While Rand Paul joins Donald Trump’s rigged election talk, a consultant to his Super PAC highlights in a video released by the Telegraph [10/25/16] that “We have a voter suppression campaign, quite frankly.”
Highlighted again today by Salon "Suddenly, Rand Paul appears concerned about voter suppression" [Salon, 10/27/2016]
“As Rand Paul gets closer to election day, he suddenly seems concerned about voter suppression, all the while his Super PAC team is bragging about suppressing the vote,” said Cathy Lindsey, spokesperson for Gray. "These tactics boasted by Jesse Benton on the Telegraph video represent a threat to our democracy, and they could be at work in the Kentucky Senate Race."
Benton: “We Have A Voter Suppression Campaign Quite Frankly, Targeting African Americans, And Uh, And Sort Of, Suburban Mums.” According to The Telegraph, Jesse Benton stated: “So we have a voter suppression campaign quite frankly, targeting African Americans, and uh, and sort of, suburban mums, just bad stuff about Hillary, just trying to take their taste for her away. […] Just keep them - just try to drop her turnout two or three points. And then in south eastern Ohio, there are about 19 counties where it’s just, you know counties, you guys have counties in England - it’s just run up the score, run up the score, run up the score.” [The Telegraph, 10/25/16]
- October 2016: Benton Told The Lexington Herald-Leader That He Was Working For America’s Liberty PAC. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, “In early October, Benton told the Herald-Leader he was now working for America’s Liberty PAC, which is supporting Rand Paul’s Senate re-election campaign. He has no role in Paul’s official campaign.” [Lexington Herald-Leader,10/24/16]
Salon: “Suddenly, Rand Paul Appears Concerned About Voter Suppression.” [Salon, 10/27/
- Paul: “When We Say Over And Over Someone Can’t Win That Is A Form Of Rigging In The Sense That It Is Designed To Suppress Turnout.” According to CNN, Paul stated: “You know, I think sometimes polling is done to dampen election turnout so when Trump says the thing’s rigged, I’m not sure exactly what he means and I’m not sure I always agree with him. […] But I do think that when we say over and over someone can’t win that is a form of rigging in the sense that it is designed to suppress turnout.” [CNN, 10/26/16]