4th District candidates lash out at Texas-based libertarian-leaning Super PAC

05/10/2012 06:14 PM

Two 4th Congressional District candidates are publicly criticizing the Liberty for All Super PAC that has carpet bombed the airwaves with ads for their rival, Thomas Massie.

Alecia Webb-Edgington and Gary Moore both raised the issue during their speeches at the Kenton County Republican Spring Fling on Wednesday — the same night the Liberty for All Super PAC began airing its first ad on Massie’s behalf as part of a $541,000 ad blitz in Louisville and Northern Kentucky.

The group was founded in Texas by John Ramsey, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Ramsey, who is listed as a “student” on Federal Election Commission campaign reports, started the organization with donations of six figures of his own money. And the group has described itself as being libertarian-leaning and interested in backing candidates with similar philosophies regardless of parties.

Webb-Edgington, a state representative from Fort Wright, said 4th District Republican voters shouldn’t be told what to do by a Texas-based group that wants to “score a win for the Ron Paul movement”

“It’s a shame this young man is going to waste so much of his family’s hard earned money,” she said, adding that voters will send Ramsey “back to Texas empty handed.”

Like Webb-Edgington, Moore said the Liberty for All Super PAC was “trying to buy this election.”

He referred to Preston Bates, the executive director of the Super PAC, as a “Democrat from Louisville.” Bates co-founded the University of Louisville Students for Liberty group but initially began his political work as a Democrat.

By Thursday evening, 4th Congressional District Republican Chairman Kevin Sell issued a statement to raise his concerns that the group has a more libertarian philosophy. Sell highlighted the Libertarian Party’s principles, such as: “We favor the repeal of all laws creating crimes without victims, such as the use of drugs for medical or recreational purposes” and “Government does not have the authority to define, license, or restrict personal relationships”.

“This seat has been recently held by two great Americans: Jim Bunning and Geoff Davis. Neither of these fine men were libertarians. If the libertarians want this seat, they should have someone run as a libertarian,” Sell said. “We are the Republican Party and we have our primary election on May 22. We are for lower taxes, less government, free enterprise, and the protection of our second amendment rights.”

Ramsey talked about what the group looks for in a candidate during an interview this week with Pure Politics.

- With reporting and video from Covington by Don Weber

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Comments

  • Marc Wilson wrote on May 10, 2012 11:10 PM :

    Massie is a LIbertarian and I believe Kentucky Republicans have had enough of people of his leanings. It is a situation where he’s so far right, he’s circled around and met up with the Left.

  • Johnny wrote on May 11, 2012 08:07 AM :

    I might be wrong but wasn’t it Mcconnell (a republican) and the Republican leaning Supreme court that has made all this super pac garbage possible? Politics has been contolled by $$$ for a long time, the rules have been changed.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on May 11, 2012 10:43 AM :

    John Ramsey, the very wealthy student, makes the super PAC possible. He inherited his vast wealth from his family. That sounds like he’s very dependent, not Libertarian. Ramsey goes to a state supported university! So he is relying on taxpayers to help him get his education! That sounds dependent, not Libertarian. Libertarians say they want less money spent on education and we should abolish the U.S. Dept of Education. How do people like this get away with the hyprocrisy? Is the news media getting lazy? Massie got government loans/grants to attend MIT. He used the federal government (U.S. Patent Office) to protect his ideas! Come on people, point out the hyprocrisy and inconsistency!

  • Bruce Layne wrote on May 11, 2012 10:53 AM :

    As usual, the establishment creates rules that benefit the establishment, and they scream bloody murder if anyone else uses the same tactics.

    So, it’s OK for defense contractors, or drug companies, or insurance companies, or Wall Street banksters, or any other corporation that profits at taxpayer expense from their close ties to big government to form their corporate funded PACs to elect the establishment big government RINOs, but if individuals form a PAC to support candidates who favor small government, fiscal conservatism, and individual liberty… that’s somehow wrong?

    The differences between the candidates and who they represent could not be any clearer in this race.

  • Bruce Layne wrote on May 11, 2012 11:01 AM :

    As usual, the establishment creates rules that benefit the establishment, and they scream bloody murder if anyone else uses the same tactics.

    So, it’s OK for defense contractors, or drug companies, or insurance companies, or Wall Street banksters, or any other corporation that profits at taxpayer expense from their close ties to big government to form their corporate funded PACs to elect the establishment big government bought-and-paid-for RINOs, but if individuals form a PAC to support candidates who favor small government, fiscal conservatism, and individual liberty… that’s somehow wrong?

    The differences between the candidates and who they represent could not be any clearer in this race.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on May 11, 2012 01:30 PM :

    Yes, it’s very wrong and deceitful to run for office claiming you want small government and less spending but then be personally benefiting from that same government size and spending like Massie and his Texas sugar daddy benefits. Real tea party supporters should see through this charade. Since when did words trump action?
    Let’s find out how much Massie got in government benefits (loans and grants) to attend that Massachusetts technical college with its exorbitant tuition. Dishonesty should not be worshipped!

  • Lil Ricky wrote on May 11, 2012 02:53 PM :

    What is the allure of Massie among the tea party crowd unless they are not really conservatives like they say but rather are a front group for Ron Paul and his revolting revolution that like Jeremiah Wright blames America for 9-11?

    I guess Ron Paul’s wacky ideas are being advanced by this new front group (aka super pac) with money from who knows where.

    If I told you that America got the shaft when an unknown, unvetted, inexperienced, smooth talking guy with a life story nobody bothered to check out but who had a big smile and big money groups behind him won office to advance a personal agenda you might at first think of Barack Obama.

    But if Massie gets elected then next year if I asked the same question on a multiple choice test listing Massie and Obama, you’d have to choose “both of the above”

    Are Kentucky republicans really that gullible?

  • FreeManNKy wrote on May 11, 2012 03:12 PM :

    Wait, Cumberland Gap says Massie received government loans and grants in one post and then wants to know if he got them in another.

    As someone who is from the area, I know Thomas was a high ranking student of high standing. He earned his scholarship. He’s so smart that they wanted him. Use google and you will see that this man came from a poor region of Kentucky and earned his place:

    http://web.mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-95SP.html

  • Ian wrote on May 15, 2012 01:05 PM :

    Thomas Massie is a Republican running as a Republican in the Republican primary. I do not agree with the attacks on this Liberty minded Super PAC contributing to the Thomas Massie campaign. Chairman Sell stated that the ideals of the Republican Party are: “lower taxes, less government, free enterprise, and the protection of our second amendment rights.” Those ideals do not seem much different from those of the Tea Party and “liberty minded individuals” alike which are: “Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets.”

    It seems petty to be attacking a college student who is simply trying to become active in the political scene, and as a college student myself I find it admirable that a fellow student is willing to give his time and money to a cause he believes in. A cause I believe is one that our founding fathers also believed in which is liberty.

  • Concerned 4th District voter wrote on May 16, 2012 12:17 AM :

    Ron Paul’s Clan is alive and well in Kentucky, it’s obvious from the support little Tommy Massie is getting. They are blinded by the facts as usual. They are void of understanding. Facts are not important. As long as it’s them using the deceitful tactics everything is peachy. You can spot one of them a mile away , they are all programed to quote things like our founding fathers , Constitution, freedom , liberty .. yadayada blah blah ! Come on guys get real ya’ll are NOT Republicans, You’re Libertarians that can’t get elected so you joined the Republican and in essence are nothing but liars.

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