Monday, November 9, 2009

Congressional Quarterly: Grayson's "Moderation" Forcing Him To Battle Conservative Rand Paul

CQ has picked up on what everyone in the Commonwealth already knows. When Mitch McConnell flew up to DC from Louisville and brought Trey Grayson around to strong-arm our Conservative Senator Jim Bunning out of the race, they cast aside the feelings of the real Conservative base at home in the Commonwealth, which is now rallying around Rand Paul. CQ writes:

Another Cornyn tactic paid off in July when Jim Bunning announced that he would retire: He was shown polling by Cornyn that made clear a third term would be tough to get. Cornyn ceded the job of anointing a GOP candidate to his close friend and boss, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , who settled on an ally back home, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. But Grayson’s moderation — he conceded that he cast his first presidential vote for Bill Clinton in 1992 — is forcing him to fight for the nomination against a well-funded conservative, Rand Paul.