You may not know this, but Rep. Ron Paul's son, Rand, is running for Senate in Kentucky, having formed an exploratory committee in May with the goal of taking over embattled Sen. Jim Bunning's (R) seat, as top GOP figures have privately urged Bunning not to seek reelection amid concerns that he can't win.

Rand, like his father, is a doctor and a graduate of Duke medical school. He has practiced eye surgery in Kentucky for 18 years. Aside from helping his father campaign, his most notable political act has been founding the Kentucky Taxpayers Union, which rates the state's legislature and promotes the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against tax hikes.

Today, Ron Paul sent an e-mail to supporters asking them to back his son's foray into electoral politics:

Dear Friend,

My son, Rand, has helped me campaign since he was 11. He and his brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews have literally knocked on thousands of doors for me.

At the age of 21, Rand debated Phil Gramm in my US Senate race in my stead. During the Presidential election he traveled to ten states giving speeches for me. He appeared on hundreds of radio programs for me. I am grateful for his contribution and very proud of the thoughtful, principled man Rand has become.

So, it is with great enthusiasm that I endorse my son Rand's venture into electoral politics. Rand has formed an exploratory committee to run for Senate in Kentucky. Sending Rand to Washington would be a tremendous victory for the Freedom Movement.

I hope you will join me in supporting Rand in any way you feel comfortable. You can get more information or make a contribution at www.randpaul2010.com

Rand has also established himself as a significant force in Kentucky politics. For fifteen years he has run Kentucky Taxpayers United, a group that rates the state legislature and promotes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge whereby candidates and office holders take a pledge not to raise taxes.

Like me, Rand is a graduate of Duke Medical School. Rand is an eye surgeon, married for eighteen years, and has three children. In addition to politics, he is the founder of the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic that provides free care for those in need.

I hope you will visit Rand's website, www.randpaul2010.com, and consider supporting him in any way you can.

In Liberty,

Ron Paul

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