Skip to comments.Mitch McConnell slams Matt Bevin in Senate race
Posted on 07/24/2013 5:30:31 AM PDT by cotton1706
Matt Bevin is getting a Mitch McConnell welcome in Kentucky: A slashing TV ad seizing on the political newcomers problems with his Connecticut-based bell manufacturing business.
Bevin, a wealthy Louisville businessman, is slated to announce a primary challenge against McConnell on Wednesday, hoping to tap into tea party anger to pull off a major upset against the wily 28-year Senate veteran in 2014.
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McConnells campaign will unveil a six-figure ad buy Wednesday dubbing its opponent Bailout Bevin, attacking his primary foe for obtaining $200,000 in Connecticut state grants to help his companies rebuild after a 2012 fire. Twisting the knife even further, McConnells ad attacks Bevin for eight local tax liens his company was assessed with for failing to pay $116,000 in taxes in recent years. A local article in 2011 painted the company, Bevin Bros., as the No. 1 tax delinquent firm in East Hampton, Conn.
Bevins company failed to pay taxes, then got a taxpayer bailout, McConnells campaign ad says. Bailout Bevin: Not a Kentucky conservative.
Its highly unusual for an established incumbent to attack a little-known primary opponent across the airwaves on the day of his or her announcement. But the Senates top Republican is taking no chances in fending off attacks from the right just as Democratic outside groups are already pummeling McConnell across the airwaves in the Bluegrass State.
Both sides are preparing to spend big bucks early in what will likely be the countrys most expensive Senate race.
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I know nothing about Bevin. McConnell’s enthusiastic attack, however, tells me someone is scared to death of Mr. Bevn.
If it were up to me, I'd give them both a Bowie Knife and tell them to do the patriotic thing for their country. [shamelessly stolen paraphrasing from a book by John Ball, "The First Team"]
McConnell is attacking someone else as not a conservative?
hahaha... that is rich
No wonder MM gets along so great with Reid. He campaigns like a Democrat...no principles stand in the way of destroying your opponent.
It’s way past time to fire him, Kentucky.
Yeah, I’m sick of McConnell. When it comes to conservative Republican challengers he’s nasty as they come. Harry Reid barks and he’s on his knees like a $10 hooker.
Really makes me angry when he says he’s a conservative. He’s gets the nomination with his dirty mud slinging and there is no way I’m voting for him. No lesser of two evils this time around.
They never attack Democrats like they attack their primary opponents
the wily 28-year Senate veteran in 2014
He aint so Wily as Senate Minority leader.
Harry Reid leads him around by the nose.
I don’t know anything about Bevin, but the nasty way he comes under attack from this old RINO has me rooting for him.
Agree totally with you comment.
Bevins company failed to pay taxes, then got a taxpayer bailout, McConnells campaign ad says.
I just wonder. How does McConnell know the guys company did or did not pay taxes? Is it a public company?
If not a public company I would like to know HOW McConnell came about learning this information.
Also, NO Republican should endorse or campaign for McConnell after this type of attack. He should be relegated back to KY to
Might have to send Bevin some money after reading last night that the ‘leadership’ in Senate is trying to stop the bi partisan effort to defund Obamacare. Time for McConnel to go.
Hes gets the nomination with his dirty mud slinging and there is no way Im voting for him.
Dewhurst was taken out by Cruz in TX largely because Dewhurst's campaign used these same tactics. People who likely would have been indifferent to the campaign were outraged by Dewhurst's incessant viscious and unfounded attacks on Cruz. Maybe the same fate will befall McConnell.
A long line of GOPe losers need ousting!
Well, I am certainly going to *actively* campaign for Bevin and *against* McConnell. If I didn’t have to work for a living I would make it my personal goal for the next year.
The longer McConnell is in office, the more I despise him.
Is Mitch using IRS data to s,am his opponent?
Like McCain, McConnell only shows real fight when he is opposing a conservative. When opposing leftists, it’s just theater.
Miotch, The Turd-le, must go.
Beven made a success in the private sector. McConnell hasn't held a single job out of government that I'm aware of. What more does one need than that?
Is he one of those Aliens from Buckaroo Banzai movie
I think McConnel has been too soft on the Dims in the Senate and for too long.
However, if there is any fire behind the smoke he is making about Bevin, then I will wonder if Conservatives who want someone to oppose McConnel have not done all the due diligence they should have. The last thing they need is a candidate that can somehow beat McConnel in the primary but emerge so legitimately tarred that a general election victory becomes a problem. Yes, getting someone other than McConnel is a good idea - so is doing so with a winner.
I disagree that it was backlash against negative campaigning that led Cruz to victory. I think he won in spite of the negative campaign (and because he’s a hell of a campaigner).
There were 9 Repub. Senate candidates to replace Huchison. 8 of them criss crossed the state going to every little Tea Party and GOP meeting. Dewhurst thought he could stay above the fray and either win an election outright, or take out his run off opponent.
Unfortunately for Dewhurst, he miscalculated. By the time Cruz won the opportunity to face Dewhurst, Cruz had personally met (including me) a large number of the kind of voters that will come back and vote in a run off in July.
Negative campaigning works, or it wouldn’t be used so much. Just because it works doesn’t mean it always works. In Mitch’s case, more than anything, it’s an indication of fear. (Just like Enzi using Rand Paul as a whipping boy indicates a level of concern; that race will be much closer than an initial poll).
I’ll have to keep an eye on Matt Bevin and send him some money if he starts to become the real deal.
Primary the Hell out of them all! We got where we are because the entrenched and the entitled fear their bag men more than they fear us. To take a spin on a Jefferson quote: “When Senators fear their bag men, there is progressive gov’t (tyranny). When Senators fear the People, there is freedom.” Whether Bevins wins or loses, if he puts some fear into the heart of McConnell, it’s a win for us all.
Mitch couldn’t run a hot dog stand... but he can spend,, oh can he spend.. and kadoodle..
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