July 22, 2014

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Kentucky's conservative Tea Party groups challenge US Senator McConnell

By Scott Wartman

Many Kentucky tea party leaders anticipate someone among their ranks will step forward to challenge the state’s senior senator in the Republican Primary in 2014.

Several state tea party groups distanced themselves from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday and a statement signed by 14 groups, including four in Northern Kentucky, under the name United Kentucky Tea Party criticized McConnell’s recent overtures to the tea party movement.

In 2012, McConnell hired the former campaign manager of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Jesse Benton, to manage his campaign.