Rand Paul Endorses Feinberg
Kentucky Senator and Tea Party icon Rand Paul has thrown his support behind congressional hopeful and former staffer Evan Feinberg. It’s the second Senate endorsement the conservative challenger has received this month.
“I am proud to endorse Evan Feinberg for Congress. He is a tireless advocate for limited government and individual liberty,” said Paul in a statement. “During his time in my office, I learned from personal experience that Evan has the skills, experience and philosophy necessary to help fix what’s wrong with our country.”
Feinberg worked in Paul’s Washington, DC office as a senior aide on health care, education and labor policy from May 2011 until he resigned to announce his candidacy in September. Prior to that, Feinberg, 27, worked in the office of Senator Tom Coburn as a Legislative Assistant on health care policy.
Coburn endorsed Feinberg last week. Both had indicated in December that they would support their former staffer. Both men are well known leaders in the conservative movement (Paul’s father is presidential hopeful Ron Paul). And the endorsement will likely further Feinberg’s efforts to get on the map of conservative donors nationally as a viable primary challenger.
Paul also took a jab at Rep. Tim Murphy, the five-term incumbent Feinberg hopes to unseat.
“The people of Pennsylvania still feel the sting of Arlen Specter’s politics, the type of Big-Government, Republican-In-Name-Only politicians that have led our country to the precipice of fiscal ruin,” he said.
His full statement is below.
Feinberg faces a steep uphill challenge in the southwestern Pa. district: as of the fourth quarter, he trailed Murphy in fundraising $1,040,000 to $40,000.
He might get a little boost; a spokesman for the super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability, which currently has a budget of $1.6 million, said the group had decided to get involved in the pa-18 primary.
“We will be doing independent expenditures in PA-18,” said spokesman Curtis Ellis. “Our survey research shows [Murphy] has very high unfavorable ratings and the voters are ready for someone else to represent them in Washington.”
“We generally don’t discuss budgets or campaign plans. We have over $1.6 million cash on hand,” he said. “We have the resources and are committed to spending what it takes to get our message out and make a difference.”
The Democratic candidate is Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi.
Here is Paul’s full statement:
“I am proud to endorse Evan Feinberg for Congress. He is a tireless advocate for limited government and individual liberty. During his time in my office, I learned from personal experience that Evan has the skills, experience and philosophy necessary to help fix what’s wrong with our country.
“I was born in Western Pennsylvania and still have family in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. I am convinced the people of Western Pennsylvania want a constitutional conservative and, when given the choice, will reject a career politician. Electing career politicians has been a primary reason for increased bureaucracy, entitlement expansions, bailouts of private industries and the promotion of job-killing power grabs like ‘card check.’
“The people of Pennsylvania still feel the sting of Arlen Specter’s politics, the type of Big-Government, Republican-In-Name-Only politicians that have led our country to the precipice of fiscal ruin. They ran up our debt. They grew an out-of-control federal government. They took more and more of our liberty.
“The only way to get our fiscal house in order and restore the American Dream is to replace self-interested politicians with candidates who will fight for principle and will put the next generation before the next election.”