FRANKFORT — Republican Trey Grayson's campaign for U.S. Senate has picked up the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said Grayson will keep America safe.
Giuliani was mayor of New York when terrorists struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Grayson has tried to make 9/11 an issue in the campaign by highlighting statements made by his chief rival, Bowling Green eye surgeon Rand Paul, that suggest U.S. foreign policy might have needlessly motivated the attackers.
"Trey Grayson is the candidate in this race who will make the right decisions necessary to keep America safe and prevent more attacks on our homeland," Giuliani said in a statement. "He is not part of the 'blame America first' crowd that wants to bestow the rights of U.S. citizens on terrorists and point fingers at America for somehow causing 9/11."
David Adams, campaign manager for Paul, who is the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, dismissed the Giuliani endorsement.
"Another pro-abortion, liberal, northeastern Republican endorsing Trey Grayson is just more bad news for him," Adams said in an e-mail.
Grayson is trailing Paul by double digits in public opinion polls.
University of Kentucky political scientist Donald Gross said the Grayson campaign badly needed a big-name endorsement.
"The way Trey Grayson's campaign has been running, it's a very good thing," Gross said. "He needed an endorsement from someone who is well-liked by most of the conservative community. Although Giuliani doesn't fit that on some social issues, he's well respected and liked in the wake of 9/11."