Daily Paul site posts bogus item about Grayson; site later removes it

05/15/2010 10:42 PM

Republican signs at the Scott County Lincoln Day dinner

UPDATED SUNDAY 10 a.m.: The Daily Paul Web site has removed a bugus post on its forum section that erroneously claimed Rand Paul’s chief rival in the Republican primary was booed off the stage at an event in Somerset Saturday. The post was removed sometime in the wee hours of Sunday after cn|2 Politics reported about it.

Here’s the original cn|2 Politics report from Saturday night:

A Web site supportive of Rand Paul, the Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate candidate, posted an item Saturday claiming that Paul’s rival, Trey Grayson, was “booed off the stage by Vietnam vets” at an event in Somerset earlier in the day.

But, it turns out, Grayson didn’t make a speech at that stop — in fact, no candidate did, said Chris Girdler, former field representative to Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset, who was at the Faye Taylor Motorcycle Rally where the incident allegedly occured.

The accusation came in the forum section of the Daily Paul, a Web site set up by followers of Ron Paul — the Texas congressman, former GOP presidential candidate and Rand Paul’s father. The post, which was submitted by “Invalid10,” was written in the form of a news story.

It claimed Grayson “took the stage” and began talking about attacking Iran before being drowned out by boos and chants of “leave.”

None of those things happened, said Girdler, whose former boss, Rogers, had endorsed Grayson.

“I’m kind of blown away by such fabrications that would be made to insinuate something like that,” Girdler said. “That’s so far from the truth.”

Candidates for office who attended the rally were allowed to talk to people in crowd, but there was no speaking program, he said.

Grayson said he was at the event for a half-hour and shook hands with participants and potential voters but didn’t give a speech.

“That’s crazy,” he said, when told of the Daily Paul post.

The Daily Paul post quoted a David Mastroanni, but no such person showed up in a Kentucky public records search.

- Ryan Alessi

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