"Paul not welcome at Pulaski County event
by Joe Arnold
Posted on February 8, 2010 at 12:06 AM
Updated yesterday at 10:42 AM
"No offense to my friends in Spencer County, but I was wondering why Rand Paul decided to speak at the Spencer County Lincoln Day dinner on Friday night, as opposed to the Pulaski County Lincoln Day dinner that same night. Pulaski County has six times as many registered Republicans as Spencer County (28,137 in Pulaski vs. 4,427 in Spencer).
"As it turns out, Paul was not invited to speak by the Pulaski County GOP after a speech at the Pulaski GOP picnic last fall, at which Paul railed against incumbent Congressmen, calling them "people (who) trade their votes to get pork barrel projects for their district."
"U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) was on the dais during the nine minute speech, and was reportedly upset by Paul's insinuations. Rogers has been in Congress since 1981 and has been villified over the years for pork barrel spending in his own district. The Lexington Herald-Leader has called him the "Prince of Pork," and a number of national publications have similarly criticized him.
"In the October speech, Paul said long time Congressmen "need to come back to our state and live like we do."
"Paul campaign manager David Adams confirms the snub by the Pulaski County GOP, and a connection to the speech last fall. Adams appeared at the Pulaski County dinner, while Paul -- trailed by CNN cameras -- spoke in Spencer County."
Of course Rand Paul in unwelcome in Hal Rogers territory. Rand Paul favors withdrawing the U.S. troops from Iraq; Hal Rogers says "Stay the Course". Rand Paul rails against pork barrel spending; Hal Rogers is "Mr. Pork Barrel". It would be nice if the Republican Party would revert to the policies that Kenneth Stepp supports. If you want to end the war, elect more Democrats. If you want to reduce national pork barrel spending and see a higher portion of Federal spending done in the national interest rather than for local pork barrel projects, then elect more Democrats. If Rand Paul is opposed to outright looting of the national treasury by the pork barrel interests, then it is no surprise that he was unwelcome at the Pulaski County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. Elect More Democrats. Vote Stepp for U.S. House.