As the campaign manager for both Ron Paul and Rand Paul, Jesse Benton helped the father & son Liberty Duo take on the establishment GOP that drove their country into debt, bogged them down into unnecessary wars, and bailed out the largest of banks.
And starting today, Benton will help elect the Republican senator most responsible for driving America into debt, bogging it down in wars, and bailing out the largest of banks: Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Let the political shotgun marriage continue.
From the Herald Leader:
“We’re committed to running a presidential-level campaign in Kentucky, and that starts with a presidential campaign manager,” McConnell said in a statement. “Jesse is literally the best in the business at building and organizing conservative grassroots movements, and I’m thrilled he’s chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign.”
“This was a brilliant hire by Sen. McConnell,” said Mike Duncan, a Kentucky banker and former chairman of the Republican National Committee. “Jesse Benton is a guy who unifies conservatives across the political spectrum to fight for common goals, which is precisely what Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have been working together to do.”
Rand Paul said McConnell has earned tea party support, especially by leading opposition to the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare reform law that most Republicans have bitterly opposed.
“That’s been one of the key planks and one of the things that the tea party has been most riled up about, Obamacare,” Rand Paul said. “I think there are a lot of things the tea party, if they don’t already know about, will learn that will draw them toward Sen. McConnell.”
Easy there, Rand. Don’t assume your followers will so easily sell out and join forces with the man who represents everything they are against in the Republican Party. Not everyone in Kentucky is as career-driven and hypocritical as you.
Then again, that is the big question here: Is there a real Tea Party movement still alive in Kentucky, or just a bunch of Rand Paul fans who do whatever he says? I don’t know the answer to that, but we’ll likely know the answer by this time next year.
Meanwhile… future Democratic challengers lick their chops at the chance to easily tie Mitch McConnell to the Tea Party, a group that will be about as popular in 2014 as Color Me Badd.