Right-Hand Woman

<i>Vogue</i> profile includes info on Kelley Paul’s key role.

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Sept. 19, 2013, 7:41 a.m.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was pro­filed in Vogue. High­lights in­clude:

— Paul said his “gut feel­ing” is that Hil­lary Clin­ton (D) won’t run for pres­id­ent, prompt­ing his wife Kel­ley to say that Bill Clin­ton’s his­tory with wo­men would be a prob­lem for her can­did­acy: “I would say his be­ha­vi­or was pred­at­ory, of­fens­ive to wo­men.”

— “If Paul is an in­creas­ingly fa­mil­i­ar pres­ence in the news me­dia, Kel­ley re­mains his secret as­set. She col­lab­or­ates on his speeches … She is well aware that her ac­com­pa­ny­ing Paul on his re­cent trip to Iowa ad­ded ‘an­oth­er ele­ment’ to his woo­ing of the Chris­ti­an right. … And she re­cently left the polit­ic­al con­sult­ing firm the Strategy Group for Me­dia, where she worked on be­half of Ted Cruz, one of her hus­band’s chief rivals for the con­ser­vat­ive base.”

— A loc­al of­fi­cial in­tro­du­cing Paul in St. Cath­er­ine, Ky., as “our sen­at­or, con­sidered by many to be the next pres­id­ent of the United States.”

— “Paul, 50, keeps fit swim­ming in his End­less Pool.”

— Paul, on the gi­ant se­quoia he’s try­ing to grow in his back­yard: “The squir­rels are eat­ing the damn roots. We hate squir­rels. Don’t put that in the art­icle. But we hate ‘em. An­im­al lov­ers will get us on that.”
— Scott Bland