One law school acquaintance said he remembered Conway not as the centrist he is portrayed as now, but as much more liberal.
But Paul’s campaign doesn’t quite see it that way. Gary Howard, a spokesman for Paul, said by email of Conway: “He is still very liberal. As of this year he’s flip-flopped his positions on cap and trade, tax cuts, and a range of things. He still supports Obamacare and says he would have voted for it. He is not pro-life, etc the list goes on.”
Conway’s spokeswoman said the “biggest division in the race” is how Conway has a record of holding people accountable, in contrast to Paul, who “wants to deregulate everything.”
When Conway released his first television ad of the general election Monday, news reports made a point to say that in an election that has been all about Paul, the ad did not mention the Republican by name.
Voss, the political science professor, suggested that he wouldn’t be surprised if more opposition research on Conway made its way into the news. “I’m sure Rand Paul has people who are digging, you know, all campaigns have opposition research. If the election numbers really started to move in a bad way against Paul, you might start to see some stories emerge.”
Voss also recalled one instance in history where all the attention on one novelty candidate led the media to neglect doing the necessary scrutiny of the person who went on to win the election.
“For example, I was a reporter in the early 90s when David Duke was running in Louisiana, and the guy who was elected to lead the state was a corrupt guy who eventually went to prison, named Edwin Edwards,” he said.
“Well, nobody was pressing deeply into his background because all the coverage was on David Duke.”