It’s the oldest ploy in politics. When a candidate screws up, blame the staff and start firing people.
Rand Paul, the Tea Party darling that upset the political establishment to win the Kentucky GOP Senatorial nomination and then upset most everyone else with off-the-wall comments about racial segregation, announced Tuesday he’s dumping his staff of political novices and volunteers and turning to more established political pros.
Palul said he’s planning a campaign staff shakeup but would not elaborate on the details.
Campaign manager David Adams, a Republican blogger before entering the heady world of statewide politics, will most likely be demoted and a longtime aide to Paul’s father, Jesse Benton, appears to be taking a more active role in the campaign.
Paul stuck his foot in his mouth right after his primary win by telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that he believes restaurants should have the right to discriminate if they wanted — a reflection of some of the more extreme views of the libertarian philosophy that his Father, Texas Congressman and failed Presidential contender Ron Paul, follows.
Paul, a doctor, appeared in hospital scrubs while addressing a lunch meeting of the Bowling Green Lions Club Tuesday and echoed the words of Charles Dickens in saying the past week “was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
But political pros say the worst is yet to come for Rand Paul.
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