FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin has hired one of Sen. Rand Paul's staffers to join his campaign team in his upset bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Bevin says Bernie Kunkel will serve as his campaign field director in the 4th Congressional District in northern Kentucky.
Kunkel had served as Paul's field representative in the same region.
Kunkel says he joined the Bevin campaign because the Louisville businessman is "the best man" in the Senate race and that it's "time for a change."
Bevin campaign spokeswoman Rachel Semmel says Kunkel joined the campaign over the weekend.
Paul, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, has endorsed McConnell for his re-election bid but has called Bevin "a good, honest, Christian man."
McConnell is seeking a sixth term.