Activists Rally to Urge Rand Paul to Support an Independent Investigation into Russian Influence

Mar 28, 2017

A handful of southern Kentucky activists rallied at the Bowling Green office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul in support of a national campaign to urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to establish an independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rand Paul is a member of that committee.

Bowling Green resident Peter Zielinski said he used to be more politically conservative, but he attended the March 28 rally because he has concerns about national leaders appointed by President Trump.                          

“The history of many of the appointees is at least suspect,” said Zielinski. “There is a preponderance of people with ties to Russia and foreign governments and that’s just the tip of what we know, at this point. We don’t know the whole truth and we should know the whole truth.”

A spokeswoman for Senator Paul said he was in Washington, D.C. on the day of the Bowling Green rally, but was glad to receive the letter from the local group and will review it.

Bowling Green retired teacher Claudia Hanes adapted a song from the musical Les Miserables for the rally. Some of the lyrics were, “Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not vote for you again."

Hanes said there are many questions about members of the Trump administration and their ties to Russia, and she wants answers.

“Our rally is to convince Rand Paul to be part of the movement to get an independent commission to investigate thoroughly what happened and if nothing else, to see that it never happens again.”

The rally was part of national campaign to deliver a similar message to all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.