Trey Grayson embraces the establishment
In an election where candidates are running away from the "politician" label as fast as they can, Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) is going against the grain -- touting his support from the Kentucky political establishment in hopes of overcoming the outsider challenge from ophthalmologist Rand Paul in tomorrow's Kentucky GOP Senate primary.
"I'm proud that my conservative record has won the support of Mitch McConnell and so many others," says Grayson in the commercial as images of McConnell, Rep. Hal Rogers, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are shown on screen.
(In Grayson's closing ad, he touts his work as Secretary of State -- another potential no-no in an environment where service in elected office is seen by many voters as a strike against you rather than an argument in your favor.)
According to a source familiar with the Grayson camp, the endorsements -- particularly of McConnell and Hal Rogers -- tested extremely well with voters as independent validators of the Secretary of State's track record of conservative accomplishments.
But, in an environment where voters have adopted a throw the bums out mentality -- those willing to say they will cast a ballot to re-elect their own member of Congress are at historically low levels in Washington Post/ABC News polling -- it's hard to see how the backing of a cavalcade of elected officials (particularly people like Santorum who most Kentucky voters almost assuredly have not heard of) helps Grayson's cause.
We'll know tomorrow night whether the strategy paid off. What's clear: this is the purest example in the cycle so far of a clash between the party establishment and the tea party movement. Both Grayson, on the establishment side, and Paul, on the tea party side, have embraced their respective wings of the party and, in so doing, have turned the Kentucky race national.
May 17, 2010; 1:39 PM ET
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