Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday ratcheted up the tension in an increasingly visible cold war between the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Senate Conservatives Fund, which has relentlessly hammered McConnell as a fake conservative.
McConnell said he was "prepared to be specific about" the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), which has "elected more Democrats than the Democratic Senatorial [Campaign] Committee over the last three cycles," he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
"Right now they're on the air in obvious coordination with Harry Reid's super PAC -- Harry Reid's! -- in the same markets, at roughly the same amount, at the same time," McConnell added.
McConnell's beef with the Senate Conservatives Fund is both personal and general. The group has endorsed McConnell primary challenger Matt Bevin. The feud between SCF and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) -- which amplifies a war between the tea party conservatives and more mainstream Republican base -- has become increasingly public in the last few weeks as attention is shifting to the 2014 primary season. The Senate Conservatives Fund backed four Senate primary challengers and one running for the house House so far this cycle. It plans to deploy endorsements in more Senate races soon.
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