James Dobson, the founder and former head of Focus on the Family, has endorsed Trey Grayson in the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky, involving himself in a key primary that is pittingÂ the GOP establishment against Grayson’s Tea Party-courting opponent, Rand Paul.
“Trey Grayson is the only candidate with the conviction to lead on the issues that matter to Kentucky families,” Dobson said in a statement. “His unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life and the family resonates with me. I know that he will be a leader on these issues, not just another Senator who checks the box.”The TPM Poll Average gives Rand paul a lead of 42.3%-25.3% in this primary, which will be held on May 18.
Prominent Republicans who have endorsed Grayson include former Vice President Dick Cheney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and now Dobson. In some cases, there have been attacks against Paul related to the anti-war foreign policy views of his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
Meanwhile Paul’s endorsements have included Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim Bunning — who is retiring from this Senate seat — and businessman and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes.