Tea Party Shifts Focus to Kentucky

Palin backs Rand Paul over Trey Grayson
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2010 4:16 AM CDT
Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson talks with reporters during a news conference in Frankfort, Ky., in 2008.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, FILE)
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(Newser) – After taking down Bob Bennett in Utah, the Tea Party has a new target: Kentucky. Tea Party activists and other conservative critics yesterday shifted their sights to the state's mid-May primary for their next big challenge to a political establishment they have vowed to upend. The Kentucky race pits Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who's backed by the GOP establishment, against Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, son of Ron, who has won endorsements from Sarah Palin and evangelist James Dobson, AP reports.

"Rand is exactly the kind of leader Americans are looking for right now," said backer South Carolina Gov. Jim DeMint. "He's not a career politician and he's got the guts to stand up to the massive spending, bailouts and debt that are being forced on us in Washington."

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