Super PAC that helped Thomas Massie to victory now targets Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton really really really wants people to think that the Tea Party and Liberty crowd in Kentucky loves him, and he’ll easily cruise to the general election in 2014 without a challenge. Obviously, Tea Party groups in Kentucky have another idea.

But the counter argument to the claim that those Tea Party groups can find a viable primary challenger is that they won’t be able to find a candidate to raise enough money to compete if Rand Paul isn’t in their corner, which he likely won’t be.

And that’s where Preston Bates — who teamed up with the 21-year old millionaire John Ramsey, who spent $700,000 of his inheritance, to elect underdog (and now congressman) Thomas Massie in the 2012 4th District GOP primary — now comes into the picture.

The young Ron Paul-brand libertarian fired off a press release from his Liberty For All Super PAC, in response to the one earlier from the United Kentucky Tea Party, piling onto Mitch McConnell by calling him “a poster-boy for everything that’s wrong with politics.”

Here’s the press release:

Independent, Libertarian-leaning PAC Welcomes McConnell Conversation

The United Kentucky Tea Party statement regarding Mitch McConnell prompted response from Liberty For All Super PAC’s executive director, Preston Bates, a group that spent almost $700,000 electing an independent, libertarian, Republican – Thomas Massie — in May 2012.

On a Primary Challenge

“Mitch McConnell can’t afford a conversation with primary voters on his record, so his only prayer is an Ashley Judd candidacy so he can side-step the primary.”

Is Mitch Tea Party?

“Mitch McConnell is a poster-boy for everything that’s wrong with politics: a career politician who’s made tens of millions while Kentucky families suffer. He’s raised the debt ceiling, called TARP a success, and is fresh of raising taxes on Kentucky’s families. Simply put, he’s anything but a tea partier.”

Bottom Line

“Mitch McConnell is that special politician who could unite libertarians, independents, anti-war Democrats, everyone: those who believe Kentucky can do better vs. those who benefit from the crony capitalism that has made McConnell tens of millions.”


“Should the right candidate emerge—be they Republican, Democrat, or Independent— Liberty For All will remain committed to electing those dedicated to more civil liberties, more economic freedom, and freeing America from corporate influence.”

Still not worried, Jesse?

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