New Paul Ad Paints Grayson as D.C. Insiders’ Pick

Posted April 3, 2010 at 4:50pm

Eye surgeon Rand Paul on Monday will launch his largest television ad buy yet in Kentucky’s hotly contested GOP Senate primary.

Paul’s new 30-second ad, which campaign manager David Adams said is at least a 1,000-point broadcast buy in every major media market in the state, seeks to paint his primary opponent Trey Grayson as the candidate of Washington, D.C., insiders.

“Grayson’s raising campaign money from the very people who supported the bailouts,” the new ad states. “His biggest event, hosted by lobbyists for bailed out AIG. … Rand Paul can’t be bought. He’ll take our government back by taking on the Washington machine.”

It’s no secret that Grayson is the preferred candidate of the national party establishment, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who has worked to raise money for the Kentucky secretary of state. But it’s the Grayson campaign that has long tried to claim that Paul is the candidate who is being controlled by forces outside of Kentucky.

Grayson’s camp has hit Paul for building his campaign on the back of the national network created by his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who ran for president in 2008 and has a large libertarian following. Grayson has claimed that it is that network that has helped Rand Paul raise over $2.4 million to date for his Senate bid.

With a month and a half to go before the primary, the GOP air war has gotten as heated as it has expensive. Earlier this week, Grayson and Paul both invoked the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in their ads to trade barbs over their positions on national security.

The eventual GOP nominee will face the winner of the Democratic primary that features Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Attorney General Jack Conway.