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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Paul Family Dynasty? Rob Paul for Senate 2012

The Politico asks:

'Could there soon be a third member of the libertarian Paul family in Congress?

Robert Paul, a doctor who lives in Fort Worth, is saying maybe, telling a newspaper that he has “thought about running” for the seat representing Texas in the Senate that is being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is not running for reelection.

One of Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) five children, Robert would become the second Paul offspring to run for Congress, joining brother Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was elected last year.

In an interview with the Star-Telegram published Thursday, Robert Paul acknowledged that he is considering a bid but hasn’t decided whether to run.'

I say Run, Rob! Run! If you're half as good as your daddy and bubby, you'll be orders of magnitude better than Kay "Bailout" Hutchison.


EDIT: My friend, Eric Bell writes the following in a recent Facebook note about Robert Paul, making some very important points and urging caution and reason from libertarians supporters of the Doctors Paul:

'This weekend I read an article about Ron Paul's son, Robert Paul considering a run next year for the open Senate seat in Texas. I saw a similar Facebook group that was trying to draft him. In both instances I saw more about being excited about the potential of another Paul in Washington rather than actual knowledge of his personal political beliefs. And I couldn't really find a speech of him sharing his views. Attempting to build a political dynasty is about the creepiest and unlibertarian thing I can think of. Unless of course all the offspring of Ron Paul that are elected have similar views. Otherwise, it would be very hard to defend us from being labeled a cult if we treat the Paul family as a holy bloodline. When Rand Paul announced he was considering running I was excited not because of his last name, but because I heard of him back in 2007-2008 and knew then that he should run for office. I don't think the Pauls would approve of that mentality. Just something we should keep as a rule in case more of Ron Paul's children or grandchildren run.

With that said, I realized the other day I have Robert Paul on my friends list. So, I looked through his page and found some of his posts on a few friends' pages. He really hates the Federal Reserve and the wars. That's a good start. Enough for me to get excited and wanting to hear more. So, for those that have met him personally or from Ron Paul or Rand Paul's campaign. What is he like? Is there any fundamental difference in his ideology from his dad or brother? And I am not just thinking negatively, he might be better than both of them in some areas. What would make me and my other libertarian friends excited about him?

As I said earlier I have Robert Paul on my friends list. So, it would be appropriate that I tag him in this note. He's not very active on his page, so one can assume that he is a very busy guy. But Robert if you do have the time; I have four simple questions:

1. Senator Jim DeMint made the statement: "You cannot be a conservative while just being a fiscal conservative and not a social conservative." Do you agree or disagree?

2. In an interview you had said the thing that has made you consider a run for the Senate is your concern for the debt. If you were to run and get elected, how would a Senator Robert Paul take on lowering the debt?

3. What political thinkers besides your dad helped shape your political ideology?

4. Is there anything you fundamentally disagree with your dad or brother Rand on? And if so, what?'


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