ByÂ Joshua MillerÂ , Roll Call
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today filmed a TV ad in support of Congressional candidate Thomas Massie and plans to endorse him soon.
â€œIâ€™ve made the decision today to go ahead and help him,â€ Paul said in an interview today in his Senate office. â€œI filmed an ad for him today.â€
Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, is locked in aÂ competitive raceÂ for Kentuckyâ€™s open 4th district seat, currently occupied by retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R). The other two top contenders in the race are state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore.
Paul said an official endorsement of Massie would come soon. â€œItâ€™s not that I dislike the the other candidates. And I probably wouldnâ€™t have gotten involved, but other people got involved endorsing one of the other candidates and so I felt, to level the playing field, Iâ€™m going to get involved,â€ he said.
Webb-Edgington, who has establishment GOP backing, got the endorsements of Davis and former Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) last month.
â€œThomas Massie is an extraordinary candidate. You donâ€™t get people like this,â€ Paul said, lauding the candidateâ€™s biography as the â€œAmerican dreamâ€ and praising his tenure as judge-executive.
â€œHe ran, and within three months, he found enough savings to pay for his salary,â€ Paul said. â€œI think heâ€™ll be one of the people up here who will be a believer in civil liberties and really will vote to cut the spending thatâ€™s necessary to balance the budget.â€
In Paulâ€™s contested 2010 primary against then-Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Massie supported Paul, while Webb-Edgington and Moore supported Grayson.
Republicans familiar with Kentucky politics think the Paul endorsement has the potential to push Massie to victory in the May 22 primary.
â€œGeoff Davisâ€™ engagement in the race galvanized this narrative of establishment vs. tea party. And if you look at how Rand Paul did in northern Kentucky, itâ€™s obvious that Paul can move people up there, and I think it will have an impact,â€ said one longtime GOP observer of Kentucky politics.
In other good news for Massie, a super PAC is spending more than a half-million dollars on TV advertising in favor of the tea-party-affiliated candidate. Liberty for All super PAC spent a whopping $543,000 Wednesday on advertising in support of Massie, according to Federal Election CommissionÂ filings.
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