LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The Louisville Tea Party President is stressing the organization has not endorsed a candidate in Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate race and that Sarah Durand resigned from her post as Louisville Tea Party president to accept a position with the Matt Bevin campaign.
In a news release Thursday night, Louisville Tea Party President Wendy Caswell takes issue with a story posted Wednesday morning on WHAS11.com which reported that Scott Reed had resigned his Louisville Tea Party post in a show of support for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
In WHAS11.com's original story, Durand was referred to as both the Louisville Tea Party President and as a spokeswoman for Bevin because WHAS11 had not been informed of Durand's resignation.
As of Thursday night after the news release, the Louisville Tea Party website still listed Durand as President with a photo of her.
However, after Durand confirmed the timeline Wednesday, WHAS11.com immediately edited the story to reflect she was the former president.
Caswell disputed that Reed was a "founding" board member of the Louisville Tea Party, as Reed had described himself in an interview with WHAS11.
“Both of those statements are false, and it is important to set the record straight,” Caswell said. “Sarah Durand resigned the first of July to pursue other goals. We now know that was to work for Bevin. She did not tell us at the time. Also, Scott Reed was not a founding member and did not join the movement until over a year after it started.”
Though WHAS11 never reported that the Louisville Tea Party had endorsed a candidate, Caswell claims otherwise, calling the WHAS11 story "inaccurate."
“I cannot stress this enough - the Louisville Tea Party has NOT endorsed anybody in the senate race at this time. While we are critical of Sen. McConnell on several issues, we are currently weighing all options on both sides of the field. As always, we will continue to extend a warm invitation to all candidates, Republican, Democrat or otherwise affiliated, to come to one of our socials and present their case before our members. And as always, we will allow our members to decide who we support.”
Caswell said the McConnell campaign had distributed the WHAS11.com report and she wanted to correct the record "because we know the McConnell campaign strives to maintain the highest levels of integrity."