Liberty for All Super PAC to get involved in some Ky. races but probably not Larry Clark's
06/25/2012 05:48 PM
The libertarian-leaning Super PAC that spent more than $560,000 in this spring’s GOP 4th Congressional District primary is gearing up to get involved in more Kentucky races this fall, the group’s executive director said.
But it’s looking unlikely that the Liberty for All Super PAC, founded by Texas college student John Ramsey, will get involved in the re-election campaign of Democratic House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark of Louisville.
The Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth first reported that the group could get involved — an interesting development considering Liberty for All’s executive director is Louisville native Preston Bates, who once interned for Clark in the legislature before Clark let him go.
Bates told Pure Politics that the storyline has been a bit overblown and that no decision will be made because of a “personal issue.”
“Our supporters asked us to consider races all over the state. We’re looking to support liberty candidates and oppose the political gridlock in Frankfort,” Bates said.
Bates wouldn’t say for sure whether or not Clark’s race against Republican Brian Simpson will be a target. But he said the group is aiming most of its focus on helping what he called liberty candidates — those who believe that “government should stay out of the bedroom and the bank accounts.”
Simpson, an air handler for UPS, has positioned himself as a pro-union Republican and doesn’t fit the mold of Ron Paul, whom the PAC has endorsed and has held up as an example of an ideal candidate.
In fact, Liberty for All announced Monday that it had hired four of Paul’s staffers from New Hampshire to help the group with its efforts in Kentucky and select races in other states. The super PAC currently has offices in Texas and Bellevue, Ky.
Bates said the group will decide by mid August which Kentucky races it will get involved in. The group already had publicly pledged to help 4th congressional district nominee Thomas Massie again in the fall. Massie, this spring, received the endorsement from Ron and Rand Paul while also getting the backing of Liberty for All.
Another candidate on the 2012 ballot with ties to Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is Chris Hightower, who worked for part of Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign. Hightower is running in the 16th state House District against Democratic Rep. Martha Jane King of Lewisburg.
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