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Grassroots: Keep Kentucky Red

May 1, 2014

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It’s very possible that Mitch McConnell is going to lose his office one way or the other. Either in the May 20 primary or the general election. Kentucky has “McConnell fatigue.”

McConnell’ unfavorable rating tops 61%. Barack Obama’s favorable rating in Kentucky is two points higher than McConnell’s. McConnell has a rock-bottom 32% favorable rating. When Obama is more popular than McConnell in his own home state, Mitch has big problems. He is not liked.

And, there are reasons for that. McConnell is an unworthy leader. He is a coward, bully and a hypocrite. Everything Matt Bevin is not. And, his tasteless attacks on Mr. Bevin’s daughters is just one more example. For Tea Party conservatives, the national ramifications for a McConnell defeat are huge. 

If there is one individual who represents the face of the moss-covered GOP establishment, it is Mitch McConnell. He serves as an emblem of insipid, rudderless leadership, with a vacant core. This man is convinced we serve him, not the other way around.

McConnell is not committed to one iota of a conservative agenda. He always makes sure he votes against the capitulations he himself, set into motion.  His betrayal to grassroots runs deep: 

  1. Caved to Obama and Harry Reid on the Debt ceiling
  2. Voted with Barbara Boxer to restrict gun sales
  3. Voted for “Amnesty” in 1986, 2000, and 2006
  4. Joined Harry Reid to fund Obamacare
  5. Recommended ‘Progressive’ judicial appointment

McConnell has been in office 30 years. His allegiance is to lobbyist, not Kentuckians. His ideology is power, not conservatism. McConnell has been named one of the Most Corrupt members of Congress four times by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, including in 2013. 

Beyond massive donations from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and other special interests, the Center for Responsive Politics reports McConnell shares the distinction of having donors in common with Democrats;  Notably, Senator’s Cory Booker, Mark Warner and Kay Hagan.

The list of Booker and McConnell crossover donors includes powerful names at Fortune 500 companies, like  Lawrence J. Salva, Senior VP of Comcast, William Lauder, Chairman of Estée Lauder Companies, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google. Special interest and K-street donors are bankrolling McConnell’s reelection.

In this rare footage from McConnell, the young Senator states he opposes term-limits – and defends lobbyist. These videos are 27 years old, but McConnell has not changed. He still opposes term-limits. A permanent lifetime placement in the House of Lords suits him fine.  And, OpenSecrets.org reports McConnell receive’s more money from lobbyists than any member of Congress.

Karl Rove-affiliated Super PACs are clogging the Commonwealth’s airwaves. Outside groups are also spending millions in advertisements supporting McConnell. Yet, McConnell’s approval ratings still remains at 32% and the Democrat opponent Grimes is tied or leads him in 10 of the last 10 general election polls.

McConnell is out of touch. In a state where college basketball is an organized religion, during the NCAA tournament matchup between intra-state arch-rivals Kentucky and Louisville, the McConnell campaign ran an ad featuring the championship celebration of …Duke. Georgians have Sherman, Kentuckians have Laettner. 

In a symbol of desperation to keep his seat, McConnell waved a flintlock musket above his head at CPAC trying to pretend that he was something that he wasn’t. McConnell doesn’t own a gun. And, in an interview with The New York Times, McConnell said “ we [GOP Establishment] are going to crush conservatives everywhere” in the 2014 mid-term…

Elevating the nasty intramural brawl to a new level, McConnell seeks to undermine and deny any Tea Party candidate a Senate victory in November. And, the NRSC has stated it will refuse to support conservative candidates against Democrats in the fall who beat the incumbent. Conservatives know the trick is to find more Ted Cruz’s and less obstructionist, especially in leadership.

McConnell has been very open in the past about his contempt for conservatives and his distaste for grassroots Tea Party members. When McConnell attacks FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, Madison Project – all groups supporting Bevin –  and the tea party, he is attacking you.

If McConnell had his way, Trey Grayson would be in the Senate instead of Rand Paul; Charlie Crist would be in the Senate instead of Marco Rubio, David Dewhurst would be in the Senate instead of Ted Cruz; Arlen Specter would be in the Senate instead of Pat Toomey; and Bob Bennett would be in the Senate instead of Mike Lee.

Sure. Republicans might win back the majority. Keep sending men like McConnell back to Washington, and you will continue to destroy your children’s future. What’s at stake in 2014? All 435 seats of US House. 33 seats in US Senate. 46 State Legislatures. 38 State/Territorial Governorships. Vote the same, expect the same. And, here is what to expect

McConnell ‘works across the aisle’ with the enemies of the Republic, while feigning loyalty to real Americans. He refuses to stand up for conservative principles. Are we going to be the party of Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz or of Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove? The Kentucky primary is May 20. 

There are two ways you can help get Matt Bevin elected. One is remote calling. Please sign up and help make calls. The other is to pay close attention to the Lexington Herald-Leader and Louisville Courier-Journal, the two flagship papers in the state. Leave pro-Bevin comments in the comment sections of articles regarding the race, on behalf of Matt Bevin

Giddy Up! 

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