The Madison Project http://wfpl.org en Conservative PAC's Radio Ad Echoes Matt Bevin Attacks on Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/conservative-pacs-radio-ad-echoes-matt-bevin-attacks-mitch-mcconnell <p>A conservative group is launching its first radio ad in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race criticizing Republican Senator Mitch McConnell for his voting record.</p><p>Led by former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun, the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/madison-project-pac-endorses-matt-bevin-senate">Madison Project endorsed McConnell’s GOP primary opponent Matt Bevin</a> last month, and is running what they say will be the first of many statewide ads against the incumbent.</p><p>It's a relatively small $30,000 ad buy, but the 60-second spot slams McConnell’s votes on immigration reform, Wall Street bailouts and the debt ceiling.</p><p>Listen:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CX1j8A5gjxI" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Daniel Horowitz is the policy director of The Madison Project. He says the Kentucky Senate race is about McConnell’s leadership and a larger debate about the GOP at-large.</p><p>"We want to have a long-form discussion both about McConnell’s record in Kentucky and also really a discussion over the future of the Republican Party. Is this going to be the party of Reagan, Cruz and DeMint or is this the party of Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell? And it’s about time we had this fight over the future of the party," he says.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:20:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6603 at http://wfpl.org Madison Project PAC Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate http://wfpl.org/post/madison-project-endorses-matt-bevin-senate <p>A national political action committee is backing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin over Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary election, saying the incumbent has refused to use his leadership position to fight for conservatives.</p><p>Based in Washington, D.C., the Madison Project describes itself as a PAC that supports small-government and anti-abortion candidates across the country.</p><p>The group previously supported Missouri Republican Jim Talent during his successful 2002 senate bid, and <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00298000">raised close to $2 million for political candidates</a> in last year's elections.</p><p>Bevin has already been endorsed by The United Kentucky Tea Party, a coalition of 14 different groups across the state. But this is a sign that Bevin is also getting national attention from organization's outside of the state.</p><p>Madison Project spokesman Daniel Horowtiz says the group is proud to endorse Bevin mainly because of his background as an entrepreneur. The group isn't sparring McConnell any criticism, however.</p><p>"After 28 years in the Senate and over 10 years in leadership, Senator Mitch McConnell has become the embodiment of stale moss-covered leadership. It's not just his votes for Democrat proposals, such open borders, bailouts, fiscal cliff tax hikes, debt limit increases, green energy stimulus, and funding for Obamacare, it is that fact that McConnell has refused to use his leadership role to fight for conservatives." he says.</p><p>Asked about the Madison Project's decisions to back Bevin, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton dismissed the group.</p><p>"Are they still around? I thought they were defunct," he says.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6277 at http://wfpl.org Madison Project PAC Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate