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Rand Paul's Gubernatorial Sidekick

Businessman Phil Moffett, a tea party-backed candidate in the Kentucky gubernatorial race, introduced Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Thursday afternoon at CPAC. Moffett drew a parallel between his candidacy and Paul's unexpected 2010 Senate primary victory.

"I'm the conservative Republican candidate for governor in Kentucky," Moffett said, "and I have the tea party backing just as Dr. Paul had."

Moffett briefly outlined his platform, highlighting typical tea party talking points: repealing Obama's health care law, limiting federal government overreach and reducing the debt. Moffett also took a not so thinly-veiled shot at the frontrunner in the GOP primary field, Kentucky Senate President David Williams (R).

"I invite you to join us to fight and kill off another RINO and put another tea party Republican in office so we can move this country forward," Moffett said.

Moffett's campaign manager is David Adams, who previously ran Paul's successful Senate bid in his battle for the Republican nomination.

UPDATE: It's worth noting that Paul has remained neutral in the Kentucky gubernatorial primary, and is working with Williams to pass a balanced budget amendment in the Kentucky state House.

Updated at 4:53 p.m.

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