Rumors emerged Wednesday of an establishment Republican effort to mount a primary challenge against Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie.
Massie’s a populist libertarian known for holding down the conservative and nationalist element of the liberty movement. He’s a fierce Trump supporter known for his opposition to disastrous neoconservative foreign policy, having gone so far as to call for the firing of arch-warmonger John Bolton from Trump’s National Security Council.
Massie is also staunchly pro-life and is favorably reviewed by immigration patriot organizations.
Reporting from Kentucky’s Courier Journal indicated that state representative Kim Moser was being groomed for the task. New York’s Elise Stefanik, a liberal Republican congresswoman closely affiliated with establishment old boys such as Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, is said to be a key figure in the backroom campaign. However, Stefanik characteristically denies interfering in a Kentucky election.
When asked about a tenative primary campaign, Moser was coy, acknowledging that Massie was popular in his suburban district but claiming that area residents desired a “less ideological” figure to represent them in Congress.
Senator Rand Paul swatted back against D.C attempts to organize a primary against his fellow freedom fighter, making it clear that Massie would have his full support in the event of a challenge.
My friend @repthomasmassie stands up for KY and is one of the few people who can be counted on to defend your Liberty. He does what he said he would do – every day. He has my full support. https://t.co/UeI9cqxqM0
— Rand Paul (@DrRandPaul) July 3, 2019
It’s unlikely that a cabal of swamp establishment behemoths in a smoke-filled backroom will get anywhere in a primary intervention against Massie, but if they do succeed, Kentuckians could very plausibly see their firebrand Congressman replaced with a milquetoast ‘go-with-the-flow’ generic Republican.
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