Bell Maker Likely to Challenge McConnell in Primary

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 10:03 AM

By Cyrus Afzali

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to face a 2014 primary challenge from a Connecticut businessman with Kentucky roots, state tea party leaders are predicting.

Sarah Duran, president of the Louisville Tea Party, said Matt Bevin had spoken to her several times to discuss a potential primary run, The Hill reports.

Duran said other tea party groups had encouraged Bevin to run, including some who had been supportive of McConnell in the past.

Bevin owns Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a 160-year-old bell maker, based in East Hampton, Conn. The company’s foundry was destroyed by fire last year, but Bevin managed to keep it going during rebuilding.

He has also served as chief executive of Integrity Asset Management, an investment management firm with offices in Kentucky.

Bevin is estimated to have more than $7 million in cash on hand for a potential run and is also actively fundraising for a potential 2014 race.

The prospect of a Republican primary challenge is also complicated by the fact that some Democratic groups, including Progress Kentucky, have indicated a willingness to help a tea party candidate win a primary challenge. Democrats have been encouraged by a recent survey from Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling that showed McConnell to be the least popular senator in the country. The poll put potential Democratic challenger, actress Ashley Judd, at only nine points behind.

McConnell, who came to the senate in 1985 and has served as the minority leader since 2007, is currently the ninth most senior senator and the fourth most senior Republican.

Shawn Reilly, executive director of Progress Kentucky, said his group has not spoken to Bevin, but is willing to support a candidate in the race.

Duran predicts Bevin could make “a very formidable candidate.”

“I think that he would have a great chance of possibly beating McConnell in the primary. He knows that we like him and we think he’s great,” she said.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Columbus Mayor to Democrats: Have Convention Here or Lose

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 11:55 AM

The mayor of Columbus, Ohio, has warned that Democrats could lose the battleground state and the presidential election t . . .

Late GOP Runoff Dates Giving Democrats Time to Raise Money

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 11:26 AM

Democratic candidates are taking advantage of Republicans' late runoff dates in this election cycle's primary process to . . .

Coal Group Slams Grimes Ad Attacking McConnell on Jobs

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 11:24 AM

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has been blasted by the Kentucky Coal Association over a TV ad blaming Senate Minority  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved