August 9, 2013

McConnell's Campaign Chief: Something Smells In Kentucky

Senator Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) campaign manager Jesse Benton is holding his nose because something smells in Kentucky.
I met Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and I didn’t even get a lousy t-shirt.

I make no secret of my disgust with today’s Republican party, and find it remarkable that they continue to implode weekly, right before our very eyes.

The Senate Minority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is up for re-election in 2014, and he’s very unpopular in his home state.  

I met the Senator from Kentucky many years ago at a Republican party function in Washington, D.C. My mother was chatting with his wife, Secretary Elaine Chao, and he was at her side. My mother gave me a look from across the room, and I could tell that she wanted me to come and rescue her. After letting her squirm for a minute, I walked over to them, and my mother introduced us. Both McConnell and Chao were perfectly nice and charming, harmless even, and that’s how I thought of him for years, until Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

When McConnell stood on the floor of the Senate and said that he would do everything he could to ensure that Barack Obama was a one-term president, my ambivalence toward him evaporated in an instant.

The Senate minority leader hired Jesse Benton, Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) 2010 campaign manager, to manage his 2014 re-election bid.

During a phone conversation that Benton had with a friend in January 2013, he expressed that he wasn’t thrilled with his new gig managing McConnell’s campaign.....and he was unaware that his “friend” was recording the conversation!

According to The Associated Press via The Washington Post, Benton said:

Between you and me, I’m sorta holding my nose for two years because what we’re doing here is going to be a big benefit to Rand (Paul) in ‘16. So that’s my long vision.”

His comment confirms that Rand Paul will be running for something in 2016, whether it’s his re-election to the Senate or for president, or maybe both?

Heaven help us in either case.

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