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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Rand Paul Documentary to Be Released Before GOP Convention, Says Independent Filmmaker in Promotional YouTube Video

By: Wes Messamore
NASHVILLE, Tennessee

(The Humble Libertarian) - As Super Tuesday primary and caucus results came streaming in from all over the country, a seemingly young filmmaker from Kentucky announced late Tuesday night that he would be releasing a low-budget documentary about Sen. Rand Paul's successful 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate. The filmmaker, who announced the upcoming release in a video on YouTube using the handle jgmdavi, said that he plans to debut the political documentary by the Republican National Convention in August. (Watch the full video announcement below.)

The video announcement, which is clearly addressed to fans and supporters of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and his father, U.S. Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX), opens with the words:

"Many of you were there in November of 2010 when Rand Paul was elected to the U.S. Senate. Shortly thereafter he was sworn into office. Since then, in just over a year in Washington, he's become one of the most recognizable names in American politics, and arguably the Senate's greatest champion of the Constitution.

But how did he get there? Not everyone knows the story, the tale of an anti-establishment candidate who took on the establishment and won-- twice. I followed Rand for about a year and a half in my home state of Kentucky, attending over one hundred events, recording hundreds of hours of video, and interviewing dozens of supporters."

A perusal of jgmdavi's YouTube uploads confirms that he certainly was following Rand on the campaign trail in Kentucky, and likely has the volume of video footage that he claims to have in the promotional announcement.

The Kentucky filmmaker warns listeners that the film is a low budget project, "not a masterpiece," and "meant to be enjoyed by a rather limited audience," but that " it does tell a story that has not been told in full, not in quite this way at least," and that "for those of you who kept up with [Rand Paul's 2012] Senate race or experienced it first hand... the Rand Paul documentary will be a way for some of you to relive the experience."

He also mentions "unexpected legal hurdles" that have delayed the documentary's release before announcing that his main goal is to release the film before the end of the Republican presidential primary, deliberately timing its debut for maximum impact and publicity for the presidential candidacy of the elder Paul-- who the documentary maker says will be in the film.

Rand Paul Documentary to Be Released

More about Rand Paul's 2010 Senate bid:

A life-long political outsider, Rand Paul was a Bowling Green ophthalmologist with a wife and three kids when he chose to run for the U.S. Senate during the explosive 2010 midterm election with the Tea Party in full swing.

As the favorite pick of the Tea Party in Kentucky, Paul's dark horse candidacy would frustrate and defeat the primary campaign of the establishment's anointed pick, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Paul defeated him in a record-setting "Randslide" across the Bluegrass State and went on to win the general election against Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Rand Paul's very first "money bomb" or online fundraiser was conceived, launched, and orchestrated at The Humble Libertarian, raising $25,000 for Rand Paul just two weeks after he had announced his exploratory committee with no help or collaboration with his organization, only one week of preparation, and a still-tenuous commitment from Paul at the time, who was still just testing the waters for a Senate bid.

The money bomb would demonstrate to Rand Paul and his then-fledgling group of supporters that even starting with virtually no name recognition in the state of Kentucky, he could run a viable Senate campaign with online fundraising from his father's supporters and a focused message of liberty and fiscal responsibility.

Rand Paul's own account of this journey can be read in his 2011 book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, co-written with the help of conservative pundit Jack Hunter.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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