McConnell Web Ad Labels Bevin An ‘East Coast Con Man’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) reelection campaign on Thursday released another biting attack ad against his wealthy primary challenger, Tea Party-backed Matt Bevin.

The web ad dubs Bevin as an “east coast con man,” a reference to the $200,000 federal grant Bevin received to rebuild a factory he owned that was ravaged by a fire in Connecticut.

Portraying Bevin as an anti-conservative, government leecher seems to be the McConnell camp’s strategy in these nascent days. When McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, learned the minority leader would have a GOP challenger this week, he said that Bevin is “not a Kentucky conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man,” according to Politico.

McConnell’s campaign also released a television spot Wednesday calling the businessman “Bailout Bevin.”

Bevin may be the underdog in this race against a well-funded incumbent, but he could attract some high profile support. The conservative Club for Growth PAC released a statement Wednesday indicating their interest in his campaign and how he and McConnell differ on various issues.

 

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