Senate Conservatives Fund http://wfpl.org en Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Matt Bevin http://wfpl.org/post/senate-conservatives-fund-endorses-matt-bevin <p>The Senate Conservatives Fund is endorsing Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin over incumbent Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary election.</p><p>The nod for the Tea Party backed challenger comes days after McConnell struck a deal with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to reopen the government and avoid default.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:18:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7256 at http://wfpl.org Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Matt Bevin Senate Conservatives Fund Ad Says Mitch McConnell is 'Doing Nothing' to Stop Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/senate-conservatives-fund-ad-says-mitch-mcconnell-doing-nothing-stop-obamacare <p>Saying Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is doing nothing to stop President Obama's health care law, a conservative group is making a hefty ad buy pressuring the GOP lawmaker to de-fund Obamacare.</p><p>Senate Conservatives Fund is <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/tea-party-group-to-air-tv-ad-attacking-mitch-mcconnell-on-obamacare-20130905">reportedly spending $340,000 on a new TV ad that criticizes McConnell's</a> leadership.</p><p>"McConnell is the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamcare. What good is a leader like that? It's nice that McConnell voted against Obamacare, but we need real leadership to stop it now," the ad says.</p><p>The new spot will begin airing Friday.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Sse7GiihP_8" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:56:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6729 at http://wfpl.org Senate Conservatives Fund Ad Says Mitch McConnell is 'Doing Nothing' to Stop Obamacare Listen: Conservative Group Says Mitch McConnell 'Refuses to Lead Fight' on Defunding Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/listen-conservative-group-says-mitch-mcconnell-refuses-lead-fight-defunding-obamacare <p>Another conservative group is launching a radio ad criticizing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, this time calling on the GOP leader to oppose all funding for Obamacare even in the face of a government shutdown.</p><p>The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending close to $50,000 for this statewide ad that will begin airing Tuesday.</p><p>In a 60-second spot, the group says Obamacare is unaffordable and unfair but that McConnell hasn't forcefully backed efforts to de-fund the law.</p><p>Besides the president's health care law the ad also takes a jab at a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/nosegate-puts-mcconnell-campaign-manager-jesse-benton-under-fire">controversy involving McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton</a> who was recorded saying he was "holding my nose" working for the senator.</p><p>"The Obamacare bill stinks, and holding your nose won't make it any better," the narrator says.</p><div style="width: 1px; height: 1px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: 10pt sans-serif; text-align: left; text-transform: none; overflow: hidden;"><p>Listen: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:01:47 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6617 at http://wfpl.org Listen: Conservative Group Says Mitch McConnell 'Refuses to Lead Fight' on Defunding Obamacare Mitch McConnell Receives Endorsement from Key Louisville Tea Partier http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-receives-endorsement-key-louisville-tea-partier <p>Tea Party activist and Louisville Councilwoman Marilyn Parker is endorsing Republican Senator Mitch McConnell days after complimenting his primary opponent.</p><p>The nod gives McConnell a key tea party figure, but it comes as the senator faces growing criticism from his political right on Obamacare as a prominent conservative PAC is pledging to run ads against him.</p><p>When asked Wednesday whom she was supporting in the GOP contest between McConnell and businessman Matt Bevin, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilwoman-tea-party-activist-says-matt-bevin-raising-good-questions">Parker told WFPL she was undecided</a> but praised the latter for bringing up good questions by entering the race.</p><p>In a surprising reversal Friday morning, however, Parker says she wanted to make sure voters knew she is backing McConnell for re-election.</p><p>"I have always supported Senator McConnell for U.S. Senate," Parker said in a statement. "Today I am issuing a formal endorsement to clear up any doubt about my support for Senator McConnell's conservative record, his leadership role in Washington representing Kentucky and our national interests, and his institutional knowledge for getting the right policies implemented."</p><p>Bevin is being supported by the United Kentucky Tea Party, which represents over a dozen groups across the state.</p><p>But the endorsement from Parker—along with the former vice president of the Louisville Tea Party—is a crafty chess move that gives Team Mitch a bit of breathing room as <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-president-warns-mcconnell-attack-ad-could-benefit-bevin">more rank-and-file activists openly criticize</a> his campaign. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:00:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6491 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Receives Endorsement from Key Louisville Tea Partier State GOP Lawmaker Compares Matt Bevin Candidacy to 'Don Quixote' Fantasy http://wfpl.org/post/state-gop-lawmaker-compares-matt-bevin-candidacy-don-quixote-fantasy <p>The entry of Louisville businessman Matt Bevin into the U.S. Senate race has Kentucky Republicans discussing who is the more conservative between the investor and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.</p><p>But one state GOP lawmaker is urging the party to remain loyal to McConnell for standing up to President Obama's agenda.</p><p>A coalition of Tea Party groups in the state are backing Bevin’s candidacy and outside groups have indicated they’re willing to do so as well.</p><p>The primary challenge to McConnell has gained national attention for an already high-profiled race.</p><p>McConnell's campaign have referred to Bevin as a "nuisance" and "con man" in the past week, and are <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/313433-mcconnell-campaign-calls-for-challengers-first-ad-to-be-taken-down">pressuring Kentucky TV stations to take down the challenger's first ad</a> for alleged federal election violations.</p><p>Observers say this is unchartered territory politically, but the early defense amongst McConnell's supporters is he remains the person who can best advocate for conservative values in Washington.</p><p>State Senator Damon Thayer is majority floor whip who represents parts of northern Kentucky, which is heavily Republican. He says McConnell is a conservative leader despite Tea Party criticisms, adding this primary contest won't split the GOP.</p><p>"I know what it's like to have a Tea Party primary. I had one last year, and I got 63 percent of the vote. And that's because a lot of Tea Party folks stuck with me because of my conservative values. And I think there will be a large number of Tea Party folks joining with mainstream Republicans to give Mitch a big victory in the primary," he says. "I’ve met Matt a couple times, he’s obviously successful and a nice guy. But he’s a rookie engaging in a Don Quixote-like episode of jousting at windmills that ultimately will prove unsuccessful for him."</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:01:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6239 at http://wfpl.org State GOP Lawmaker Compares Matt Bevin Candidacy to 'Don Quixote' Fantasy