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McConnell's Campaign Says Bevin May Be Guilty of Misdemeanor

By Dan Weil   |   Friday, 25 Oct 2013 04:06 PM

The campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday that his primary opponent Matt Bevin may have committed a misdemeanor in his business dealings.

The accusation stems from a BuzzFeed story showing that Bevin neglected to report a tax lien when applying for a Connecticut state grant after his bell company's factory was destroyed in a fire.

McConnell’s campaign issued a summary of the situation Friday, saying that "under Connecticut law, Mr. Bevin may be guilty of a class A misdemeanor, which could result in up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine," The Hill reports.

In a conference call, McConnell's campaign included a Connecticut lawyer to get across the message that Bevin might have broken the law, according to the newspaper.

"Now, I am not a prosecutor, I am not a judge, and I am not a jury. But if I was Mr. Bevin’s attorney, I would be very concerned," said the lawyer Peter Martin, The Hill reports.

Bevin offered a blunt response to the McConnell camp's charges.

"Quite frankly this is a shameful display unbecoming of the senior senator from Kentucky, and his attempts to distract voters from his liberal record are beyond desperate," Bevin said in a statement, according to The Hill.

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