Republican with tea party ties to run for Ky. gov.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville businessman with tea party
ties has announced he will run for governor in Kentucky.

Phil Moffett, president of the information technology firm CCS
Partners, is the first of a potentially crowded field of
Republicans to enter the 2011 race.

Running as a political outsider, Moffett said his political
philosophy is closely aligned with Republican Rand Paul, the
firebrand running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Moffett also has
hired Paul's former campaign manager, David Adams, to lead his

Moffett may have to overcome some big names in Kentucky politics
to win the GOP nomination, including Agriculture Commissioner
Richie Farmer and Senate President David Williams, both of whom
have expressed an interest in running.

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