Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Collins makes Fancy Farm headlines

Crittenden Press political columnist Tyler Collins has made national news, mostly on conservative Web sites and Fox News Channel, for allegedly portraying himself as a Rand Paul supporter at the Fancy Farm Picnic last weekend in Graves County.

A video of Collins has surfaced on the Internet and been shown on some television stations. The person shooting the video alleges that Collins was planted by Democrats to make derogatory remarks in order to cast the Paul for U.S. Senate in a poor light. The videographer later caught up with Collins among supporters of the Jack Conway for U.S. Senate campaign. Conway is a Democrat and Paul a Republican.

Collins, a 20-year Murray State student, said most mainstream news outlets saw his depiction of a Paul supporter for what it was – satire. A few did not and he say that he was victimized by those wanting to sensationalize a story.

While Collins claims to be a Conway supporter, he denies ever being part of the candidate’s staff as alleged on the video and that says he never made a racial slur at Fancy Farm.