What I missed on Christmas vacation: The relentness campaigning by Rand Paul's campaign manager David Adams, who has been cranking out the news releases and planning for Dr. Paul's official filing. I have pasted the full updates from the campaign, below. Yet, here is the thumbnail version:
Making it official: Rand Paul will make a trip to rival Trey Grayson's office on Wednesday, not for a duel but to officially file papers to become a candidate for U.S. Senate. In a continuing effort by Paul to convince Republicans that he really is one of them, he will then hold a news conference at the Kentucky GOP headquarters.
Challenge to Beshear: Paul challenged Kentucky's governor to take on fellow Democrats in Congress to urge defeat of the "socialized medicine bill" that passed in the Senate. "The Medicaid unfunded mandate on Kentucky citizens in the federal bill should be enough for anyone who cares about Kentucky to oppose the bill the U.S. Senate passed Thursday," Paul said.
On the PPP poll that showed Paul leading Trey Grayson by 19 points: "I look forward to answering a lot more questions about why Rand is winning and look forward to Rand's opponents' having to answer questions about why they are losing." Campaign manager David Adams is clearly enjoying himself these days.
Paul jingles the Liberty Bell: His Christmas greeting to supporters -- "We have been fortunate to meet so many people who, like you, long for a return to the principles of liberty."
Endorsement from Concerned Women PAC: “Rand is strongly pro-life, and has pledged his support for federal measures to end abortion. Additionally, Rand is pro-parental rights, and will fight to get the federal government out of the business of indoctrinating our children with the liberal agenda, and will fight for both alternative schools and home schools."
I've included the full releases/statements for the blogging faithful:
This Wednesday, December 30, marks the official beginning of an historic journey. Rand Paul will travel to Frankfort, Kentucky to file his papers as a candidate for the United States Senate. Friends in the area will meet him at the State Capitol Building at 2:00 pm ET in the Secretary of State's office.
This is your invitation to join us.
Immediately following the filing, we will go to Republican Party of Kentucky Headquarters at 105 W. 3rd Street in Frankfort for a press conference.
The support for Rand's campaign grows stronger every day. With nearly $1.75 million in campaign contributions and a poll from the independent Public Policy Polling organization last week showing Rand earning a nineteen point lead over his nearest GOP primary competitor, a grassroots-powered victory in 2010 looks more likely now than ever before.
Keep an eye on the events section of Rand's web site and be sure to check out the campaign blog for late-breaking news. And make sure to save the date January 30, 2010. Rand will hold a unique event in Louisville with Congressman Ron Paul. Plan to join us at 4:00 pm ET on Saturday, January 30 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children, with a maximum charge of $70 per family.
Thanks for your support and for spreading the word!
David Adams, campaign manager
Rand Paul for U.S. Senate
U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul challenged Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to put aside partisan obligations and urge U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler to oppose the Democrats' socialized medicine bill to protect the people of his state.
"The Medicaid unfunded mandate on Kentucky citizens in the federal bill should be enough for anyone who cares about Kentucky to oppose the bill the U.S. Senate passed Thursday," Paul said. "I been talking to people across this state about ways to improve our health care system. Increasing the state's budget deficit isn't one of them."
Rand Paul supports higher deductibles, ending government price fixing, and allowing health insurance innovations such as purchase across state lines to lower health care costs.
"It doesn't matter to me one little bit whether Rand Paul is winning by three points or nineteen this early in the game. Rand has dominated his opponents in every facet of campaign activity and substance. Given Rand's reform agenda in opposition to the professional politician ruling class, I look forward to answering a lot more questions about why Rand is winning and look forward to Rand's opponents' having to answer questions about why they are losing." -- campaign manager David Adams
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Christmas is a time to reflect on the blessings we have been given. We have been fortunate to meet so many people who, like you, long for a return to the principles of liberty. It has been an honor to work with you to support and defend the ideals that we hold dear. I can't thank you enough for your support. Here's wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas with peace, prosperity and liberty in the coming New Year.
Rand, Kelley, Will, Duncan, and Robert Paul
December 22, 2009
Concerned Women Political Action Committee Endorses Dr. Rand Paul
for U.S. Senate in Kentucky
Rand Paul’s strong pro-life view, history of fighting for freedom, and love of the Constitution, makes him the right choice for the United States Senate.
Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women Political Action Committee (CWPAC) has announced its endorsement of Rand Paul for United States Senate in Kentucky.
Concerned Women PAC is affiliated with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with more than 500,000 grassroots members nationwide.
The Senate seat in Kentucky will become open when pro-life Senator Bunning retires at the end of this term in 2010.
Dr. Rand Paul’s campaign has been gaining national support and recognition for months. He has raised over $1.7 million dollars to date, an almost unheard of amount for a political outsider who has never run for office before.
“Rand Paul is a strong man of faith and of conviction” said Beverly LaHaye, founder and chairman of Concerned Women PAC.
“Rand is strongly pro-life, and has pledged his support for federal measures to end abortion.
Additionally, Rand is pro-parental rights, and will fight to get the federal government out of the business of indoctrinating our children with the liberal agenda, and will fight for both alternative schools and home schools.