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October 31, 2014

Challenger Knocks McConnell for Forging Senate Shutdown Deal

Challenger Knocks McConnell for Forging Senate Shutdown Deal

McConnell will seek re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s GOP primary challenger jumped on the news that the incumbent helped craft a deal that would reopen the federal government and extend the debt limit.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has criticized McConnell’s conservative credentials and argued that the minority leader had not adequately led the charge to defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. That ultimate effort  prompted the recent budget stalemate, but the urgency of the debt limit led to a bipartisan deal that was announced Wednesday on the Senate floor.

In an extensive statement, Bevin said McConnell “can always be counted on to sell out conservatives.”

“After falsely promising that he would fight to eliminate Obamacare ‘root and branch,’ Sen. McConnell has instead given us more spending, more borrowing, and the Obamacare train wreck with exceptions for liberal pet interests,” Bevin said. “Kentuckians are overwhelmingly opposed to Obamacare. Why does Mitch McConnell refuse to listen to his own constituents?”

In response, McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore dismissed the criticism and referred to a story from earlier this year about confusion over résumé information on Bevin’s LinkedIn page.

“At some point, you’d think Matt Bevin would take a deep breath, stare up at his fake MIT diploma, and wonder whether this is the kind of campaign he envisioned,” Moore said.

McConnell, who is seeking a sixth term, raised $2.3 million in the third quarter and had nearly $10 million as of Sept. 30. Bevin brought in $822,000, including a $600,000 personal loan to the campaign.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely Democratic nominee, raised $2.5 million.

The race is rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Beeker

    In response, McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore dismissed the criticism and referred to a story from earlier this year about confusion over résumé information on Bevin’s LinkedIn page.

    “At some point, you’d think Matt Bevin would take a deep breath, stare up at his fake MIT diploma, and wonder whether this is the kind of campaign he envisioned,” Moore said

    I’m not surprised that McConnell will deflect criticism by changing the issue to the challenger, Matt Bevins. He cannot give the people of Kentucky a straight answer as why he needed to do the deal.

  • Vridge

    Matt Bevin never claimed to graduate from, have a degree from, or attend MIT. On Bevin’s LinkedIn profile, however, it is noted that from 2006-2008 he attended and completed the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Master Program. It is an annual program that started in 1992. Matt’s profile clearly states, as it always has, that this was an “executive education program.” See the actual certificate on mudslingingmitch.com.
    If you look at the certificate, you will notice that it reads several times: “EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program.” You will also notice under the second signature, it says “MIT Enterprise Forum.” It is easy to see that this is not a diploma.
    The EO/MIT program is one of several educational programs listed on Matt’s LinkedIn page. THEY ARE LISTED BY LINKEDIN, from most recent to oldest based on the year of completion/attendance.
    Mitch McConnell present NO details to back up this claim (i.e. A copy of the supposed false resume or any indication of who the resume was presented to.) This is because the claim is entirely false. Matt works for himself and has not had a resume since he was 26 years old. He is a self made very succesful businessman with no need to impress anyone.
    McConnell’s ridiculous attack is a “So when did you stop being your wife?” ad hominem on his opponent.

  • lilflourocheezits

    Matt Bevin’s candidacy is looking a lot better this morning.

  • ThisIsNot4U2

    Louisville businessman Matt Bevin…Another CRY-BABY southerner who cannot get over the fact that Mr. Obama IS the PRESIDENT of the United States of America. Well that’s just too bad. You teabaggers keep going on and on about what America wants. YOU DON’T SPEAK FOR ALL OF US!!! Can’t you get that thru your NASCAR riddled, MULLET-covered brains???!!!

    • volinva

      Hey i know you. I saw you floating in the toilet before it was flushed.

  • Benjamin Dover

    It is Harry Reid and Senate democrats who are refusing to compromise.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    A default is only triggered if Hussein Obama’s regime chooses not to pay interest on the debt. Interest payments on the US Government’s debt are only about 10% of US government revenues.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Fear mongering is the primary tactic of today’s liberals and democrats: http://youtu.be/L9rTP6-57HE?t=16s

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