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Pundits Say Paul Deserves Some Credit for Massie’s Victory

Many political pundits are ready to crown U.S. Senator Rand Paul as another Kentucky kingmaker following the Congressional primary victory of Thomas Massie.

Paul endorsed tea party candidate Massie, who won the Fourth Congressional GOP primary yesterday. The endorsement was Paul’s first in his home state since becoming Kentucky’s junior senator in 2010.

And while Massie’s campaign benefited from a Super PAC that spent more than a half million dollars in the primary race, former GOP consultant Les Fugate says Paul deserves some credit too.

“To be able to help someone navigate through a seven person primary and win, when frankly across the state tea party candidates didn’t win, to be able to do that says a lot about the senator and his engagement in the race,” he says.

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Massie Decisively Wins Fourth Congressional District Primary

Tea party candidate Thomas Massie has won the GOP nomination in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

Massie has the backing of many national tea party groups and of U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The Lewis County Judge-Executive gathered just under half of the vote in a seven person primary, greatly out-distancing his two closest contenders.

Massie campaign manager Ryan Hogan says the victory is shows the tea party is still alive in Kentucky.

“I think it was a very good win for not only the tea party but for small government, fiscally conservative Republicans here in the Fourth District,” Hogan says.

Hogan says Massie campaigned on issues similar to those of Paul, and once again they proved to be winning messages.

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Super PACs May Give Massie Edge in Fourth District Primary

The most competitive primary in Kentucky will come to an end Tuesday.

Seven Republicans are vying to replace retiring incumbent Geoff Davis in the Fourth Congressional District. County judge-executives Gary Moore and Thomas Massie and state representative Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners. Those three have raised the most money and former GOP operative Les Fugate says they have the best organizations. But he says outside help from two Super PACs has tilted the odds in Massie’s favor.

“At this point my guess would be that Thomas Massie would be the winner, just from the sheer volume of ads that have gone up,” he says. “But the question is which messages are resonating with voters and the three candidates sound a lot alike,” he says. “I would just say it wouldn’t surprise me to see any of those three candidates win. But what’s really important here is that whoever wins that race is most likely going to be the congressperson. It’s really difficult for a Democrat to win in the Fourth Congressional District and now with redistricting it’s even more Republican than it was before.”

Two Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination in the district.


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In Kentucky’s Fourth District, Candidates Make Final Push for Votes

With one week to go before Kentucky’s primary, the seven GOP candidates vying to replace Congressman Geoff Davis are making their final pitch for votes.

Gary Moore, Thomas Massie and Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners, based on endorsements and financial reports.

Massie has earned Senator Rand Paul’s endorsement, while Webb-Edgington’s supporters include Davis and former Senator Jim Bunning. Moore, however, leads in fundraising.

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Paul: Massie Will “Make A Difference” in Congress

Calling for reinforcements to reduce the debt in Washington, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has cut an ad for Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie in the crowded Republican primary for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat.

The decision comes weeks after former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and Congressman Geoff Davis, who holds the seat but is retiring, backed state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington over Massie. Initially, Paul fell short of an endorsement and said he only supported Massie’s candidacy, but this commercial makes it clear.

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The ad echoes comments by Massie to WFPL, saying he will back up Paul’s agenda if elected.

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Moore Launches First Attack Ad Against Massie In Fourth District Primary

The first ad attack in the Fourth Congressional District GOP primary has hit the airwaves.

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore released the ad district-wide Tuesday. It attacks fellow candidate and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie for increasing spending in his county budget. The ad goes on to say Moore has helped his county, by lowering unemployment and giving it one of the best credit ratings in the state.

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Gun Rights Groups Make Conflicting Endorsements In Fourth District Primary

Two competing gun rights organizations have made conflicting endorsements in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District Republican primary.

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Alecia Webb-Edgington, while the less well-known National Association for Gun Rights is backing Thomas Massie.

The NRA, in a statement, praised Webb-Edgington’s support of the Second Amendment as a state lawmaker.

