Diary

Rand Paul Pondering Kentucky Senate Run

Dr. Rand Paul is an opthalmologist practicing out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is also a strong believer in limited government and individual freedom and has formed an exploratory committee for the 2010 Senate race. Here’s the bio from his website www.randpaul2010.com

Rand Paul is the third of five children. He grew up in a small town in Texas and attended Baylor University before leaving to go to Duke Medical School. Dr. Paul completed a General Surgery Internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and earned his ophthalmology residency at Duke University.

Dr. Paul is married to his loving wife, Kelley Ashby, of Russellville, KY. They have been married for 18 years and have three boys: Will 16, Duncan 13, and Robert 10.

Dr. Paul has owned his own business, performing eye surgery in Bowling Green, KY, for 18 years. He is also the founder of the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that performs eye exams and surgery for less fortunate patients.

Additionally, Dr. Rand Paul founded the Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU) in 1994. KTU rates the state legislature’s tax honesty and helps promote the Americans for Tax Reform taxpayer pledge, to oppose any and all marginal income tax increases and any reduction in tax deductions.

Dr. Rand Paul delivered his first public speech in a debate with Senator Phil Gramm at the age of 21 in San Antonio.   For his father’s Presidential campaign, Dr. Rand Paul traveled throughout ten different states.  In December of 2007, he spoke to thousands of supporters at the historic Fanueil Hall in Boston on the day his father’s campaign set the record for most online donations in a single day.

Rand Paul is a career doctor, not a politician.  His entrance into politics is indicative of his life’s work: a desire to diagnose problems, and provide practical solutions.

The tax protesting tea parties which drew much national attention this April were originated during his father’s presidential campaign in 2007. Here is Rand speaking at the Boston Tea Party in December of that year.

Dr. Paul decided to take a closer look at the race after sitting Senator Jim Bunning has given mixed signals on retirement including encouraging Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson to form an exploratory committee.

Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, the most endangered Republican up for reelection in 2010, appears headed for retirement after giving his leading GOP rival the blessing to prepare to run for his seat next year.

…On Thursday afternoon, Kentucky GOP Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced that he would form an exploratory committee to run for Bunning’s seat — a move that Kentucky GOP operatives say is a precursor to Bunning’s retirement. Grayson’s entry will come as a relief to Kentucky Republicans and Senate GOP leaders, who may now have reason to believe their party could hold on to this seat.

“He told Trey to do this,” one senior congressional official said of Bunning. “Why else would he tell his main rival to prepare for a run?”

On May 14 Rand Paul announced the formation of his own exploratory committee for the Senate race.

Dr. Paul has strong grassroots support behind his belief in limited government and individual liberty. In 3 short weeks he has already raised more than $66,000.

He is currently speaking with voters in Kentucky.

Just a few weeks ago, Dr. Rand Paul thrilled Kentucky conservatives by announcing that he would explore the possibility of a run for the United States Senate in 2010. Since that announcement, he has made travel plans that will take him throughout the state of Kentucky to speak with both current and potential supporters in order to spread knowledge of the campaign.The increasing campaign donations that are evidenced on the campaign website indicate that these plans are working.

His next stop on the Kentucky trail will take place on June 15th at the Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, KY. While the Carroll County Republican Party will host the event, the public are very welcome to attend. This event will be among the first of many as Dr. Paul continues to communicate the classic Republican message of small government and fiscal responsibility.

These opportunities to convey the heart of Dr. Paul’s campaign to Kentucky voters are vital. It is clear that the more people hear Dr. Paul’s message of freedom, the more enthusiastic their response becomes. He would like to encourage Republicans and non-Republicans alike to come out to an event near them to hear a diagnosis of some of our country’s problems and the time-tested solutions he offers.