The Chatter (McConnell vs. Bevin edition): Campaigns aren't waiting for bell to ring before taking swings

07/23/2013 01:09 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and expected tea party candidate Matt Bevin are already taking jabs at each other even before Bevin officially announces his candidacy Wednesday.

The McConnell campaign already is gearing up to dent the credibility of the tea party challenger, which McConnell’s campaign manager said wont be difficult, according to an article in the Hill .

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton, who has tea party roots himself, told the Hill that McConnell will have no problem taking on challenges from both sides of the aisle.

“We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Benton told Hill reporter Alexandra Jaffe. “We can deal with this nuisance while keeping an eye on the bigger picture.”

And the “welcome wagon” prepared for Bevin, as Benton called it in the article, did not even wait for an official announcement that Bevin will take on McConnell.

Breitbart reported Tuesday that Bevin is an alleged tax delinquent with some problems in past business dealings that could be fodder in a campaign. The post didn’t include a response from Bevin.

Bevin hits back

But Bevin isn’t waiting to start the campaign either, claiming McConnell can’t win an election without the “lies that come with his character assassinations.”

Those comments came in a press release sent out by Bevin’s campaign manager with a list of past newspaper editorials regarding McConnell’s campaign style.

“Kentuckians deserve a conservative Leader in the senate instead of one who slings mud and misleads the public,” Bevin said in the release. “It’s sad really that a 30 year senator can’t run on his record, but has to lie about mine.”

Bevin is set to announce his candidacy as a primary challenger to McConnell on Wednesday with a fly-around beginning in Frankfort at 10 a.m., then 12:30 at the Campbell County Courthouse.

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