Rand Paul to endorse Thomas Massie in 4th District race, campaign chairman confirms

05/10/2012 04:22 PM

After initially staying out of the 4th Congressional District race, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has decided to endorse Thomas Massie in the seven-candidate GOP primary, Massie’s campaign chairman confirmed.

The campaign is working on the details on when Paul will make the formal announcement, said Phil Moffett, the former Republican gubernatorial candidate who is serving as Massie’s campaign chairman.

The official announcement will likely happen Friday, he said.

Since February, Paul said he didn’t plan to get involved in the 4th District race. But since then, a lot of others have picked sides.

Paul’s father, Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, already endorsed Massie. And many key members of Rand Paul’s network have been involved in Massie’s campaign. In fact, Paul’s former Bowling Green district director, Ryan Hogan, is serving as Massie’s campaign manager.

With Paul coming out for Massie, many of Kentucky’s biggest Republican names — with the glaring exception of senior U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell — have picked sides in the primary.

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and Congressman Geoff Davis, who opened up the 4th District seat when he decided not to seek a fifth term, have backed Alecia Webb-Edgington, the state representative from Fort Wright.

And former 2nd District Congressman Ron Lewis has joined a host of county judge-executives in the 4th District to back Gary Moore, the Boone County judge-executive.


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