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Jesse Benton Goes to Work for Mitch McConnell

Politico: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has hired a loyal aide to Rep. Ron Paul and fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to run his 2014 reelection bid -- the latest sign of how the wily leader is already preparing to head off any tea party insurgency and Democratic challenge.

McConnell announced Thursday that he's hired Jesse Benton, who led both Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign and Rand Paul's 2010 Senate campaign, to run his reelection bid for a sixth term.

"We're committed to running a presidential-level campaign in Kentucky and that starts with a presidential campaign manager," McConnell said. "Jesse is literally the best in the business at building and organizing conservative grassroots movements and I'm thrilled he's chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign."

Since Rand Paul defeated McConnell's hand-picked Senate choice in the 2010 primary, the leader has worked to win over the younger Paul, giving him political advice in that campaign, allowing him to operate independently in the Senate and touring the state with him back home. Such moves — including the latest hire — have helped cool speculation that McConnell could be vulnerable to a tea party primary challenger in 2014.


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i knew that kid was a little

i knew that kid was a little prick

this was predictable when jesse made nice

With the RNC and "ALLOWED" them to start supporting Romney even though he was not.yet the nominee as Ron was still in the race-in violation with the rules
At the time many here refused to see it and ascribed jesse's move with some "grand strategy" to help Ron get the nomination

Seems it helped Jesse more

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has dishonored himself and dishonored his platoon...

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
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That is an insult...

to the "Private Pyles" of this world.


Its right on target....

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
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"It is a real honor to join Sen. McConnell's team," Benton said in a statement. "I look forward to playing my part in reelecting a great leader who can truly unite a broad coalition of Americans and get out country back on track."

Was he lying during the RP campaign about his beliefs or is he lying now?

Or perhaps there are no beliefs, just a paycheck. I do a lot of my job without any heart and soul belief in what I'm doing. But then I don't wholesale misrepresent myself, nor does anybody in the world that I usually come across.

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He's just a whore...

... self-centered one at that.

Is McConnell clueless ?

Benton is like Benedict Arnold to the grass roots and any real Tea Partier. (not Teo-cons)


McConnell sent spook operative Trgyve Olson into Rand Paul's 2010 campaign.

Trgyve Olson targets Benton and positions him to head Ron Paul 2012.

Benton and Olson take down the Paul Campaign and liberty movement from the inside.

McConnell pays off Benton.

Mission accomplished. So concludes an incredibly successful subversion op run against Ron Paul and the liberty movement, thanks to Benedict Benton.

Benedict Benton.

Jessie the revolution is through with you.We should send Adam to literally kick your ass with a good truth spanking, you little money hungry political operative whore; ADAM TRIED TO WARN US.Thank You Adam..Jessie if you think you have any support whatsoever you are a delusional fool.
No wonder we did not do as well as we should have you were absolutely screwing the pooch from the inside thanks alot for helping to derail one of the last chances to save our country peacefully.Have fun wearing you're traitorous crown.
Establishment Whore.
Please forgive oh lord my tone and please eventually forgive this Judas for betraying his people.

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I'm tempted to move to KY to fight for his opposition.

I love my country
I am appalled by my government

Wasn't it McConnell who sent Trgyve Olson to Rand's campaign?

And Trgyve Olson positioned Benton to head Ron Paul 2012...

And now Benton gets his pay off from the very source of the spook who ran the subversion op against the Paul Campaign...

All of our suspicions are now confirmed. Benton is a low down traitor to his grandfather and our movement. Sad thing is, so is Rand.

Here's how Benton's "negotiations" with the Romney campaign probably went:


Good points

One thing that almost nobody knows is that the creator of the Ron Paul campaign videos admitted during one interview that he was in fact a Mitt Romney supporter.

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Co-opted. Keep your enemies close.

Mitch McConnell? Disgusting.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Hmmm. This should guarantee

Reid's counterpart, McConnell a resounding defeat this year! Please Lord just one lightening bolt....

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This means McConnell will LOSE!!! (I wish...)

Just like house leader

Just like house leader Boehner will lose after the convention travesty... yeah right :(

Southern Agrarian

If you live in Kentucky vote against him and Benton

Let's vote for the other guy just to show that Benton had nothing to do with the grassroots success and lets shut him down in his first non Paul ticket campaign. I live in southern indiana and will do my best to spread the word.

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What tools, this guys is just using them, and co-opting them. He's about as liberty minded as McCain. So who's gonna challenge him, please tell me there is a true Ron Paul Republican in Kentucky to challenge this guy....I would love to see him defeated by the "real" grassroots. Oh, and all you who donated to Ron & Rands campaign in Kentucky I bet you'll be inundated with crap from McConnell's campaign asking for donations.
Sickening ain't it?
A real honor, really Jesse...boggles the mind that this guy was the leader of the campaign of greatest champion of liberty EVER!

WOW unbelievable

How can you go from Ron Paul to Mc CONnel ? No principles... Just sad...History will remember that a giant like Ron Paul lost bc of a midget

Geez, I thought it would take

Geez, I thought it would take at least a week before he publicly entered the Neo-con fold.

Good riddance.

That sells it. No other proof

That sells it. No other proof is needed.
Benton sold his soul to the establishment.

Southern Agrarian

if he ever

Had one

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this pisses me off so much

I hope he isnt just a complete sell out and just destroys his campaign instead, forcing another candidate to win. That would be a huge win.

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If Benton was as disasterious for the RP campaign as many claimed we can look forward to McConnell losing in 2014.

Gee, who would have ever thought he was tight with the

establishment. I'll bet he doesn't continually embarrass and downplay McConnell. I'm still betting he divorces out of the Paul family within a few months.

Sadly, I agree. His marriage was probably just a sham

I feel bad for Ron's granddaughter - cause she probably thought he was a good guy and cared about her. 3-4 months tops.