Rand Paul, the libertarian/Tea Party Senate candidate for Kentucky might just be a gift for the Democrats he seat, normally a safe GOP is in play. That doesn't mean he's a douchebag of the highest order.
A couple of days ago he argued that safety regulations in coal mines should be abolished because "no-one will work in a mine that isn't safe". Tell that to the families of the 29 miners killed in West Virginia in a mine that had a history of safety violations.
Kentucky is a large coal mining state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
He also argued recently that hilltop removal for coal mining is a good thing. He said it makes the landscape look better and you can build things on them. Hilltop removal also led to the largest inland case of environmental pollution, ruining thousands of miles of rivers in the south.
Oh, and by the way, since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court that allows corporations unlimited political contribution, the coal mining industry has been pouring milions into supporting his candidacy.