Bevin says McConnell backers tried to pursuade him not to run with 'iron fists' and 'velvet gloves'

07/24/2013 07:16 PM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin told reporters at his announcement Wednesday that he was approached by people with “iron fists” and “velvet gloves” urging him not challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Bevin confirmed that he was involved in

“The specifics of who made what call and what was offered doesn’t matter,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is, if I was expected to be flattered or threatened, it was utterly ineffective.”

He also said he’s confident he can raise enough money to be competitive and confirmed that he is putting some of his personal funds into the race, although he declined to say how much until the the 3rd Quarter fundraising reports are released in October.

“I will tell you this: you will find from the get-go that this is going to be a credible campaign. Mitch McConnell loves the idea that this would be a nuisance. This is going to be the biggest nuisance he has ever seen,” he said.

He also fired back at an ad McConnell’s campaign began airing Wednesday accusing Bevin of being a “tax delinquent.”

Bevin said it’s not true, that McConnell should do a better job of doing his homework and that he wasn’t surprised by “mudslinging Mitch.”


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