McConnell hits opponent over LinkedIn profile
August 20th, 2013
09:38 AM ET
1 year ago

McConnell hits opponent over LinkedIn profile

(CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign is seizing on a change made earlier this year in his conservative challenger's LinkedIn profile after a report stated Matt Bevin had misleading information on his online resume.

In March, The Hill reported that Bevin, a businessman with tea party ties, led readers of his profile to believe he graduated from a program affiliated with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

School officials, however, told the news outlet the school had no formal record of Bevin. The program in which he enrolled took place in a building owned by MIT, but it was not otherwise connected to the school.

One official told The Hill that the three-year program–"Birthing of Giants/Entrepreneurial Master's Program at MIT Endicott House"–is not an official program offered by MIT, but sponsored in part by the MIT Enterprise Forum, an alumni-created network of "loosely affiliated regional groups interested in entrepreneurship."

Bevin tweaked his LinkedIn profile after The Hill notified Bevin of its reporting, making the MIT listing more specific. The events took place in March, months before Bevin announced his candidacy in late July for Kentucky's GOP Senate primary next year.

McConnell launched a new six-figure television ad on Tuesday that recycles the campaign's attack on the businessman over questions about his financial history, while also diving into the MIT issue.

"Can you believe Bailout Bevin on anything?" the ad's narrator asks.

Bevin's team responded Tuesday morning with a photo of a certificate from the program.

"The truth? From 2006 to 2008, Matt Bevin attended the (Entrepreneurs' Organization)/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program," an email from his campaign stated. "That is the official name of the program as printed on the certificate he received upon finishing the program."

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In the same email, Bevin said the latest ad takes "the childishness of campaign name-calling to a whole new level."

"Just when you think the lies can't get any more ridiculous, Mitch McConnell proves that he'll stoop to any level to hang on to his job," Bevin said.

The term "Bailout Bevin" used by the Senate minority leader's campaign comes from a $200,000 state grant that Bevin's company received after its his Connecticut-based bell manufacturing company and a specialty gas cylinder manufacturer, in which he had minority stake, were destroyed in a 2012 fire. According to a local newspaper article at the time, Bevin's insurance barely helped out.

The MIT attack ad is the latest punch in a round of already hard-hitting blows between the candidates. In his inaugural television ad last month, Bevin went after McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, for his "failed leadership" and aggressively targeted the senator in his speech at Kentucky's annual political speech-making event, "Fancy Farm."

McConnell's team has also been out front with a series of ads and web videos attacking the primary challenger.


Filed under: 2014 • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Was the $200,000 state grant "bailout money"? What does McConnell mean by "bailout"? Government subsidizes businesses all the time. Most businesses, in fact, would not even exist without the government, and that's a fack, Jack. State officials consider such grants to be "investments" in their state. Along with the diploma thing featured here, McConnell is demonstrating pretty weak lines of attack. But "Bailout Bevin" will probably stick. Voters don't have to understand stuff; they just need to remember slogans.

    August 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I'd like to know how McConnell could become a multi millionaire on his 200,000 Dallas salary and live in Washington , one of the most expensive cities in the country????? Political playoffs anyone?????

    August 20, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    In the same email, Bevin said the latest ad takes "the childishness of campaign name-calling to a whole new level."
    -------------------------
    Nothing new here, Bevin. It's the same old stuff that Republicans have been doing for years. You may have never noticed it before because you or someone you supported was never the target of it. Oh, and congratulations. By referring to the name-calling as childishness, you've taken your first step into a bigger world known as reality. You've seen a conservative how the real world views conservatives. Once again, congratulations, Mr. Bevin.

    August 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Bill

    Regardless, McConnell is toast in 2014.

    August 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Tony

    Since when was MIT known as MI?

    August 20, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Peppey

    Whether your a dem or repub, if you haven't figured out that they are all crooks by now, you need your head examined.
    From bammy down what a load of crap.

