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) once 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.

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 birthday party in Washington, D.C. My mother asked me to accompany her to the annual celebration, and I'd been a few times before and said of course.

When women are conscious about their nails, hair, makeup, gown, shoes, etc., they take a long time to get ready. I was ready and impatient, and had to wait in the bar for her. She was finally ready and we made our way to the party. When we arrived, we waited in a brief line for the secret service security screening.

We had agreed ahead of time that I'd make a beeline for the bar to get drinks (which I did), and I took a long stroll back. It's always fun checking out a cheerful crowd. When I found my mother, she was nodding and half listening to an older chatty Asian woman, with a man standing adjacent to her while silently holding her purse, as my thirsty mother glared at me. She was introduced to the couple she was chatting with, and I could tell she had no interest in them because she didn't bother learning their names.

I handed my mother her vodka and tonic with a splash of ice, and introduced myself to the Washington power couple. My mother didn't know who they were so I reintroduced them formally. Kentucky's senior Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife Secretary Elaine Chao were a power couple then, just like now. Then I walked away.

I could feel my mother's glare on the other side of the room, and I could tell she wanted me to come rescue her. After letting her squirm for a twenty minutes, I walked back over to them, and my mother was telling them a story, as they were trying to make a get away. Both McConnell and Chao were perfectly lifeless, nice, and harmless even, and that’s how I thought of him for years. And then 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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