(WHAS11) – The Republican businessman challenging Senator Mitch McConnell in next year’s U.S. Senate race has picked up a big endorsement over the Senate minority leader.
The Madison Project, a national conservative political action committee that aides in electing candidates, has endorsed Matt Bevin, who launched his campaign last week.
In a statement, the Chairman of the Madison Project says “the only way to change the lackluster leadership in the Republican Party is to replace the career politicians who lead the party.
Meanwhile, Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will officially kick-off her Senate campaign tomorrow.
Madison Project PAC Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate in Kentucky
Madison Project Chairman Jim Ryun: “The only way to change the lackluster leadership in the
Republican Party is to replace the career politicians who lead the party. Matt Bevin is brave
enough to storm the castle of the GOP Establishment and challenge the sitting minority leader,
and we are proud to stand with him and millions of conservatives who feel disenfranchised by
unprincipled GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell.”
Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC announced today that it is endorsing Louisville
businessman Matt Bevin for Senate against Senator Mitch McConnell in next year’s Republican
primary for Senate.
“Earlier this year, Senator Rand Paul illustrated the problem with the GOP establishment by
noting that they have grown stale and moss-covered,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison
Project. “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. On so many major legislative battles that are important
to conservatives, McConnell has refused to fight and remained ambiguous about his own
position until he felt a clear signal from his political weather vane. His behavior during the
amnesty fight is a consummate example of McConnell following from behind instead of leading
from the front.”
“Moreover, there is widespread fear among conservatives in the state that McConnell will lose
the seat in the general election. It is an embarrassment that in a state Romney carried by 23
points with 116 of 120 counties, McConnell needs to run another $20 million scorched-earth
campaign to eke out a narrow victory. With control of the Senate at stake, there is no reason we
should waste tens of millions bailing out a failed unprincipled senator. Mitch McConnell should
heed the advice he gave to Jim Bunning in 2009 and put the best interests of the party and
conservatives ahead of his waning career.”
“We are proud to endorse Matt Bevin, a bold change in the direction of principled conservatism,
said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Matt has lived the American Dream, coming from
virtually nothing to grow businesses and create jobs. As a family man, philanthropist, and
successful entrepreneur, Bevin is the antithesis of a career politician. He won’t need to put his
finger in the wind to gauge the political winds in order to fight for his conservative beliefs. He
understands that Washington corrupts even the best of people. That’s why he has pledged to
serve no longer than two terms. Bevin is not only committed to voting with conservatives, he
will give voice to conservatives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by leading the charge for
limited government along with other leaders in the Senate like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike
The official endorsement can be viewed here.
The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have
demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be
found at http://madisonproject.com/