Rand Paul, Hardline Gun Group in Dogfight With GOP
Supports group attacking GOP's Eric Cantor, Scott Rigell
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 12:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It's a showdown at the GOP corral: CPAC prom king Rand Paul is in a shootout with fellow Republicans Eric Cantor and Scott Rigell after a gun group backed by the Kentucky senator launched about $50,000 worth of attack ads accusing the Virginia reps of "wanting to pass Obama's gun control schemes," reports Politico. Rigell says the National Association for Gun Rights—an organization that considers the NRA too soft—is spreading lies about his position on gun control and has called on Paul to publicly withdraw his support for the group, which uses his name on fundraising material. Cantor and Rigell have A and A- ratings by the NRA, respectively.

Paul is a noted hardliner on gun control, but his office denies he is actually "affiliated" with the group. "Rand signs normal, run-of-the-mill activist emails and letters for numerous groups and this is one of them,” says a spokesman. But Rigell says lending his name is tantamount to an endorsement. “They are lying about who I am," he said, "and so for a senior Republican to saddle up with a group like that and with the money Rand Paul raises, he is providing the mechanism by which these ads are launched. So he is as responsible as they are for these false attacks.”

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midget_farmers
Apr 4, 2013 6:56 AM CDT
no doubt in my mind Rand Paul has sold out to the ruling elite... His dad got no media attention except to dog him and now they are bestowing Rand with all sorts of coverage... something is not right
Fondue
Apr 3, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Guns will solve all our problems. They should just shoot it out.
BCS
Apr 3, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
What an amusing thread. Mostly a bunch of narcissists stroking each others egos.