Primary challenger to top Senate Republican lands conservative endorsement
July 29th, 2013
08:39 AM ET
9 months ago

Primary challenger to top Senate Republican lands conservative endorsement

Washington (CNN) - One day before the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky formally kicks off her campaign, the candidate who's launched a conservative primary challenge to the top Republican in the U.S. Senate has landed an important endorsement.

The Madison Project PAC, a national conservative PAC that helps elect candidates, on Monday will endorse Matt Bevin's 2014 bid for the Senate against McConnell, who's served nearly three decades and is running for a sixth term in office next year.

The businessman from Louisville, who enjoys the support of some tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives, announced his primary challenge last week.

"The only way to change the lackluster leadership in the Republican Party is to replace the career politicians who lead the party. Matt Bevin is brave enough to storm the castle of the GOP Establishment and challenge the sitting minority leader, and we are proud to stand with him and millions of conservatives who feel disenfranchised by unprincipled GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell," said former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, chairman of the Madison Project, in a statement.

In a letter, the group touted Bevin's accomplishments in the private sector, saying he's "lived the American dream, coming from virtually nothing to grow businesses and create jobs." And they criticized McConnell, saying he "has become the embodiment of stale moss-covered leadership."

The endorsement could give Bevin access to a wider array of donors.

Two other conservative groups that Bevin has met with, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, are also considering endorsing his primary challenge.

McConnell has wasted no time in pushing back against his new primary rival. On the day Bevin announced his bid, McConnell's team went up with a spot that attacks Bevin for taking "taxpayer bailouts" despite saying he's a "conservative businessman."

The Madison Group's endorsement of Bevin comes one day before Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes holds a campaign kickoff in Lexington, which officially begins the rollout of her Democratic challenge to McConnell.


Filed under: Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    No GOP clown is fit for public office,just look at the incompetent and obstructionist house of reps that the GOP will lose in2014 mid terms. GOP morons!!!!!

    July 29, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Dixie

    Like I've said before we all need to vote to put new people in office. The ones that have made all this mess need to go home. I never have voted for a straight ticket and I never will. Our country was set up for all sides to work together for the people that elected them. If they can't do the job they need to go home.

    July 29, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Namevjones

    time for mitch to go

    July 29, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    I shall be watching this, in the hope of putting a better choice in the Senate, that supports the American way, and NOT the socialists.

    July 29, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I'm convinced that Alison Lundergan Grimes will wipe the floor with either one of them. Her new campaign ad is spectacular! Mitch better be very scared. "What rhymes with Mitch?"

    July 29, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    "conservatives who feel disenfranchised by unprincipled GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell,"
    --------

    by "unpriincipled" they mean not pure enough for their draconian view of the country. Even mumbles is not right enough for them......what a laugh

    July 29, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Mitch "Darth Vader" McConnell should start planning for an early retirement.

    July 29, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    It would appear that it is somebody's goal to make McConnell a final term Senator. This should be interesting to watch.

    July 29, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. TONE

    It is hard for me to not equate conservatism with bigotry so if this guy defeat Mitch McConnell it would not make any difference.

    July 29, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. ST

    Things are getting better even before they started. McConnell, please can you hear this: Start packing and cleaning up your Office. The Titanic plus the severe hurricane are on way coming. There is no way you can escape this. Lucky you, You have got the warning already.

    July 29, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Good thing that the Turtle McConnell has a shell he can crawl under. It looks like Rand Paul might not be able to save Mitch. It will be interesting to see with primary candidate the brain dead right wingnuts support.

    July 29, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. GI Joe

    I'm a Dem, but what is his address. I want to send a contribution to his campaign. LOL

    July 29, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Data Driven

    Please proceed, "tea party", to put up candidates for high office with no political experience whatsoever. You're making a Democratic Senator representing Kentucky possible. (Though I must say McConnell will probably survive Mr. Bevin. But this will be fun to watch!)

