Even Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Can't Stand Him - New RepublicSubmitted by Chris Souptonutski on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 17:56
Even Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Can't Stand Him
BY ALEC MACGILLIS newrepublic.com 8-8-13
"...Tea Party supporters in Kentucky are generally forgiving of [Senator Rand] Paul’s tacit support of McConnell’s reelection, seeing it as basic Senate etiquette, but Benton’s acceptance of the McConnell job (at Paul’s urging) has raised plenty of eyebrows. Today’s those raised eyebrows have turned to chuckles with the release of a recording in which Benton candidly admits to a conservative activist what the deal is: “Between you an me, I’m sorta holding my nose for two years ‘cause what we’re doing here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand in ‘16.”
Jesse Benton offers candid opinion on his employer, Senator Mitch McConnell
Benton has condemned the release of the recording (what is with Kentucky politics and secret recordings, anyway?) saying “It is truly sick that someone would record a private phone conversation I had out of kindness and use it to try to hurt me. I believe in Senator McConnell and am 100 percent committed to his re-election.” And McConnell has made no move to drop Benton over his nose-holding...
...“I’ve been telling everybody who would sit still the last six months that when that relationship [between McConnell and Benton] blows up, it’ll be funny. It’s even better now that we learn that he’s not fired. It just rolls on and on and on,” said David Adams. “Think of it from McConnell’s perspective—if he fires him, who does he hire?"