Rand Paul Gambles on Romney. Has a Deal Been Made?On June 7, Senator Rand Paul, son of still presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul, endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee and said he would actively campaign for him. The Ron Paul community isn't happy - shortly after hitting the front page of the popular DailyPaul.com website, the story has accumulated about minus 350 votes (and you can be sure that number has nowhere to go but down) and many are accusing Rand Paul of being a sellout.
The endorsement came in an appearance on "Hannity," a little less than 24 hours after the elder Paul acknowledged in an email that his delegate total is "not enough to win the nomination."
Romney embraced the endorsement in a press release, calling Rand Paul a "leading voice in the effort to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty."
Hannity / Politico: Rand Paul Endorses Mitt Romney | Peace . Gold . Liberty | Ron Paul 2012Official Press Release on Mitt Romney.com
Mitt Romney today made the following statement on receiving the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul:
ďI am honored to have earned the endorsement of Rand Paul. Senator Paul has been a leading voice in the effort to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty. Over the past three and half years, President Obama has made government more and more of a presence in our lives, and Americans canít afford four more years of the same failed policies. As President, I will reform the federal government and make it smaller, simpler, and smarter. I am grateful for Senator Paulís support and look forward to working with him to get America back on the right track.Ē
And to top it off, there has been charges that Ron Paul's GrandSon-in-law is greedy and mishandled Paul's campaign badly.
EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Jesse Benton's $586,616 Take as a Result of the Ron Paul CampaignJesse Benton's $586,616 Take as a Result of the Ron Paul Campaign
We may not get liberty because of the Ron Paul campaign run, but it sure looks like Ron Paul campaign manager, Jesse Benton, got the big bucks.
Benton's total income from the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign and PACs, in the 2012 election cycle, is at least $586,616, EPJ has learned.
According to Open Secrets, he has been paid $322, 577 in the 2012 election cycle, by Liberty PAC. His total income directly from the Ron Paul presidential campaign 2012 is, to date, $264,039.
Benton is married to Ron Paul's granddaughter Valerie Pyeatt.