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Confirmation: Matthew Bevin considering GOP primary run against Sen. McConnell, asks for feedback


Matthew Bevin, second from right, with Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler, center.

(Editor’s note: Yesterday, Insider Louisville broke the story that Tea Party supporters and other conservative groups were urging Louisville-based investment manager Matthew Bevin to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell. We received this clarification late this afternoon from Amy Lowe.)

This following message is being sent on behalf of Matt Bevin.

This is in response to the recent coverage regarding a potential run by Matt for the Republican nomination in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat representing the state of Kentucky.

As a point of clarification, Matt has made no final decision with respect to this race.

He has, however, 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.

One thing is clear … Decades of fiscal mismanagement in Washington DC have undermined the potential for such a future.

Matt is currently in Ethiopia working on two projects.

One involving security at orphanages and one related to improving the quality of veterinary science in that country. He is then scheduled to speak at the YPO Global Leadership Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. As a result of this schedule, he will not be readily available for direct comment.

In the days ahead, he intends to continue listening to his fellow Kentuckians in order to better understand their concerns. In this way he will ultimately be able to make a fully informed decision about whether or not to enter this race.

Comments and feedback regarding this announcement can be sent to

Matt would love to hear from you.


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