There was a time, not long ago, when Trey Grayson seemed to relish the idea of being the presumptive party's choice to replace retiring U.S. Senator Jim Bunning. He openly embraced his relationship with Mitch McConnell and the NRSC. Those behind the scenes often advanced these relationships as formidable arguments in favor of Grayson's nomination by the RPK in May. But things have changed.
Apparently sensing a growing surge of energy building across the nation, Grayson is now denying that he is the "establishment" candidate.
In an article at Politico, the Rand Paul/Trey Grayson matchup was included in a discussion about the increasing influence of "The Club For Growth". Rand Paul was quoted as saying
“We hope we hit a chord” with Club for Growth officials. “I feel we represent the conservative alternative in our primary,” he said, adding that his chief opponent, Trey Grayson, was feted at an NRSC fundraiser in September."
That quote was followed by a "hotly disputed" comment by Nate Hodson, Grayson's campaign manager who is now seemingly willing to have his candidate start running away from the very image he cultivated for himself from the beginning of the campaign:
“There is no establishment candidate in this race. There is no incumbent. We reject the label. We reject it completely. We are not the establishment candidate,” said Hodson.
Apparently Grayson is now not only running for the Senate, running against Rand Paul and others, but now also running AWAY FROM his own image. My how things can change in politics virtually overnight.