Libertarian Leader: We Do Not Support Rand Paul


Libertarian leader: We do not support Rand PaulThe vice chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kentucky said last week that he strongly condemns the views of GOP candidate Rand Paul and suggested that the conservative group may run a competing candidate in the state’s upcoming Senatorial election.

Joshua Koch said that Paul—son of former Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul— boasts views that drastically differ from the fiscal conservative party’s ideology, including his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Koch also took issue with Paul’s criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"The reason why we would even consider running somebody in this race is because we’re not going to let Rand determine what a Libertarian stands for," he said. "I’m here to say Rand does not have the Libertarian ideology."

Meanwhile, Ken Moellman, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kentucky, disavowed on Thursday the statements made by Koch, stating that they were "not an official communication or an official stance," according to

David Adams, Paul’s campaign spokesman, said that he is not concerned with the possibility of the GOP nominee having to face a second challenger.

"If someone wants to split up Kentucky’s non-conservative vote more than it already is, that’s okay with me," he told the AP.

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