Louisville businessman 'listening' to tea party, mulling race vs McConnell

Louisville businessman 'listening' to tea party, mulling race vs McConnell

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Louisville businessman 'listening' to tea party, mulling race vs McConnell

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Louisville businessman Matt Bevin tells WHAS11 that he is considering entering the U.S. Senate race against five-term incumbent Mitch McConnell, but disputes a report that he is "reaching out" to tea party groups.

Instead, Bevin told WHAS11's Joe Arnold on Monday night that he was approached by tea party supporters and is merely "listening" to them as he mulls entering the race.

In a brief interview, Bevin expressed frustration with a lack of cooperation on Capitol Hill and between different factions of the Republican Party.  He told WHAS11 he would be unavailable for comment for at least the rest of this week.

Bevin pointed out several mistakes in The Hill report on Monday which referred to McConnell as the Senate Majority Leader (he is Minority Leader) and quoted Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Duran, whose last name is Durand.

According to The Hill, Durand said Bevin has been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race.

"We met with him to just discuss our feelings about the Senator, our feelings about someone running against him, what the challenges would be, the risks involved," Durand is quoted.

Bevin, the former CEO of Integrity Asset Management, an investment management firm, owns a bell-making company in Connecticut.

He is an Outside Director of AcademicMerit, a Portland, Maine developer of reading and writing instructional programs for grades 6-12. 

The AcademicMerit website provides this Bevin biography:

With more than 20 years of experience in management, investment consulting, and marketing, Matt brings both expertise and enthusiasm to AcademicMerit’s board. Most recently, as Chief Executive and Principal of Integrity Asset Management, an investment-advisory firm with over $3.7 billion under management, Matt was responsible for the planning and direction of the company’s policies, objectives, and initiatives. He is a former United States Army officer and a graduate of Washington & Lee University, and has pursued a number of off-the-beaten-path ventures, including skydiving, bungee jumping, teaching English in Japan, riding his bicycle across the United States and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

 

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