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February 12, 2016

Rand Paul Endorses in Race to Replace Trey Radel

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has endorsed in another GOP primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed Republican businessman Curt Clawson in the upcoming special election for a House seat in Florida.

Clawson, who has loaned his campaign more than $2.6 million and released a TV ad Monday, is running in the highly competitive April 22 primary to succeed former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. His chief rivals are state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel.

“Washington is desperate for outside leadership, Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress,” Paul said in a statement. “I urge the voters of Florida’s 19th Congressional District to send Curt to Washington.”

Paul is the latest national Republican figure to back a candidate in the race. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and two members of Congress recently endorsed Benacquisto.

The winner of the primary is a safe bet to win the June 24 special election. The race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • iizthatiiz

    Rand Paul is continuously destroying whatever conservative cred he had. First he cozies up to the establishment king McConnell .. now this.

    Another bonhead move. Keep it up Rand .. your gonna find yourself with no love at all from the conservative wing of the party.

  • JoeBethersonton

    Rand Paul endorses man with suspicious ties to child molester.

    The headlines write themselves.

  • Malik Ahsan
  • informed

    I would check at least twice before backing Rand Paul’s candidate!

  • Jerald Hall

    You should take notice at the huge Kick in the polls Clawson has apparently gotten at least in part from Rand’s endorsement. In any case, why in the world would it be offensive to “Conservative” republicans for Rand, by all accounts a libertarian leaning outsider to back the candidate who is clearly the biggest outsider? I don’t understand who that offends.

  • Jerald Hall

    That is just hatespeak. You either have something or you don’t. You don’t. Saying what you’re saying just proves you are a hateful person digging for trash.

  • Nick10

    Yes but does Sen. Rand Paul bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress? Not the brightest penny in the jar.

  • Nick10


  • Nick10

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s endorses Lizbeth Benacquisto. That’s the last thing that sorry Sarah should endorse anyone. Bad luck for anyone who receives her endorsement.

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