For weeks now Rand Paul has been considering a run for US Senate in Kentucky, anticipating that Sen. Bunning will retire. This week he let it be known that he would be making a major announcement on national television, on the Rachel Maddow show on Thursday. Now, a mere one hour before the show, I have discovered their as-of-yet unannounced decision (though it’s pretty clear by their actions). RandPaul2010.com is a website that has gone active within the last couple of hours and is obviously the official campaign website for Rand Paul’s run for US Senate in Kentucky.
Ron Paul, Rand Paul’s father, was a 2008 Presidential candidate, is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, and was their 1988 Presidential candidate. During that time, it is rumored that Rand changed his name from “Randy” in order to pay homage to Ayn Rand. He worked for both his father’s Libertarian and Republican presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2008. It is highly likely that he will be endorsed by both the Libertarian Party and Constitution Party of Kentucky. He has said that he will work to improve ballot-access laws at the Federal level, like his father.
Rand is an ophthalmologist based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he has lived for the past 18 years. He is also the founder of the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that performs eye exams and surgery for less fortunate patients.
Additionally, Dr. Rand Paul founded the Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU) in 1994. KTU rates the state legislature’s tax honesty and helps promote the Americans for Tax Reform taxpayer pledge, to oppose any and all marginal income tax increases and any reduction in tax deductions.
The entrance of Rand Paul into this US Senate race is the culmination of a draft effort by PEAC-PAC, the people who financed and built Rand2010.com, a draft website which is now re-directing to Schiff2010.com, an effort to draft Peter Schiff to run for US Senate in Connecticut.
Update: Here is the video.