Rand Paul, Trey Grayson and the never-ending fight for my services.
Ok, so maybe I over-stated the title a bit, but who’s counting? As I’m sure many of my rabid fan base (all two of you) know, I used to be a Trey Grayson supporter. Well, I wouldn’t say supporter. I’d call it more of a lack of really digging in on the issues and thinking hard about who I wanted to support. Nonetheless, Mr. Grayson did have my support. And though I’ve always liked Mr. Grayson (and still do) and believe he’s a good man that has done a lot for Kentucky, I realize that another establishment Republican who will be accountable to special interest and Mitch McConnell is not what Kentucky needs.
Yet, as the story goes, It was summer and I was looking for a way to get involved in some campaigns come the start of the school year. It was late one night, I had just gotten home from work and I decided to do a little campaign searching online. I was Trey’s friend on Facebook, so I sent him a message something to the effect of: “Hey, Mr. Grayson, just wanted to let you know that I’m a big fan and hope you make a run at Governor or Bunning’s Senate seat. I’d be interested in helping you out.” Don’t quote me verbatim there, but it was close.
Anyhow, I was just researching some campaign stuff and watching video’s of speeches and such and was blown away by this Rand Paul fellow. Although I had never been a fan of his fathers, he was making real sense and had the kind of big ideas this country needs. I immediately visited his website and was hooked. I saw that David Adams had been named Campaign manager. Like any college student, I used what tools I had available to me, which usually consists of Facebook. I sent David a facebook message at 11:28 PM on August 10th. He replied on August 10th at 11:31 PM with his phone number and asked me to call him. Just three minutes later.
After talking with David (who did an excellent job making me feel welcome and expressed interest in making me a valuable member of the team)and educating myself further about Rand, I knew this is where I wanted to be. By the next morning, I had talked to David and written an article to my local paper (The Messenger Inquirer out of Owensboro) about Rand. I expected a reply back from Mr. Grayson in about a week, when I would politely tell him that I’m no longer interested in working with him. In other words, “I still have a lot of respect for you, but I found my guy.”
Well I did get a response back from Mr. Grayson….tonight (that would be November 8th). That’s right, nearly four months later he sent me a message back inviting me to visit his website and his “Get Involved” section to join the campaign. In fairness, he did apologize for the delay in replying.
Now, I again stand by what I said earlier: I still respect Mr. Grayson and still like him, but don’t you think it’s kind of odd that within a week of some grim poll numbers for him, he’s scouring the Facebook inbox for old volunteer requests? Something that troubles me further: I’ve been “un-friended” by Mr. Grayson on Facebook. I know he’s hit the 5,000 limit or whatever and he also did this to David Adams. I don’t know if it’s because I’m an “officer” on the Rand Paul for Senate facebook group or what.
To make a long story short, I think it’s unlikely that I will be taking Mr. Grayson’s advice and filling out my information on his webpage. I appreciate the promptness and personal way he got back to me, but it’s safe to say that it’s just not enough this time.