Carly Fiorina headlining fundraiser for Sen. Rand Paul in June

05/23/2016 01:02 PM

UPDATED: Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will be in Kentucky weeks ahead of the Republican National Convention helping the campaign of her one-time presidential rival Sen. Rand Paul, who is competing in his first re-election bid for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Fiorina will be the guest of Cathy Bailey, former Ambassador to Latvia under President George W. Bush, who says that the former candidate and Hewlett Packard executive is committed to helping Paul in the U.S. Senate race and ensuring the Republican Party maintains control of the upper legislative chamber.

Bailey said the fundraiser with Fiorina will show the unity in the Republican Party, as well as Paul’s focus on the race for the U.S. Senate.

“Knowing Sen. Paul they way I do, he takes everything he does very seriously,” Bailey said in a phone interview. “There’s no question he’s going to win in November, but I think that he wants to also send a message that he’s going to run a very serious campaign.

“He’s going to run a very focused campaign, and I think with Carly Fiorina coming in here it sends that message.”

In a statement, Fiorina promoted Paul and couched his election as one against President Obama and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I am excited to be coming to Kentucky to help Sen. Paul, who has a strong and proven record of working tirelessly for Kentucky’s best interests and fighting back against the destructive Clinton-Obama policies that threaten to take away their jobs and their liberties,” Fiorina said.

Paul faces Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in the Nov. 8 Election. Gray has wasted little time in his attacks against Paul, casting the Bowling Green Republican as someone who has only focused on running for the presidency.

The fundraiser benefiting Paul will be held at Bailey’s home in Louisville on June 24, just weeks before the Republican Nation Convention in Cleveland in mid-July. Bailey is excited about the list of supporters she has put together for the fundraiser.

“You’re going to see Sen. Paul and Carly Fiorina together for probably the first time since they were both in his race to vie for the Republican nomination and I think we’re going to see tremendous interest,” Bailey said of the event.

“Just because there has been so much interest in her, and seeing them both together we’re going to do our fundraiser … and then we’re just going to open it up to a meet-and-greet, we’re going to invite whoever wants to come and see her right after we do our major donor fundraiser at the beginning of the evening.”

Bailey said she’s preparing for there to be 200 to 300 people at her home that evening.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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