Tea party ponders loss in KY gubernatorial primary

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State-level tea party leaders who helped launch U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's meteoric rise from obscure small-town eye doctor to nationally known conservative leader thought they had a sure winner again in Kentucky's Republican gubernatorial primary.

Now, some are miffed that national tea party bigwigs didn't step up to help Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, an articulate political outsider with telegenic good looks and conservative philosophies. Moffett lost Kentucky's GOP primary to state Senate President David Williams, a career politician with more than two decades in the legislature.

Boonesborough factory worker Michael Maggard said he questions the commitment of some national tea party leaders to the overall movement.

Maggard believes a simple endorsement from the likes of Paul or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could have turned the election.

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