Jesse Benton http://wfpl.org en 'Nosegate' Puts McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Under Fire http://wfpl.org/post/nosegate-puts-mcconnell-campaign-manager-jesse-benton-under-fire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mitch McConnell's 2014 campaign manager is under fire this week after a series of reports, including an alleged taped phone conversation that casts doubts on his commitment to Senate Republican leader.</span></p><p>The Economic Policy Journal has published a<a href="http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/08/mitch-mcconnell-campaign-manager-im.html"> telephone conversation between Dennis Fusaro,</a> a former aide to Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:42:52 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6398 at http://wfpl.org 'Nosegate' Puts McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Under Fire Mitch McConnell Campaign Focuses on IRS Scandal in New Web Ad http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-campaign-focuses-irs-scandal-new-web-ad <p>A new online advertisement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign focuses on the <a href="/term/irs">targeting of conservative groups by the IRS</a>—an issue the campaign says it's not going to let slip out of the public discourse.</p><p>The nearly three minute ad uses speeches from McConnell on the IRS issue before it became a national controversy, as well as media reports and testimony from IRS officials to Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>It also includes a sound bite from former President Richard Nixon speaking in an interview he did on the Watergate scandal during his term as president—a comparison between Nixon and President Barack Obama.</p><p>In an interview, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton says that &nbsp;neither the senator nor his campaign will allow the IRS targeting to stray too far away from the 24/7 news cycle nationally or in Kentucky.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is very important, that we get answers, that we get to the very bottom of this," Benton says. "And we set a very clear example and clear standard that people of various political backgrounds and stripes can come together and say "we're never going to accept this ever again."</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 17:37:49 +0000 Kenny Colston 5582 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Campaign Focuses on IRS Scandal in New Web Ad Noise and Notes: The Man Behind Team Mitch http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-man-behind-team-mitch <p><iframe src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79592188&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=aaaa99" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For Tea Party strategist Jesse Benton, politics and family are one in the same.</p><p>The grandson of former Congressman Ron Paul and nephew of Senator Rand Paul, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-recruits-tea-party-campaign-manager-re-election-bid">Benton was hired to run the re-election of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell</a> last fall.</p><p>Three years ago, Benton worked on his uncle's successful Senate bid that included a primary victory over a McConnell-backed GOP candidate.</p><p>It was a shrewd move on Team Mitch's part to blunt vocal criticism from the Tea Party.</p><p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-suspects-challenge-will-come-right">Like his boss</a>, Benton acknowledges the campaign still has Tea Party critics, however, he doesn't expect a credible primary challenger will arise.</p><p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:40:54 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4047 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: The Man Behind Team Mitch