The Chatter: Potential McConnell challenger faces question; Jeb Bush in Ky.; And Rand Paul like Taft?

03/18/2013 08:10 AM

A prospective Republican primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is getting dinged in the national press for apparently stretching the truth on his resume.

Matt Bevin is an investor and former owner of Integrity Asset Manager. But as The Hill reported Monday , Bevin had listed on his resume that he attended a program affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but MIT is denying it had anything to do with that program.

Bevin has had talks with some tea party organizers in Louisville about potentially taking on McConnell in a GOP primary.

Jeb Bush in Northern Kentucky

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush offered his praise of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul while Bush was in Northern Kentucky for a book signing, as Scott Wartman of the Northern Kentucky Enquirer reported.

Bush told Wartman that Paul adds a needed voice to the GOP:

“I campaigned for him when he was running,” Bush said. “I think in the Republican Party, it’s fine to have many voices, not all of which concur. We don’t have to have an orthodoxy that everybody agrees on everything. A vibrant party has views that have a range, and we should be getting more people involved rather than less.”

Not his father’s Paul

And Salon political reporter Steve Kornacki wrote Monday that Paul’s filibuster and performance at the Conservative Political Action Conference shows that he’s not his father’s type of candidate.

Instead, Kornacki wrote that the younger Paul is more like Robert Taft, the son of William Howard Taft:

Taft favored a libertarian brand of conservatism, one that prioritized individual liberty and was deeply suspicious of big government, big business, and international adventurism. He was one of the New Deal’s leading critics in the Senate, opposed U.S. involvement in World War II, and spearheaded the Taft-Hartley Act, which checked the power of organized labor. His style was hardly populist, but he appealed to a burgeoning army of grassroots individualists and was among the first to see the South as natural turf for conservative Republicanism.


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