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Matthew Bevin opening GOP primary run against Sen. McConnell with 3-day, 8-stop barnstorming tour


Matthew Bevin

Matthew Bevin doing something he’ll be doing a lot more of, talking with the media.

There’s a new kid in town.

All signs point to Louisville-based businessman Matthew Bevin announcing he’ll run against Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary.

First, Bevin’s campaign staff sent out a media alert announcing the (presumed) candidate will make three announcements Wednesday – one at the State Capitol building in Frankfort; one in Newport outside Cincinnati, a conservative stronghold long loyal to McConnell; and one in Louisville, which could be up for grabs.

The second surefire sign that all systems are go is that his media crew is offering a “mult box,” the multi-plug audio equipment TV crews need.

The final sign is the fact the media alert flat out states that Bevin will hit the campaign trail. (So much for building excitement on a dreary, rainy Monday morning.)

Here’s the advisory in full:

Matt Bevin To Make Announcement on the 2014 U.S. Senate Race

Frankfort – Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., Matt Bevin will announce his intentions in Kentucky’s 2014 United States Senate race. This will be the kick-off of a 3-day event with eight campaign stops across the state.

What: Matt Bevin U.S. Senate announcement

When: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Kentucky State Capitol

700 Capitol Ave. Loop

Frankfort, KY 40601

Other Wednesday, July 24 events times and locations are as follows:

What: Newport Event: Matt Bevin U.S. Senate announcement

When: July 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Campbell County Fiscal Court

1098 Monmouth St.

Newport, KY 41071

What: Louisville Event: Matt Bevin U.S. Senate announcement

When: July 24, 2013, 3:00 p.m

Where: American Legion Post 229 (Iroquois)

800 W. Woodlawn Ave.

Louisville, KY 40215

Bevin has solid conservative credential starting with five children, who he apparently took on a drive across America. In February. From his LinkedIn bio back in February:

“currently traveling the country in a Sprinter van with my wonderful wife and five children as we experience first hand the people, industries, historical locations and geographic wonders that make the United States of America the greatest nation on earth….”

He also is a major Republican Party contributor, giving $9,000 to the Kentucky Republican Party at the end of 2012, according to the Federal Election Commission.

That made him the fourth largest state GOP contributor behind insurance executives William and Donna Shively of Lexington, McCauley Brown and Eileen Cook Brown of Prospect and Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife.

Bevin currently is a partner at Waycross Partners, a Louisville-based long/short fund catering to Reg D investors. He was the founder and former CEO of Integrity Asset Management, which sold to Munder Capital Management in 2010.


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