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Disability Group Targets Senate Candidate Who Questioned ADA

A newly formed political fund-raising group supporting disability-friendly candidates is taking aim at Rand Paul, a Senate candidate from Kentucky who publicly questioned the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Disability Power & Pride Political Action Committee, or PAC, is planning an event later this month to raise cash for Paul’s opponent, Jack Conway, a Democrat.

The nonpartisan PAC, which formed in July, is believed to be the first to finance political candidates who support disability issues. The group’s leaders say they are targeting the Senate race in Kentucky specifically because of remarks that Paul made earlier this year questioning whether the Americans with Disabilities Act is an overreach of federal government.

“I think a lot of things could be handled locally,” Paul, a Republican, said in an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered in May. “I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator. And I think when you get to the solutions like that, the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions.”

Read more here: Disability Group Targets Senate Candidate Who Questioned ADA – Disability Scoop.

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