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Friday, January 18, 2019

After years of speculation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is finally getting a Republican challenger in his 2014 re-election bid. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin is expected to officially announce his primary challenge to McConnell this week, with the hope of consolidating Tea Party support to depose the four-term incumbent from the right.

Bevin, who is currently a partner at the Louisville-based investment firm Waycross Partners, will formally declare his electoral plans on Wednesday, according to a Monday press release. Given that Bevin’s campaign has already announced a planned three-day tour of the state, all signs point to him joining the race.

Bevin has long hinted at challenging McConnell from the right. Tea Party groups reportedly began recruiting Bevin into the race in February, and in March he told the right-wing news organization The Daily Caller that he was considering a run.

“If I can be a part of the dialogue that leads to a reversal of the downward economic spiral that faces us as a state and as a nation, then I am willing to do so,” Bevin said at the time. “The people of this state are self-reliant, hard-working and strongly principled citizens and many of us are disheartened by the idea that the values we hold dear are being left behind at the state border by some of those who are representing us in Washington…We deserve better.”

Politico reports that Bevin has recently been meeting with influential right-wing groups such as the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Madison Project, hoping to marshal support for a serious challenge to the deep-pocketed, well-connected McConnell.

McConnell, who is an obvious target for a Tea Party challenge due to his image as the consummate Washington insider, has long prepared for a primary battle — and is highly unlikely to lose such a contest, despite his low poll numbers. McConnell has an intimidating war chest of nearly $10 million in cash on hand that he can spend to fight off opponents, and he has gone out of his way to forge a close relationship with the Tea Party’s favorite politician in the state, Senator Rand Paul. McConnell — who initially opposed Paul’s Senate run, instead backing then-Secretary of State Trey Grayson — even hired longtime Paul ally Jesse Benton to manage his re-election campaign.

On Friday, Benton served notice that McConnell is not overlooking Bevin, and that his famously vicious political operation would not shy away from attacking a fellow Republican. In a statement, Benton dismissed the Connecticut-born businessman, saying “Matthew Griswold Bevin is not a Kentucky conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man.”

The winner of the Republican primary is expected to face Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.

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30 responses to “Mitch McConnell Gets A Tea Party Challenger”

  1. Pamby50 says:

    This should be fun to watch.

  2. Erin Argast says:

    I love it when the sharks start eating one another. The Tea Baggers (there is no Tea Party registered in any state, or territory) are doing more to destroy the GOP than the DNC could ever hope to do. Obama thanks the Tea Baggers. Bevin will do as much for the GOP Tea Bagger wing as Sarah Failin did. Count on it. Hillary does.

    • stcroixcarp says:

      The GOP should kick the tea party out and force it to register as a party on its own and not allow the tea party to caucus with them. They should do the same to the libertarians. Separate the sane from the insane.

    • edwardw69 says:

      Of course the Tea Party is not registered anywhere as a political party, they are a charitable organization–just ask the IRS.

  3. FT66 says:

    How old Bevin is? I hope is younger than this old man Mcconnell. They have been claiming that their Party wants new blood. There you are you got it. Bring that new blood in.

    • edwardw69 says:

      I just hope he beats Mr. McConnell and then goes on to the general election, declaring that a child of a rape is a gift from the gods; not to mention that the sodomites should be stoned to death.
      Whatever Democrat, even Mr. Rogers, could beat him. Even in Kentucky.

  4. Dominick Vila says:

    Wow, Mitch McConnell is being challenged by a man who believe Mitch is not conservative enough and shares responsibility for what the Tea Party believes is an erosion of conservative values? Bevin’s statement highlights the sentiments that influence the decisions of so many voters in red states and what their priorities and concerns are. For them, issues such as abortion, gay rights, affirmative action, gender equality, spending on healthcare and education, and other such matters are evidence of decay and corruption, and they are determined to change course, not only in their state but at a national level.

  5. Germansmith says:

    and there starts the Republican circular firing squad.
    Who has the Democrats running against Mitch?

  6. Mary Ann Hoogeveen says:

    Let the games begin!!!!!

  7. CrankyToo says:

    An open message to Bitch McConnell:

    Hey Dipstick,

    I’ve been waiting (it seems like forever) for someone to wipe that shit-eating grin off your fat face (not for nothin’ Dude, but you’ve got more chins than a Chinese phone book). I’d rather you got your come-uppance from a real person than some Tea Party dumbass, but hey, the end justifies the means, doesn’t it?

    Doubtless you’ll be sweating like a whore in church between now and election day, but you have no one to blame but yourself. Start packin’ your shit, Squire.

    Your Pal,

    Cranky

    PS Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  8. 1standlastword says:

    Since there aren’t any decent and sane republicans left in the country let’s hope and pray that all the insane ultra-supra conservatives that voted tea party are in a deep coma when the Kentucky polls open…
    I know…somebody has to win…ok…anybody but not a conservative…not a republican

  9. Lynda Groom says:

    Looks like the baggers want somebody even more nuts than McConnell. Kentucky must be a very strange place.

    • midway54 says:

      It is a strange place, like so many other Red States: The majorities are ignoramuses who devour right wing neofascist bilge from the plutocrats and their shameless puppets and then obediently run off and enthusiastically vote against their own economic and political interests.

    • idamag says:

      Because of Mitch McConnell (the turtle) and Paul Rand, I think Kentucky must be a backward state.

  10. Bill says:

    What does the GOP have to offer, a Idiot who filibusters his own bill or another Tea Party Idiot to take his place. I’ll tell you what the GOP has to offer, NOTHING!!!!!!!

  11. charleo1 says:

    Listen, I love you all. But I hear a lot of hubris, and some perhaps unwarranted
    faith in the good citizens of Kentucky. I heard Matthews starting to talk of a real
    chance for Republicans to flip the Senate in ’14. Just like they started talking in
    ’10. Ratings maybe. But, let’s be careful. Just sayin’ (I know!) Shut up!

  12. JD Mulvey says:

    The people who control the Tea Party aren’t about to allow McConnell to lose. Prepare for the word to come down from Tea Party management to their minions to get behind Mitch.

  13. Gavin says:

    Am I wrong or are all racist pigs Ugly . Absolutely sure that racism has a direct link to low self image.

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