- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015


A certain Kentucky Republican appears to be indefatigable, and eager for opportunity. Sen. Ran Paul journeys to New Hampshire on Wednesday where he will make a half a dozen stops - in a matter of eight hours. He’ll have breakfast with local legislators at a diner in Manchester, meet with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, then sit before a Second Amendment rights question-and-answer event at high noon, courtesy of the Londonderry Fish & Game Club a few miles south of town. Then it’s off to tour a public charter school followed by another forum, this on the Common Core curriculum. And the finale? Mr. Paul will have a meeting with local business leaders and activists at a sportsbar with a sizable list of lagers and ales, and much homemade barbecue.

Is Mr. Paul upping his ante in the White House derby? It would seem so. He now counts veteran GOP strategist Chris LaCivita as a senior adviser, who most recently assisted Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas in his defeat of high-profile independent Greg Orman. Mr. LaCivita was also as political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee - and is remembered for coordinating the “Swift Boat” challenge to John Kerry’s military record in the 2004 presidential campaign.

“I never lost a wink of sleep over it. I’d do it again tomorrow,” Mr. LaCivita recently told The Wall Street Journal.

“We have to nominate a conservative who can win. Rand is first and foremost a conservative, but he’s not afraid to expand the party’s tent by competing for nontraditional GOP voters like young people and minorities,” the strategist added.

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