Tales of the strange: Rand Paul staffer licks political tracker's camera in New Hampshire

05/11/2015 04:37 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul seems to attract the bizarre on the campaign trail.

In 2010, it was “Aqua Buddah” — an attack ad leveled by Jack Conway — but now it’s his own campaign offering a profusely strange encounter between a staffer and a tracker in New Hampshire, which ended with the staffer licking a camera.

National outlets began reporting Monday that David Chesley, Paul’s political director in New Hampshire, licked the camera of a tracker belonging to American Bridge at an event Paul was speaking at Monday.

American Bridge is a Democratic opposition research group that follows candidates waiting for them to slip up or say something that can be used against them.

In a video posted online by American Bridge, Paul’s staffer blocks the camera shot and then strangely grins and licks the camera. Someone can be heard on the video saying the event is closed.

“Just when you thought Rand Paul’s campaign couldn’t get any stranger, his senior staffer in New Hampshire decided to taste our tracker’s camera lens today. It was truly bizarre, creepy and unprofessional,” Preston Maddock, press secretary for American Bridge 21st Century, told Pure Politics in a statement.

Paul’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the lick, but did offer a comment on the visit to New Hampshire.

“Senator Rand Paul visited New Hampshire today to accept the endorsement of twenty New Hampshire State Representatives who support his run for the White House, and to visit with and take questions from the voters of NH. It was a great day of events,” Sergio Gor, Paul’s communications director said in a statement.

Here’s the video:

Paul’s campaign has been hyping a poll dropped over the weekend showing Paul “leading” in New Hampshire. In the poll Paul is tied for first with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 12 percent. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both have 11 percent in the poll, and Donald Trump has 8 percent. The poll has a 4.4 percent margin of error.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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