LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In the first of what it says will be a series of "On the Ground" profiles of the candidates in 2014's hottest elections, Politico profiles GOP challenger Matt Bevin in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.
It comes after another conservative political action committee, FreedomWorks, announced their endorsement of Bevin on Wednesday. The Senate Conservatives Fund and The Madison Project are also backing Bevin.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign said FreedomWorks has veered from its roots of conservative reform to "conservative cannibalism.”
Bevin, a Louisville investment manager, tells Politico's James Hohmann that Kentucky Republicans had wanted him to challenge Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth.
“They’ve been trying forever to get me to run,” Bevin is quoted, “but as soon as you dare to run against them, then suddenly you’re persona non grata.”
Bevin also complains about intimidation tactics by the McConnell campaign, such as "trackers," who videotape his every move and conversation on the campaign trail.
“I’ve had people who’ve said, ‘You can use our donor list’ or ‘I’ll come on with the campaign,’” Bevin told Hohmann during a recent daylong campaign excursion around Louisville. “Then all of a sudden they change their minds.”
McConnell has consistently stated his confidence that he will be the Republican nominee and declined to weigh in on Bevin's challenge for the article.
Josh Holmes, a senior adviser to McConnell's campaign commented on the Politico article on his Twitter account, predicting Bevin's words may come back to haunt him.
@holmesjosh: File this: “There’s literally nothing in my life that, if it were on the front page of a newspaper, would bother me,” Bevin said.
Holmes linked to a YouTube clip the McConnell campaign has distributed which undermines Bevin's claim as the "constitutional" candidate in the race. When pressed at a forum to discuss Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, Bevin instead cites the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
Holmes also questioned why the long shot candidacy is getting so much attention.
@holmesjosh: Query: Is the unprecedented mainstream media coverage of a guy down 30pts b/c they want a conservative or it hurts a conservative?