    August 20, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Just when you think the lies can't get any more ridiculous, Mitch McConnell proves that he'll stoop to any level to hang on to his job," Bevin said."

    Finally caught on, did he? Better late than never. Or something.

    August 20, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. jinx9to88

    With a face like McConnel how can he lose? Let me rephrase that, how can he win? Geeeesh!!

    August 20, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "By referring to the name-calling as childishness, you've taken your first step into a bigger world known as reality."

    Dude...Bevin is a rabid Teatroll ideologue...you're essentially congratulating him on the equivalent of his first step of walking from Jupiter to Hong Kong.

    August 20, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. S.B. Stein

    The problem is that there are too many little things that someone can call into question. I hope to hear more issues oriented questions and complaints about the candidates in addtion to the expected mud. It should be interesting to see how much money McConnell is left for the general election after this.

    August 20, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. MaryM

    Bye Bye McConnell, your one term president comment and republican obstruction in congress will lose you the 2014 election

    August 20, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Wake up People!

    Is this like choosing between the devil and the super-devil?? Ole Mitchie being the super-devil.....

    August 20, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    Dude...Bevin is a rabid Teatroll ideologue...you're essentially congratulating him on the equivalent of his first step of walking from Jupiter to Hong Kong.
    -----------------
    Oh, I know about Bevin. He's a devout ideologue at that. I was only pointing it out for the benefit of those on the right. I have no doubt that should Bevin get past the primary, he will fall back on the same traditional campaign techniques that they have always used: mud-slinging; name-calling; race-bating; fear-mongering; etc.

    August 20, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Dixie

    @SB Right on. The name calling and distractions need to stop. Give me more information on how to get this country back on track. Give us term limits so the lifers go home.

    August 20, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. geg

    if you take all the tax money out of capitalism –it would die in a week

    August 20, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. geg

    put a list of the private companies that would disappear over night with out tax payer money to keep them alive

    August 20, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    This primary race is an excellent snapshot of philosophical war within the right wing, and the Repubilcan party as a whole. The hard right is being pitted against the more moderate establishment. The hard right has the better argument because they have the fact that the hard line approach won in 2010, while a more moderate approach lost both in 2008 and 2012.

    August 20, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Mack

    Nothing to offer but mud slinging. Time to go.

    August 20, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. California Gary

    Ah yes......the infamous McConnell slime machine has been dusted off and is in full operation. At least this time it is directed at an actual candidate.

    August 20, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Data Driven

    @Rudy NYC,

    Interesting comment.

    It's pretty sad that McConnell represents "moderate establishment", but, in today's GOP, you're right. 30 years ago he would've been considered a frothing-at-the-mouth right-winger.

    Mid-term elections bring out the bases, and seemingly no one else, for both parties, but particularly for the GOP. You would expect hardliners to win in 2014, and they probably will, but the tea leaves seem really cloudy to me this cycle. The President is losing popularity, but so are the GOP. It SEEMS that this would be a "throw the bums out" election, but why do I get the feeling that absolutely nothing will change after election night next year? - a GOP House, a Dem Senate, and a President resorting to Executive Orders to get anything accomplished. The elective monarchy marches on ...

    August 20, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. elucidated1

    If the people in Kentucky re elected McConnell, they deserve everything that comes with it. And what would that be? Someone who as openly said he wants to "shut this government down" putting everyone on SS and Medicare at risk.
    Ask yourself. What major legislation has McConnell written and passed in the last decade that is significant now? Do you really want another six years of him? Get rid of Pelosi, Boehner and Reid too. All of them are part of the problem.

    August 20, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. James Fugedy

    I like McConnell because he focuses on the important issues.

    August 20, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Time to ditch Mitch. Keep slinging mud back and forth guys. Whoever wins the republican nomination, I hope Ms. Lungergan Grimes wipes the floor with whoever wins.

    August 20, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |