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."