Kentucky Right to Life and Rand Paul Feud Over Pro-Life Candidate Survey
by Steven Ertelt
April 22, 2010
Frankfort, KY (LifeNews.com) — Kentucky Right to Life and Senate candidate Rand Paul are clashing over a candidate questionnaire Paul completed for the group. While Paul is pushing fundraising letters saying he had a 100% pro-life response to the survey, Kentucky Right to Life says that’s not the case.
The pro-life organization sent a statement Wednesday saying Paul didn’t complete every question on the survey even though he says he "scored 100 percent" on it.
"Rand Paul filled out, signed and faxed the KRLA PAC survey to the KRLA PAC office on February 11th at 10:29 am. Rand Paul did not score 100% on the questionnaire," the group says. "This is one reason why Rand Paul was not eligible for the Kentucky Right to Life PAC Endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat."
According to the group, Paul omitted a response to one of the questions on the survey
Kentucky Right to Life also says Paul provided an erroneous copy of his survey response to the Kentucky Enquirer in an attempt to cover his tracks.
The group posted online the original copy of the faxed survey response. The omitted answer regarded a question concerning human cloning and whether the candidate would oppose legislation permitting it.
"Note date stamp , name, and campaign fax number that our fax machine encoded onto the questionnaire as it was received," it said. "Compare fax number at top of page with fax number provided by Paul campaign on page 3 of questionnaire."
"Note that each page is date stamped, including page 3 of the questionnaire on which question number 9 was left blank," Right to Life said.
Paul’s campaign manager David Adams told The Kentucky Enquirer that the dustup is an unnecessary he-said, she-said and that Paul is "100% pro-life."
Paul answered with a pro-life response to each of the other questions on the survey.
KRLA Assistant Director Mike Janocik told the newspaper Right to Life has a sterling reputation that is being damaged by this dustup with Paul.
"I think we have a reputation with being extremely honest and having integrity, and this upsets us," he said.
In February, the Kentucky Right to Life PAC endorsed Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Both candidates are seeking the seat of retiring pro-life Senator Jim Bunning.
PAC Treasurer Susan Kenney talked up Grayson, saying, Trey Grayson has always been 100 percent pro-life. He’s demonstrated it by being chairman of the board of the pro-life New Hope Center" in Crestview Hills.
She said the group had problems with Paul saying he supports the morning after pill and "probably would" support a partial-birth abortion ban.
Related web sites:
Kentucky Right to Life – http://krla.org
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