The Herald-Leader editorial board got it wrong by endorsing Rand Paul in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
The given justification is that Paul would alter the course of the Republican Party and that he is candid.
Candor should mean telling the truth and telling voters what they may not want to hear but what they need to know. Voters get neither from Rand Paul.
Rather than campaigning on real solutions to the very real problems our nation and the Commonwealth is experiencing, Paul cynically says things like he would never vote for a budget that is not balanced — as if we can undo generations of irresponsible spending by both parties in one year.
A candid statement would be that we need a multi-year plan to balance the budget, bring down excessive borrowing and spending, along with a promise to fight for the most frugal and effective plan we can get passed.
Instead, Paul says he would vote "no." His father has voted "no" on almost everything for 22 years. That has not cut spending or balanced the budget.
Voters can elect another cynical politician like Rand Paul who's willing to say anything to get elected and who will vote "no" not on principle, but for politics — conveniently avoiding taking responsibility for achieving real change.
Or Kentucky Republicans can cast a vote for me and elect someone willing to get the hard work done to truly change our country and control spending.
I ask for your vote on May 18.