Sen. Mitch McConnell Builds Bridges to Tea Party

Sep 13, 2012

Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has reached into the upper echelons of the Tea Party movement for a campaign manager to head his bid for re-election in 2014.

McConnell says he's hired Jesse Benton to oversee a campaign that's still two years away and is still lacking an opponent. Benton most recently led the Republican presidential race of Texas congressman Ron Paul, whom many consider the founder of the Tea Party movement.

Benton also head the successful 2010 race of Paul's son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The Bowling Green eye doctor rose from relative obscurity to win that race over major candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties.