Rand Paul has a long history of voting against disaster relief when other states experience a natural disaster. But last week, his state of Kentucky was the one struck by a disaster. Paul wasted no time in requesting federal funds. CNN’s John Avlon was quick to call the senator out for his hypocrisy.
The Kentucky Republican tweeted this weekend, “This morning I sent a letter to the President asking for expeditious approval of any request for federal assistance by our Governor. If you are a Kentuckian & need assistance with federal agencies following the devastating & deadly storms.”
Avlon began, “[Paul] has a long record of posing federal aid for disaster victims, except, apparently, for when it impacts his constituents,” Avlon observed. “Suddenly, all of those reflexive attacks on ‘socialist big-government spending’ don’t seem to apply. Gone are the demands for delay and request for find the funds elsewhere,” he said. “Now, he wants the fed’s filthy lucre as fast as possible.”
This morning I sent a letter to @POTUS asking for expeditious approval of any request for federal assistance by our Governor. If you are a Kentuckian & need assistance with federal agencies following the devastating & deadly storms, please contact my KY office at 270-782-8303. pic.twitter.com/7t01njodwY
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 11, 2021
The CNN anchor continued, “If he was really trying to be a fiscal-conservative profile in courage, now would be the time for Rand Paul to insist that Kentuckians rely solely on local charities or reallocation of funds, rather than immediately asking President Biden for help. But of course, that would be an insult to his suffering constituents right now.”
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