Kentucky Democrats waiting to hear their Senate nominee’s take on the controversial Cordoba House project in lower Manhattan finally got their answer today — and it sounds a lot like the response from GOP nominee Rand Paul.
“I think we have to keep the families of the victims of 9/11 foremost in our minds and because of that I would prefer to see it located elsewhere,” Conway told the Knox County, KY Times-Tribune. Conway also said the project is “an issue for New York primarily.”
Earlier this week, this is what Paul’s campaign told me about their man’s take on Cordoba House:
“While this is a local matter that should be decided by the people of New York, Dr. Paul does not support a mosque being built two blocks from Ground Zero,” Paul spokesperson Gary Howard said. “In Dr. Paul’s opinion, the Muslim community would better serve the healing process by making a donation to the memorial fund for the victims of September 11th.”
Paul’s contribution suggestion — what he later described in the Daily Caller as “a multi-million dollar donation to the memorial site” from American Muslims — seems to be the only part of his statement not matched by Conway.
But otherwise, no matter who Kentucky voters pick in November, they’re going to get a Senator who says that zoning decisions in New York should be left to New Yorkers — but they’re willing to throw their two cents in anyway.
The TPM Poll Average for the race shows Paul leading Conway 46.2-40.8.