It seems all the attention Texas Senator Ted Cruz received during the government shutdown has made Kentucky Senator Rand Paul a little jealous. After all, he got very little attention throughout the whole ordeal, so it seems Mr. Paul is determined to put his name back in the headlines.
Senator Paul apparently decided to take a jab at newly reelected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the use of funds for Hurricane Sandy to air television advertisements featuring politicians.
“Some of these ads, people running for office put their mug all over these ads while they’re in the middle of a political campaign. In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office. Do ya think there might be a conflict of interest there?”
Oh, the irony.
After all, wasn’t it Rand Paul who, just a few months ago, staged a 13 hour filibuster just before the conservative CPAC meeting that accomplished absolutely nothing? Well, besides giving him some momentum going into the conference where he ended up winning the straw poll as a potential 2016 GOP candidate.
How much taxpayer money was wasted during that ordeal?
Hell, how many millions have Republicans wasted in the House of Representatives on their futile attempts to repeal “Obamacare?” I think last I checked it was over $60 million. Or what about the filibuster abuse that’s taken place these last few years by Republicans like Rand Paul? They’ve set continual records for use of the filibuster which has cost taxpayers a substantial amount of money.
Or what about his good buddy Ted Cruz’s ridiculous 22 hour fake filibuster? A stunt that wasn’t even an actual filibuster. Just some political stunt to give him some free press in hopes of growing his “brand” politically.
But let’s not forget about the whole government shutdown to begin with. Talk about one massive political stunt. It ending up costing our economy around $24 billion and was nothing more than an act by a few Republicans to pander to the tea party in the hopes of not facing a primary challenger in 2014.
While the use of funds in New Jersey to create ads that encouraged people to return to the Jersey shore featuring politicians facing reelection might be an issue where good intentions got mixed in with political aspirations, Rand Paul is one of the last people who should be calling out anyone for that kind of behavior.
Because Mr. Paul, and some of his good friends like Ted Cruz, have continually used their positions as United States Senators to set up their eventual 2016 presidential campaigns. Essentially using taxpayers to fund a four year build up to their eventual candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.
But stay tuned. I can’t imagine Chris Christie will let these comments go unanswered.