We may see a third member of Ron Paul's family in Congress by 2013. Dr. Robert Paul, a doctor who runs a family medical practice in Benbrook and lives in Fort Worth, is mulling a Congressional bid of his own. He's considering whether or not to jump into the race to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison when her term expires in January 2013. He would join Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) if he succeeds.
"I have thought about running," Dr. Paul, one of five children, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I am very happy as a physician, but (I) have a lot of concern about the debt." Some experts think the price will be high; Larry Sabato estimates a campaign could cost upwards of $10 million. This does not appear to be a passing fancy, either; Robert Paul already has a Facebook site:
Robert Paul campaigned for his father during the 2008 Presidential race. Here's a video of a speech he made in Oklahoma City drumming up support for his father. It should be no surprise that he embraces the same political values as the other two. He opposes the growth of government, and its overreaching into the lives of everyday citizens. He also opposes raising taxes, and endless spending by the federal government, and strongly supports the values found within the confines of the Constitution:
The grass roots interest is already there. The Daily Paul has been talking this up since February 20th, 2011. Politico has also weighed in, and notes that Rep. Ron Paul’s communications director, Rachel Mills, told them that the elder Paul is unaware of a possible run by his son. Reaction on Politico is less favorable than on The Daily Paul.
As for Ron Paul, he's expected to make a decision on a Presidential campaign sometime in May. Rand Paul thinks the old man will go for it. If he does run, I hope he's prepared to go the distance this time; his 2008 campaign sort of fizzled out after the MLK Day Money Bomb, disappointing many people. Either he should go in all the way, or else keep the safe House seat.