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Ky. Senate campaign: Paul says Grayson is 'ignorant' or 'lying' about vote fraud

Chris Cillizza has the latest on the eleventh-hour claims from Trey Grayson's U.S. Senate campaign accusing Rand Paul backers of voting shenanigans. Here's the Paul's campaign response, which mocks "Charles Merwin Grayson III" and accuses him of "lies and distortions," including willful misreading of election law. One Paul source tells me that the sense in their camp is that Grayson has "lost it."

Read the statement after the jump:

Charles Merwin Grayson III, in this, his Last Stand, has escalated his campaign of lies and distortions about the Paul campaign. Grayson, who is the Secretary of State and Chair of the Kentucky Board of Elections, and therefore charged with the monitoring of the election laws, has obviously attempted to signal poll workers who work under his authority to prevent the Paul campaign from engaging in legal and constitutionally protected activities to assure a fair and free election. – a task Grayson should applaud.

However Grayson either does not know the law he is charged with administering or he is deliberately continuing his litany of lies which have permeated his campaign.

When Paul volunteers were denied the right to exit polling, the Kentucky Board of Elections, (of which Grayson is the Chair) informed the Paul campaign and the and the affected county election officials that exit polling was allowed. The Board set forth guidelines which have been followed by the Paul campaign.

Grayson’s position is most disingenuous since he himself has distributed the Kentucky Election Law which contains the following provision: K.R.S. 117.235 expressly and in bold print states in the title ... Exit polls permitted ... K.R.S. 117.235(3) which sets forth prohibited activities expressly states that prohibited “Electioneering ... shall not include exit polling...”

Either Grayson is ignorant of the law he is charged with upholding or he is willfully and intentionally lying and distorting the facts.

The Paul campaign had expressed concern over Grayson’s conflict of interest in failing to recuse himself from the election process. Grayson’s latest assault justifies that concern as it appears he has used his position to influence the poll workers under his jurisdiction to deprive the Paul volunteers of their constitutional and legal rights and obligation to assure a free and fair election.

By David Weigel  |  May 18, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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