Rand Paul’s Wife: My Husband Isn’t Sexist — He Works With Female Surgeons

Sen. Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley Paul, defended her husband against accusations of sexism during a Tuesday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends” by pointing out that he worked with “very accomplished, high-achieving female” surgeons.

Kelley Paul said it was “one of the hard things about politics” to hear the accusations about her husband, who launched his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination last week.

“That is not who Rand is — at all,” Kelley Paul said. “Rand’s entire professional career is working with female surgeons. His longtime partner in his ophthalmology practice was a very accomplished, high-achieving female surgeon. They worked together for over ten years and now she’s a huge political supporter. He goes back to Kentucky and does all his pro bono work with another very prominent female surgeon.”

She continued by reiterating that being sexist is “just not who Rand is.”

“Professionally, personally he is the kind of person who wants to work with someone and value their talents and their abilities for who they are,” Kelley Paul said. “So to have that label put on him, that really upset me I will say.”

Questions about her husband’s attitude toward women resurfaced last week after he got into a testy exchange with NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie, telling her to “let me explain instead of talking over me.” Earlier this year, the senator shushed CNBC journalist Kelly Evans during a televised interview.

Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox News:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: