The Chatter: Fallout from Paul downplaying Eastern Ky's drug problem

08/13/2010 12:18 PM

Kentucky newspapers reported Friday morning that Republican U.S. Senate candiate Rand Paul told the Associated Press last month that the issue of illegal drugs Eastern Kentucky wasn’t “a real pressing issue.”

The Associated Press’s Roger Alford wrote the story and the Herald-Leader also wrote a staff-wire report on the issue of whether Paul’s stance regarding the drug problem could cost Paul votes in Eastern Kentucky.

Paul has consistently said that he isn’t a big fan of seeing federal funds used to attack illegal drug use. He said during the GOP primary and again at last month’s forum at a conference of local officials that enforcement should be handled exclusively on the local level. Here’s what Paul and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway had to say about Operation UNITE, which uses federal funds for law enforcement and drug treatment programs:

Also in the news:

  • Time Magazine’s Joe Klein dispatches a report on Paul and Conway after covering the Fancy Farm political speaking event over the weekend in far western Kentucky.
  • Paul has hired a new spokesman who has ties to his father, U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, the former GOP presidential candidate, WHAS-11 reports.
  • Conway is trying to tap into voters’ angst over the economy by touting his platform for job creation during a trip to Hazard, WKYT reports.

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