A.J. Spiker, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party who formerly served as Ron Paul’s Iowa vice chairman, told The Hill that there is a concern that some of the elder Paul’s positions could drag Rand down.

“I think there’s some benefit to [Ron Paul] being involved, but you’re also going to have people try to take advantage of some of Ron’s positions and try to demagogue him,” he said.

“I think people really don’t understand the depths of where Ron’s coming from on some issues.”…

Matthew Hurtt, a 2012 at-large presidential delegate from Virginia who supported Paul, said some Ron Paul supporters might be unhappy with Rand’s shift on certain issues.

“There are … some Ron Paul supporters who may not agree with everything Rand has done. Ron could possibly smooth over those ‘operational differences’ and bring more people into the fold,” he said.