Skip to comments.Rand Paul-backed group attacks Republicans (Paul not cowering under pressure)
Posted on 04/03/2013 5:19:46 AM PDT by cotton1706
Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party favorite and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is raising money for a conservative gun rights group thats targeting fellow Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
And when one congressman complained, the message from Pauls camp was: too bad.
The Kentucky Republican has lent his name to fundraising pitches for the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that says the National Rifle Association is too willing to compromise on gun rights.
The group has blitzed the districts of Virginia Republicans Cantor and Rep. Scott Rigell with $50,000 worth of TV and radio ads accusing them of helping President Barack Obama pass gun control legislation.
Pauls email pitches for the group dont mention Cantor or Rigell by name, but his activity for an organization that attacks fellow Republicans shows the potential 2016 presidential contender isnt afraid to pick a fight inside the party.
Paul chief of staff Doug Stafford is unapologetic.
Rand signs normal, run-of-the-mill activist emails and letters for numerous groups and this is one of them, Stafford told POLITICO. Thats all hes ever done for them, hes not affiliated with the group in any way, he doesnt control how they decide their activism should take place in terms of who the people are that need to be shored up on an issue.
Paul poses a formidable challenge for fellow Republican lawmakers. He has a built-in base of libertarians, and his profile rose again last month after he filibustered against the Obama administrations drone policy and won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll.
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Cantor is the House Majority Leader. If he and Boehner agree to introduce a gun control bill on the floor, it will pass with democrat (and moderate republican) support. Cantor and the gang are not conservative and they don't like the people being reminded of it!
I stand with Rand.
We stand with Rand.