other frontrunner, Trey Grayson.  Graas says I failed to include that important point in a previous blog that focused on the Palin news in Kentucky.

And, in a new blog post, Graas continues her criticism of Rand Paul, citing what she says is another instance of the Paul campaign's "astroturfing," meaning that Paul's "grassroots" support is manufactured.  Graas reprints an e-mail that does not mention Paul by name, but doesn't have to.

From: "Campaign for Liberty" john.f.tate@campaignforliberty.com
Subject: Mobilize for freedom in Kentucky
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 07:09:20 -0800

Friend in liberty,

Young Americans for Liberty has announced an exciting new
project to recruit over 100 youth activists to spend their Spring
Break, March 15 - 21, in Kentucky.

Ron Paul's former youth coordinator, Jeff Frazee, and his staff
at YAL are counting on the support of the entire liberty movement
to make this event a success.

Please take a moment to read this letter from Jeff, and help in
any way you can.

In liberty,
John Tate

YAL is proud to invite you to join more than 100 youth activists
for Spring Break, March 15 - 20, in Louisville, KY!

Inspired by Ron Paul's Christmas Vacation 2008 in Iowa, YAL's
Spring Break in Kentucky invites young activists from across the
country to participate in a full week of intensive political

For 2 days, attendees will convene at a youth camp outside of
Louisville, KY and receive expert training from top campaign
professionals. Students will learn strategies and techniques to
build coalitions, appeal to the political base, and mobilize
voters in 2010.

For the remainder of the week, graduates will utilize their
training in the field as a volunteer for the candidate of their
choice. [Note: YAL does not support, endorse, or promote any
candidate running for office].

All YAL members are invited to apply, and admission is only $30.
All lodging, meals, training, materials, and transportation
within Kentucky is provided by generous YAL donors. All
attendees have to do is get there (and pay your $30).

"I have to work" and "I'm going skiing" are no longer excuses.
Take off work or school March 15 - 20 and come serve your

Jobs and internships will be offered on-the-spot to top

We must no longer sit on the sidelines. This is our opportunity
to declare war on Washington and advance the freedom movement!

Student sponsorships help mobilize over 100 youth activists to
participate in Spring Break in Kentucky.

Each sponsorship is $120 and provides lodging, meals, training,
and materials for a single student. These young liberty leaders
are relying on the generous support of the freedom movement to
learn the skills they need to make an impact. Please participate
in this vital project by sponsoring a student today.

Our future is at stake, and these future leaders need your help.
Please support YAL's Spring Break in Kentucky by sponsoring a
student to attend.

For liberty,

Jeff Frazee
Executive Director, YAL

P.S. - Join me and more than 100 youth activists in Kentucky
this Spring Break. Or, you can participate by sponsoring a
student to attend this week of training and campaigning.