Skip to comments.FreedomWorks endorses McConnell primary foe. Senate race tightening?
Posted on 01/23/2014 5:23:28 AM PST by cotton1706
The conservative political group FreedomWorks on Wednesday endorsed Matt Bevin, the businessman whos mounting a primary challenge to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky.
The nod wasnt a shock. Mr. Bevin is a tea party favorite who is running to Senator McConnells right, and FreedomWorks is among the party activist groups trying to rid the GOP of what they consider to be Gumby-flexible establishment Republicans.
McConnell, who helped broker the deal that ended last years government shutdown, is high on the FreedomWorks hit list. As it endorsed Bevin, the group published a list of what it terms McConnells top 10 worst votes, which in its eyes include his vote in 2003 to pass President George W. Bushs Medicare Part D proposal; his 2008 vote to pass the TARP financial bailout bill; and his 2013 legislative maneuvering, which reopened the federal government and allowed Democrats to lever Obamacare implementation funding back into the federal budget.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in an interview with the Louisville Courier Journal that his group's political action committee is ready to put as much as $500,000 into the Bevin race.
The feedback we have gotten from activists on the ground all over Kentucky is, they want to elect Matt Bevin, Mr. Kibbe told the Courier Journal.
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For any who may be in a position to support Matt Bevin (financially or otherwise) here is his campaign website.
Connecting More Dots
By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | January 17th, 2014 at 04:30 AM | 75
As I mentioned yesterday, Ben Sasse of Nebraska is running for the Senate against a guy who has Mitch McConnells backing. Some of McConnells friends are holding a fundraiser for Sasses opponent at the NRSC. One name stands out pretty significantly on the invitation: Billy Piper.
Mr. Piper is not just Mitch McConnells former Chief of Staff. Hes now a well paid lobbyist working on behalf of companies implementing Obamacare. The Lexington Herald-Leader had a report on this just a couple of months ago.
Senator Mitch McConnell has received $75,000.00 from UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealth owns the company that built Healthcare.gov. It also retains former McConnell chief of staff Billy Piper as a Washington lobbyist to work on its behalf in Congress on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Senate records show.
Thats not the only Obamacare related client retaining Billy Piper. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports
Senate records show that Piper has several other clients who pay him for his assistance in implementing the Affordable Care Act, including the Federation of American Hospitals. The FAH has praised the health care law for making life easier for patients. The groups political action committee has given a total of $15,000 since 2011 to McConnells campaign and to his Bluegrass Committee.
While Billy Piper is sending contributions to Mitch McConnell from entities profiting from Obamacare, McConnells current Chief of Staff, Josh Holmes, is working out of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where Ben Sasses opponent is holding a fundraiser with Billy Piper on the host committee.
Just connect the dots. The Chamber of Commerce says it is going to work to fix, not repeal, Obamacare. A top policy wonk who has Mitch McConnells ear is starting a think tank to fix, not repeal, Obamacare. The Chamber of Commerce is going to attack conservatives in Republican Primaries. The Republican Main Street Partnership is getting Democrat money to join them. McConnell sends his current Chief to the NRSC, which in turn black balls a political shop helping conservatives. The NRCC joins in the black balling.
Folks, you may want to sit it out. You may think all Republicans will advance in your direction. But all the talk about the GOP just fighting over tactics is crap. This is a fight over the direction of the party and whether it will repeal Obamacare or work with Democrats to fix it.
Mitch McConnell and his ilk no longer believe the problem with government is government. They believe the problem with government is Democrats in charge of it. If you want to clean up the mess in Washington, you can no longer just vote Republican. You have to vote against Mitch McConnell and his preferred candidates inside Republican primaries.
If you want to clean up Washington, the singularly most significant thing you can do is replace Mitch McConnell and those who benefit from the Washington status quo.
I’m not from Kentucky. What is the date for the primary? I could not find that information on the website.
I hope and pray this entrenched serial office holder is flushed from the Office he has so long polluted.
Thanks, the article you linked to helps show just how corrupt and disreputable McConnell is and how all conservatives need to help replace McConnell and his ilk with true conservatives.
“...If you want to clean up Washington, the singularly most significant thing you can do is replace Mitch McConnell and those who benefit from the Washington status quo....”