Congressman Thomas Massie says he'll avoid backing McConnell or Bevin in GOP Senate primary

08/20/2013 02:42 PM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, says he is not taking sides in the primary battle of the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

Unlike Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Massie said Monday that he is staying out of the primary race between Kentucky’s Senior Senator Mitch McConnell and tea party challenger Matt Bevin.

Before talking with Pure Politics about the race, Massie addressed the Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County in Northern Kentucky where he reiterated his support for term limits.

Bevin, who has tried to position himself as the tea party alternative to McConnell, has been invoking Massie’s name. He has used Massie as an example in press releases of conservatives who want to de-fund the Affordable Care Act in his argument that McConnell is not doing enough to stop Obamacare. From Bevin’s press release:

Last week, McConnell claimed he’d defund Obamacare if he could (, 08/13/13). Yet, he’s refused to join Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and House conservatives like Thomas Massie in pledging to defund the takeover of America’s health care system.

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