Politico: Louisville investment manager Matthew Bevin running against Sen. Mitch McConnell
We had the scoop back in February that conservative Louisville-based investment manager Matthew Bevin was seriously pondering a run against Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Well, Bevin is running, or at least that’s the take at Huffington Post. And it must be true because HuffPo is citing Politico, which reportedly has a source inside Kentucky’s Tea Party (cough … David Adams … cough) which recruited Bevin.
And get used to it, friends … all breaking news is essentially crowd sourced. So who needs CNN, right?
Politico reports Bevin’s nascent campaign has booked radio advertising in Kentucky.
Shockingly, the race already has turned nasty. (Lost in the Curtis Morrison embroglio is that Tea Party and the lefties of Progress Kentucky were united in recruiting candidates against McConnell. Seriously bad blood.)
In a statement, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton savaged Bevin and dismissed his campaign as a minor irritant.
“Matthew Griswold Bevin is not a Kentucky Conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man. While it is sad to see someone who claims to be a Republican doing Barack Obama’s bidding, his campaign is nothing more than a nuisance,” Benton said.
Bevin adviser Sarah Durand fired back in an email: “Matt Bevin will shortly be making an announcement about his political future. It is unfortunate that Mud Slinging Mitch is already up to his old tricks of attack and mislead. Kentucky voters deserve better.”
We have an email interview request into Bevin consultant Amy Lowe.
This is from a long email Lowe sent us back in February:
(Bevin) has … met in recent weeks with various individuals and groups who have expressed their frustration with their current representation in Washington, D.C. and have encouraged him to consider entering the race.
Theses meetings, together with the recent reaction to the possibility of a primary race, have served to reaffirm the general sense of political disenchantment among many voters in Kentucky that has been widely reflected in recent articles and polls.
As a married father of nine, active businessman and long time resident, Matt, like many Kentuckians, wants to ensure that his children’s futures are as bright as his were as a boy.
To that end, he has always been open to listening to a wide range of ideas for charting a better path forward. That is what he is doing at this time.
We took that then as a confirmation Bevin was running.
As we told you back then, Bevin had been CEO and principal partner at Integrity Asset Management. IAM was sold to Munder Capital Management based in Birmingham, Mich. in 2010.
Bevin now runs Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, the 160-year-old East Hampton, Conn. company which made the national news when he reopened his families historic bell making company after a catastrophic fire.
(We’re thinking this is the business that inspired Jesse Benton to call Bevin an “East Coast con-man. Wonder if Bevin was ready for such a nuanced and respectful parsing of political philosophies?)
Bevin, as we told you, 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, aka Mrs. Sen. McConnell.
Bevins also is a well spoken, polished businessman who has as much money – maybe more – than Sen. McConnell. He has serious overseas experience through missions. He’s very close to Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler, who influences a key voting block.
If you want to contact Bevin’s team, here’s their email: email@example.com.
We predict this is the race that keeps the McConnell team up at night ….
This is going to be fun!