Friday, November 14, 2014

BREAKING Rand Paul May Drop His Seanate Reelection Bid If He Gains the Republican Presidential Nomination

The Liaison Hotel in Washington DC, where MLK is featured at the lobby level...

and where the girls play on the roof top level...

was the scene Wednesday of a Rand Paul advisors summit. The summit attendee count is now up to aprox. 50, from an original count of around a "couple of dozen."

Politico's Paul Allen has the latest details:
Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we're told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he'll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states.

Doug Stafford, RAND PAC executive director and architect of the national campaign, was emcee. Stafford sketched a mix of new ideas, blended with best practices from past successful campaigns. Planning is so far advanced that top aides are discussing a counterpart to George W. Bush's Mavericks/Pioneers/Rangers program for bundlers and fundraisers. Paul gave optimistic remarks that left little doubt about his intentions. Expect a spurt of hiring after the first of the year.

The campaign-to-be combines family loyalists who served Rand's father, former Rep. Ron Paul, plus new talent, including tech wizards and social-media Svengalis. Look for a Senate-reelection announcement by Paul as soon as next week, after he returns to Kentucky from the Hill. He has lined up endorsements from state Republican leaders, and now will circle back to them. The campaigns will run in tandem. If Paul wins the GOP nomination, he might drop the Senate race.

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