    July 29, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. kirk

    Old turtleneck. His days are coming to a close.finally.

    July 29, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. S.B. Stein

    Ah, the "not enough like us" primary challenge for McConnell; good to see that he isn't right wing enough. It really makes you wonder what he has been doing in the 30 years (or so) that he has been in the Senate. Has he always obstructed presidents? Or was it just Obama that he wanted to obstruct? My question is why is he obstructing more than he might have done under Clinton?

    July 29, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. rs

    For you Republicans in denial-
    We are witnessing the fracturing of the Republican Party. We see a more "conservative" challenge to McConnell- which, even in the event he looses, is huge. We're seeing push-back against the idiot squad headed by Mr. Paul by Christie, and the terrorist-supporting King. We are witnessing Sharia-like law imposed by Republicans at the state level, and no doubt another Akin-like blast is waiting in the wings. Meanwhile John McCain is stepping back from the brink calling for reviews of "stand your ground" laws, and Arizona's worst Republican Governor ever (well, not quite, there was Evan Mecham), has signed up for "Obamacare".

    The GOP is all over the map, and the fractures are visible. You guys simply have no policy anymore- except going against what's good for the country.

    I guess your astroturf TEA Parties weren't such a hot idea after all. 5 years, zip for accomplishments. You have 2 years to get your act together and become adults again. Good Luck!

    July 29, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Has anyone seen Alison Grimes' ad with her grandmothers? Absolutely awesome. Your time is up Mitch!

    July 29, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Yertle is pooping his shell. I hope this guy makes soup out of him in the primary so Grimes can whoop his butt in turn.

    July 29, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    I shall be watching this, in the hope of putting a better choice in the Senate, that supports the American way, and NOT the socialists.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Do you have ANY clue? The guy plans to primary the house majority leader – a guy who has proven he's as far from "soshulist" as one can be.

    July 29, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Do you have ANY clue? The guy plans to primary the house majority leader – a guy who has proven he's as far from "soshulist" as one can be.
    -----------------------------------–
    You mean *Senate Minority Leader*

    July 29, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    I shall be watching this, in the hope of putting a better choice in the Senate, that supports the American way, and NOT the socialists.
    __________________________________
    The "socialists" that keep giving subsidies to big oil, big gas, and corporate farms? Those "socialists"?

    July 29, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. ghostwriter

    I think the funniest part of the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is that they have spent all of their time since 2008 in bashing democrats (and then Obama) that when they have supported like ideas, they have to spend considerable time and energy explaining to their constituents why they are supporting "socialist" ideas. The last election should have been a wake up call to republicans. They supported a guy who put forth a HC insurance mandate while condemning the President's HC mandate. Even now, republicans are chastising Obama's immigration reform ideas while having their own republicans putting forth very similar plans. How stupid do you guys look? You don't have to agree with everything any party puts forth, but the nutjobs blaming Obama for the republican plans really look stupid screaming at him while giving their own a pass.

    July 29, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. rs

    I think the funniest part of the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is that they have spent all of their time since 2008 in bashing democrats (and then Obama) that when they have supported like ideas, they have to spend considerable time and energy explaining to their constituents why they are supporting "socialist" ideas.
    _____________________________________________
    Right on GW- I mean really, the individual mandate piece in the ACA is a Republican idea, straight from "Romneycare", yet you'd think Beelzebub himself spawned it to hear Boehner. You can go on and on about times Republicans started out supporting stuff- even their own legislation, only to turn around and filibuster it-just because Obama actually supported it.
    The GOP is so worried that the ACA (or anything else) will be a hit they'll do ANYTHING to wreck it (and th chance for the middle class and poor to be able to get reasonable health care)- vote 40 this week in the house- another wasted $1.2 million.
    The GOP- to busy creating chaos to lead!

    July 29, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    Good one Rudy!! A final term Senator!!

    July 29, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    Kick Mitch McConnol butt–kick all GOP thug's butt....national messers....wars they need–send them to Iran.

    July 29, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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