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September 13, 2012


McConnell Hires Tea Party Strategist to Run Campaign

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "reached into the upper echelons of the tea party movement for a campaign manager to head his bid for re-election to a sixth term," the AP reports.

McConnell announced "that he hired Jesse Benton -- the tea party political operative who headed Texas Congressman Ron Paul's presidential primary race -- to oversee a campaign that's still two years away and still lacking an opponent."

Alex Burns: "McConnell already had a robust political operation before bringing Benton on board -- his chief of staff, Josh Holmes, is a first-rate national campaign strategist -- so it's not hard to see this as a move to coopt a force on the right that's proven dangerous to the establishment GOP in Kentucky."












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