Bummer days for you, Senator McConnell. You might actually break a sweat in this next election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run.This Mr. Bevin fellow has a couple bucks in his wallet to play with, too:
His personal wealth would be an advantage running against McConnell, who has more than $7 million cash on hand and is is actively fundraising in preparation for 2014.I'm starting to warm up to this Tea Party thing. No putting that Genie back in the bottle, though I'm sure more than a couple establishment Republicans, like McConnell, wish they would just go away...but they can still vote Republican on their way out the door though, of course.
So can Mr. Bevin help whiddle down McConnell's war chest, or, dare we hope, actually beat him in a primary?
Going into 2014, however, Kentuckians involved in both Democratic and Republican politics believe McConnell could be vulnerable to challenges from the left and the right.Maybe. You'd think that with a personality as lovable as McConnell's, this would be a no-brainer:
A recent survey from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling revealed him to be the least popular senator in the nation [...]Now would be a great time to say:
Run, Ashley, run!
Because few things in life would give me greater joy than to see potential Democratic candidate Ashley Judd kick McConnell's ass to the curb once and for all. If Tea Party Patriotic Potential Primary Challenger and Unofficial McConnell Reelection Party-Pooper Matt Bevin can help make it happen, that's fine by me.
Besides, if the Lousiville Tea Party is hopeful, or at least wants to make it look that way, no sense standing in the way of the GOP's desire to destroy itself:
[Sarah] Duran was enthusiastic about Bevin's chances in a primary, though she said the Louisville Tea Party would not yet be making any endorsements.I like him and think he's great, too!
"I think he would be a very formidable candidate. I think that he would have a chance of possibly beating McConnell in the primary. He knows that we like him and we think he's great," she said.
And so does at least one Kentucky-based Democratic group:
Progress Kentucky, has indicated it is willing to help boost a Tea Party challenger to help bring down McConnell.Do whatever it takes to get this asshole out of the Senate, as far as I'm concerned.
Shawn Reilly, executive director of Progress Kentucky, said that while the group hadn't heard from Bevin, they were intrigued by his interest in the race.
"He hasn't reached out to us yet, but we are willing to support a candidate," he said.
To be sure, unseating McConnell won't be easy, but the more heat McConnell gets, the better.