Rand Paul: Private Golf Clubs not Exclusive, Because of ‘Tiger Woods’
May 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, ophthalmologist Rand Paul, is not quite sure how to be a true populist, man of the people politician. In a comical misstep, for a “We the people” teapartier looking to take the country back from the establishment, Paul held his victory celebration in a ritzy private golf course and country club, instead of the local VFW hall. And when asked to square the image of an exclusive country club with his populist message, he responded that Tiger Woods — you know that black fellow champion golfer— brought golf to the “cities,” so it’s no longer viewed as exclusive.
Paul, a fringe teapartier with a libertarian bent, similar to his father Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), made his “Tiger Woods” remarks during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. Robin Roberts asked Paul to explain the disconnect between his fiscal conservatism, tea party beliefs and holding a victory celebration at the swanky and expensive Bowling Green Country Club:
ROBIN: “Some people find it a bit ironic that your victory party last night was at a private country club in Kentucky. Doesn’t that kind of send a mixed message there?”
PAUL: “I think at one time people used to think of golf and golf courses and golf clubs as being exclusive. But I think in recent years now you see a lot of people playing golf. I think Tiger Woods has helped to broaden that in the sense that he’s brought golf to a lot of the cities and to city youth, and so no, I don’t think it’s nearly as exclusive as people once considered it to be.”
The Bowling Green Country Club is described on its website, as “one of Kentucky’s oldest and most respected private clubs.” The Tiger Woods urban golf ghetto, charges a $2,500 Initiation fee, along with a $270 monthly fee and a $50 food and beverage requirement.
Paul, a political outsider, is sure to make more missteps, as he gears up for the general election battle with Democratic candidate Jack Conway. And Paul’s extreme right of mainstream views, such as abolishing the Department of Education and doing away with the federal disabilities act, are sure to become a major line of attack by Democrats.