The wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday penned an open letter directed at Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), appearing to blame the Democrat for the threats and protests her husband has faced this week.
Kelley Paul wrote in an op-ed published on CNN that her husband was "besieged at the airport by activists." She indicated that they shouted at the senator, stuck their middle fingers in his face and prevented him from moving to his destination.
She wrote that the protesters had heeded Booker's advice from July in which he urged a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., to "get up in the face of some congresspeople" rather than being passive about issues they care about.
"I would call on you to retract your statement," Kelley Paul wrote Wednesday. "I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials' personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families."
Kelley Paul appealed to Booker's sense of bipartisanship, noting that the Democrat worked with her husband on criminal justice reform bills.
Booker's office suggested Wednesday night that "right-wing" outlets had taken his remarks out of context.
"If you listen to more than a deceptively-edited 18-second clip of the speech Ms. Paul references, Senator Booker's enduring commitment to decency is clear," spokesperson Jeff Giertz said.
"Senator Booker actually says - to a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness - to 'get up in the face of some congresspeople and tell them about common sense solutions' that address this problem and 'I don't want to hate anybody, because I know the truth,'" Giertz continued. "To think Senator Booker is somehow urging violent confrontation with these words requires you to ignore all context."
Booker's comments from July drew intense attention among conservatives, as they came a short time after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) stirred controversy for urging her supporters to confront Trump administration officials in public spaces.
Amid backlash against Waters's comments, Booker called for protesters to "lead with love" when confronting officials.
Rand Paul has endured violence and threats over the course of the last 18 months, his wife noted. The Kentucky senator was present at a congressional baseball practice last year when a gunman opened fire, seriously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
The Pauls' neighbor was sentenced to 30 days in prison earlier this year after he assaulted Rand Paul in their yard. The senator suffered six broken ribs in the attack, and an x-ray found fluid buildup around his lungs.
Kelley Paul has been critical of media coverage of the incident, noting that some mocked her husband.
Kelley Paul wrote Wednesday that law enforcement conducts additional patrols around her house, and she keeps a loaded gun near her bed as a result of the threats against her husband.
Protesters and progressive activists have confronted several Republican senators in recent days as they travel through airports and other public spaces in an effort to plead with them to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) earlier Wednesday slammed the protests as "intimidation tactics" that he vowed would not prevent a vote on Kavanaugh.
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On the Fourth of July, Michael Avenatti suited up for a CNN interview and floated his name as a contender against President Trump in 2020.
Asked why he’d be qualified, Avenatti told anchor Jim Sciutto, “Because I have three things that this president lacks, Jim—brains, heart and courage. And I think I have those in spades compared to this president.”
Scuitto then told Avenatti he’d face scrutiny over his finances, including his former law firm’s then-unpaid $2.4-million bill to the IRS. “You know, look, I’ll be happy to put my tax records and background up against the president’s background and his tax records. Of course, he won’t release any of that information,” Avenatti replied, before changing the subject to his political platform.
Now Avenatti, the tenacious California litigator made famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her legal tangles with President Trump, is gearing up for a 2020 presidential run, stumping across the country and raising cash with his new political action committee, Fight PAC.
But the questions over his finances remain—and could become a sore spot on the campaign trail, as creditors pursue him and his former companies. Both the Eagan Avenatti law firm and a shuttered Seattle coffee chain, which Avenatti says he no longer owns, owe millions in unpaid taxes and judgments, according to court documents and filings with local recorder’s offices.
Tax liens filed in Orange County also show that Avenatti has personally owed at least $1.2 million in federal taxes on top of the corporate debts. One lien, filed in February 2018, was for $308,396, while another filed in August 2015 showed a balance of $903,987. The Daily Beast did not find records showing the liens were released, but Avenatti claims both debts were “fully paid.”
A String of Big Debts
Civil court filings paint a picture of Avenatti as a hard-charging attorney who enjoyed the luxe life—jetting around the world to race cars with a Saudi prince and treating his wife and their friends to luxury villas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Yet he and his companies owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid taxes and in compensation to one former colleague, who claims Avenatti stiffed him out of millions in law-firm profits.
A review of court documents reveals that Avenatti, his former law firm Eagan Avenatti, and his former company Global Baristas, the majority owner of the Seattle-based Tully’s coffee chain, have owed millions in unpaid federal and state taxes in Washington and California, as well as hundreds of thousands in past-due rent to landlords.
A Newport Beach landlord began eviction proceedings last month against Eagan Avenatti in Orange County Superior Court. The real-estate entity claims Eagan Avenatti failed to make rent for three storage spaces and a 8,371-square-foot suite, totaling more than $107,415 for the months of July and August. (A lawyer representing the Irvine Company, which manages the rentals, declined to comment.)
On Oct. 18, the landlord filed court papers indicating Eagan Avenatti owes $213,253 in rent as of this month.
Avenatti told The Daily Beast he divested his interest in Eagan Avenatti within the last 12 months and that he now operates under Avenatti & Associates. “None of those obligations are my responsibility,” he said, when asked about the eviction case. Avenatti said he would forward this publication’s queries to the firm’s new owner, but declined to name them.
Democrats just got a massive opening in Oklahoma while no one was watching
they have such an opportunity to evolve ..