Webb-Edgington and Massie are considered two of the three frontrunners in the contest to replace retiring Congressman Geoff Davis. Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore is the third.

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Northern Kentucky Super PAC’s First Campaign Piece Draws Criticism

A campaign mailer from Northern Kentucky Super PAC AmeriGOP is raising the ire of one candidate in the Fourth Congressional District Republican primary.

AmeriGOP openly supports Tea Party candidate Thomas Massie. The super PAC‘s first campaign piece is a flyer that attacks the other two frontrunners in the race, Gary Moore and Alecia Webb-Edgington.

The flyer calls Moore a tax-and-spend Republican because of a parks initiative he championed in his role as Boone County Judge-Executive. The super PAC calls out Webb-Edgington for missing votes as a state representative.

“I’ll say this all this news about Massie’s relationship with a Super PAC not only violates his own promise to avoid politics as usual but it’s not even really a Super PAC,” says Moore’s campaign manager Jonathan Duke. “It’s just two guys that want to literally give Thomas Massie more money than the law allows. And with Massie’s full knowledge and encouragement, they found a loophole to do just that.”

Duke says Moore’s parks initiative was cleared by Americans for Tax Reform and was revenue-neutral, and he says Massie is violating the intent of federal campaign finance laws, which prohibit candidates from coordinating with super PACs.

“Massie should not be excused from his complicity in this scheme by reading a disclaimer written by an attorney, who by the way was accused of coordination less than a year ago. The voters should see right through this charade and we certainly don’t need Congressmen who come with disclaimers,” he says.

Massie says he hasn’t seen the flyer, but he agrees with both characterizations of his opponents. Both Massie and those involved in the Super PAC have denied claims of  illegal coordination.


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Massie: Rand Paul Needs Backup in Washington

Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie is not disappointed that he didn’t receive Sen. Rand Paul’s official endorsement in the crowded Republic primary for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District race. But the small business owner is making his connection to the Senator well known.

The two attended a meeting of the League of Kentucky Property Owners on Monday, where Paul talked about property rights. It was expected Paul would give Massie the nod in order to blunt a pair of key endorsements state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington received last month.

Massie says the Senator has been very supportive of his bid thus far and voters know they share a Tea Party philosophy.

“Senator Paul’s transmitted his support for my campaign early on when he allowed me to hire one of his staff to run my campaign. That was Ryan Hogan, his Bowling Green field director,” he told WFPL in a telephone interview, adding Paul needs back up in Washington.

“And I very much look forward to working with Rand Paul. He said send reinforcements when he was asked what can Kentucky do for him. So I hope to be one of those reinforcements to support his principles,” he says.

Massie is one of seven candidates vying to succeed incumbent Congressman Geoff Davis, who is retiring.

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National Club For Growth Endorses Massie in Fourth Congressional District Primary

A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary.

The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the organization’s most-loved lawmakers.

The club has not announced any plans for further involvement in the primary, but officials say they could send money to Massie if the race looks close, and the club may run TV ads if necessary. 

“In every race we always bundle contributions from our members to candidates as the situation warrants,” says Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller. “If we feel like Tom Massie will win by 20 points, and we hope he does obviously, we won’t need to support him as much with the individual contributions, if we think its close we’ll certainly look at doing television advertisements.”

The national Club for Growth is known for its Tea Party roots and for making scorecards that measure how conservative lawmakers are. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Gary Moore are the other frontrunners in the primary. Keller says the group didn’t interview them because their political records don’t line up with his organization’s beliefs.

“We interviewed Tom Massie and we were very impressed by his commitment to economic freedom. You know we don’t need to interview Mrs. Webb-Edgington or Gary Moore,” he says.

The group often endorses Tea Party-leaning candidates in Republican primaries. When reached for comment, Massie was unaware of the endorsement.

Jonathan Duke, the campaign manager for Moore, says the endorsement is “not the proudest moment” for the Club for Growth. He says the group was swayed by misinformation about Moore, who Duke says will be a big advocate for the same things the Club for Growth supports.