May 19th, 2010
11:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Rand Paul's missed calls

Consider it a measure of the acrimony in the Kentucky Republican Party, ground zero Wednesday morning for the Tea Party insurgency.
Consider it a measure of the acrimony in the Kentucky Republican Party, ground zero Wednesday morning for the Tea Party insurgency.

Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - Consider it a measure of the acrimony in the Kentucky Republican Party, ground zero Wednesday morning for the Tea Party insurgency.

Dr. Rand Paul's campaign manager Dave Adams reacted with disbelief to reports that Secretary of State Trey Grayson had complained that Paul wouldn't take his concession call Tuesday night.

"That's false," said Adams, who noted that he personally received Grayson's call and he couldn't reach Paul at the time. "I said Rand isn't here. So Trey said tell him congratulations and I will say good things about him tonight and I'll see him on Saturday."

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WCPO-TV reported the slight, quoting Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson saying of the slight "it happened." The report also quotes Marc Wilson, whom they identify as a lobbyist and Grayson friend saying, "This is truly a classless act in politics." Hodson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kentucky Republicans are planning a unity rally Saturday, which is intended to publicly heal the perceived divide in the party. Both Grayson and Paul are scheduled to attend. The state GOP establishment, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, backed Grayson over Paul in the primary. McConnell was able to reach the winning candidate Tuesday night. Paul told CNN he and McConnell had a 2 to 3 minute phone call after his victory speech and each looked forward to the rally on Saturday.

According to Adams, Paul also received congratulatory calls from Mitt Romney, retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, and Sarah Palin. Adams laughed and said that if she wanted to, Palin could also make the claim that Paul refused her call because he couldn't reach the doctor when she called for him. "You saw the party last night, it was madness," Adams said.

Adams added that he personally called Grayson back Tuesday night, but didn't get through and has left word with Grayson's chief of staff asking him to call. He is confident the two men will speak Wednesday. "That's how I will resolve this idiocy," Adams said.

Adams believes the flap over the phone call is silly, but added that "I'm still excited. It doesn't deflate the balloon."


Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Kentucky • Popular Posts • Rand Paul • Tea Party movement
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  1. Pam

    Less than 24 hours and Grayson is already pouting. How utterly childish.
    Congratulations Dr. Paul. i don't know what you victory means yet but I think it might be that it will be easier to keep that seat from the Dems.

    May 19, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "Rand Paul says his victory sends a message"

    Yep. Sure does. It sends the message that Kentucky voters liked him more than Grayson. Any opinions about the Dem winning Murtha's seat over the Republican candidate, Captain Crazytalk? Sorry buddy, but your election wasn't a reading of the cosmic tea leaves.

    You know who's really "had enough"? The small remaining segment of sane people in this country who are ready to vomit every time some jackhole politician or yammering media bobblehead tries to extrapolate election results through their partisan and/or drum-up-controversy-for-ad-revenue goggles. That's who. Cut the crap.

    May 19, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Busy line? Dropped service? Was he out celebrating? OR sour grapes?

    May 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Hmmmmmm

    Grayson jealous?

    Paul cocky like Palin/Limbaugh?

    With all the proven lies told by some t-baggers last year, I'm reserving my opinion for awhile.

    May 19, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Tim in Kentucky

    If you really want to know what's happening on the ground in KY, ask regular people like me. Voters went for Rand Paul in big numbers because we're mad as hell and we'll not going to be lambs any more. I'm a center-right Republican but I voted for Rand because I think he will shake things up. In another year, I would have gladly voted for Trey Grayson. The time for REAL CHANGE is now. Rand will wipe that arrogant smile off of Obama's face.

    May 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I guess Mr. Grayson's defeat is a referendum on Mitch McConnell.

    May 19, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. John

    And the lunatic fringe continues to populate the Republican Party.

    May 19, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. stevegee

    Rand Paul is exactly what this country needs to get back on the "right" track!

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid and all the Democrats have dramatically sped up our nation's impending bankruptcy. So unless we make hard choices and take drastic measures, the U.S. will face the same fate as Greece. But the Democrats don't care, they seem bent on driving us off the cliff!

    Wake up people! In 2010, vote American, vote Republican!

    May 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Bill Haverly

    Sorry, Trey, but perhaps you are RINO and the TEA partiers saw it? I don't know you but I did see some clips of you on TV and you DID appear to me to be swell-headed and elitist. This may not be true, but it just appeared that way to me. If that's true, then you did not come across as a man of the people. The TEA partiers are 'the people". All politicians should know that no-one has a claim on public positions and all politicians can be beaten at the polls. The TEA partiers mean business and many politicians will go down this year because those folks are serious about taking the country back. If you are a true republican you should join in with them. Our country is still, after all, run by the people not the politicians.

    May 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. david john

    interesting that all of this took place at a very creamy, upscale, exclusive country club........sending the wrong message already guys......be careful.

    May 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. joe gudenas

    Joe Biden has no class a man should use no bad language especially if vice president of the U S A.

    May 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. geecee

    Hey, let's keep this in perspective. It's Kentucky! All Rand Paul had to promise the voters is if they vote for him, they would each get a carton of cigarettes, a case of beer and a new set of teeth and he was in!!!

    May 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Florida Joe

    Kind of wonder if the reason he couldn't be reached was that his victory speech was at a Private Exclusive Golf Club.........no wait, can't be.......Rand Paul is for the Average Guy right??
    What a bunch of Hypocrites........Can't wait till Saturday to see Mitch McChinless have to hug Rand..........WOW

    May 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Interesting

    Hey guess what Grayson you are a loser so why would a winner want to talk to you?

    May 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. beth

    Yee Haw, a win for the whack jobs. Can't wait for November.

    May 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Jason

    Wow..Ron Pauls tea party supported Rand Pauls election...let me show you my shocked face...waaaaaaahhhhhhhh

    May 19, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Enough

    Woa stop the presses for this big story.............big deal, certainly there must be some real news out there instead of this fluff cover up story to keep us from really knowing what is going on the world.

    May 19, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. markiejoe

    Rand will never win another election, so all this is moot.

    May 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. joe smith

    good on him..but, we are wondering, with the exit of Spector in Pa., will the President appoint Spector as one of his czars to oversee the very secretive Warrren Commission archives that he has been caring for, for 35 rears..I'd bet the barn on it..

    May 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. cjr

    Paul is a tea party person – nothing more needs to be said. the more interesting number is the total number of votes both democratic candidates received – I believe their combined vote total far out weighed the number that Paul received. Which will make for a most interesting November. I'm sure sarah will be arriving soon which will put the democratic candidate in a great place.

    May 19, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Chris

    What a jerk! Grayson supporters should boycott the November election, or better yet, Grayson should run as an independent.

    May 19, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Bowling Green

    Rand Paul had better enjoy this victory, because his next opponent will expose him for his extreme views that he has. That will not be hard either. Being conservative is NOT an extremist view. But thinking the Americans with Disabilities Act should be a local issue, not a national issue and wanting to do away with the Dept of Education is crazy.
    Many people agree the deficit is too high, but without education there is no future. Welcome to real politics Paul. You will be schooled.

    May 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Mattski

    Silly isn't the word for it. Puhlease.

    May 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. TeaPartyOn!

    Rand will have to do better than that in November. The Kentucky Democrat who lost the primary pulled substantially more votes than Rand Paul. Tea Party has a lot of work to do!

    May 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Jeffrey

    The fact that Nate Hodson, who made the stink in the first place, did not respond to requests for comment, tells me that Hodson is overstating the issue.

    May 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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