Rand Paul looms large in governor's race as Moffett, Williams spar over budget approach

02/28/2011 06:47 PM

While U.S. Sen. Rand Paul didn’t attend the Republican dinner in his hometown of Bowling Green Saturday, he was the subject of some back-and-forth between two GOP candidates for governor.

Phil Moffett, the Louisville businessman, and Senate President David Williams of Burkesville continued their debate over a federal balanced budget amendment — something Paul is backing.

Moffett described Paul’s visit to Frankfort last week in support of the concept as “a dog and pony show.”

Paul testified next to Senate President David Williams in support of a resolution calling on Congress to form a constitutional convention to take up an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

Williams used part of his remarks on Saturday to respond to Moffett saying he was “disappointed” that anyone would try to diminish Paul’s visit to Frankfort.

Both Williams and Moffett had tried to position themselves to get the endorsement of Paul. Williams campaigned for Paul down the stretch of the 2010 election, while Moffett received early support from some in the tea party who first helped propel Paul to the Senate.

The third Republican candidate in the primary, Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, described herself as a Ronald Reagan Republican. She said she would have been the candidate most likely to receive the backing of the late president.

- Video produced by Chris Bratton


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