Ron Paul accuses Washington GOP elite of meddling

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 28 at 7:05 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is accusing GOP leaders in Washington of meddling in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race by trying to handpick the party nominee.

Paul made the statement in advance of his Saturday visit to Louisville where he will campaign for his son, Bowling Green eye surgeon Rand Paul.

Ron Paul was aiming the barb at Republican Senate candidate Trey Grayson, the recipient of a fundraiser held at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington last September. More than 20 sitting U.S. senators attended the event.

Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson countered by calling Rand Paul the hand-picked candidate of "out-of-state Libertarian crusaders."

Grayson and Rand Paul are running for the seat now held by retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.

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