Last night Sean Hannity interviewed Rand Paul and Ted Cruz together on his 10pm Fox show. The discussion included points of contrast between conservative principles and establishment Republican positions.
However, the very last question put to both of them was whether or not they will help up and coming conservatives with endorsements or support in the GOP primary races?
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 30, 2014
Rand Paul said: “I will stay out of any race that involves an incumbent“. Looking toward Paul, Ted Cruz responded: “I’ll likely do the same“.
Sorry folks, but that makes them both self-serving fraidy cats.
When Rand Paul was running for Senator in Kentucky 2010 the GOP machine and Mitch McConnell supported the other guy in the primary, Trey Grayson.
What Mitch McConnell does not want people to know: Trey Grayson is now the head of Democrat Gabby Giffords SuperPac – He works with Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary:
Trey Grayson, the former Kentucky secretary of state and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, is running a political action committee formed by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that will try to elect Democrats who want to work with Republicans. (link)
When Ted Cruz was running for Senate in Texas 2012, Mitch McConnell supported the other guy in the primary, David Dewhurst.
Cruz’s resurgence was surprising for many reasons. Dewhurst, the current lieutenant governor, has the support of the state’s powerful Republican establishment, including Gov. Rick Perry — himself a Tea Party figurehead. Dewhurst has outspent Cruz nearly 3-to-1, even though major outside groups like FreedomWorks have backed Cruz. Dewhurst also had the benefit of a large personal fortune to aid him. (link)
Both Ted Cruz and Rand Paul were strongly supported and would not have won without the support from the grass roots Tea Party.
However, now, now when they are needed most, especially in Kentucky - they choose to stand on the sidelines.