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Kentucky’s GOP Bromance Deepens, Even Without True Love

MAYFIELD, Ky. — Sen. Rand Paul arrived at the Graves County GOP breakfast here Saturday all but incognito, without an entourage, wearing jeans, cowboy boots and his usual bemused look.

He came to praise Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, not to bury him, as he had once tried to do. But Paul wasn’t going to make a big deal of it.

McConnell’s challenger in this year’s election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, was utterly unacceptable, Paul told the overflow crowd in a high school cafeteria. The reason was simplicity itself: She’s a Democrat and would vote to keep Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has said coal makes people sick, as the Senate majority leader.

“I don’t know how any Kentuckian could consider voting for Ms. Grimes,” the Republican senator said.

The rest of the sales job was functional.

McConnell, Paul said, was a Senate GOP leader who kept his caucus unified against Obamacare and forced a vote on a constitutional amendment calling for a balanced budget. McConnell, Paul said, would be an even better leader if, as is possible, Republicans win a net of six Senate seats in November.

“I’m a really loud voice, my critics would say a loudmouth,” he said. “I try to bring attention to things.” McConnell was the perfect ally, he said, “because he knows how to get things done.”

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