WashExam: Effort to unseat Mitch McConnell looks to outside groups for a Rand Paul repeatSubmitted by P. Nicholson on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:15
Kentucky Tea Party conservatives are hoping to get outside help to unseat five-term Sen. Mitch McConnell now that a Republican has stepped up to challenge the Senate minority leader.
Businessman Matt Bevin is expected to announce Wednesday that he will challenge Mitchell in a Republican primary next year, a move that will unleash a torrent of expensive, negative attack ads from both sides.
McConnell, who for decades has served as the de facto head of the state GOP, will have the clear in-state advantage for campaign financing and resources needed to reach voters via media advertisements, phone-banking, sign placement and door knocks. He has already amassed a growing war chest of $12 million.