Posted: 29 Oct 2013 03:47 PM PDT
By Sam Youngmansyoungman@herald-leader.comLouisville businessman Matt Bevin and the conservative fundraising groups backing his campaign dismissed as fantasy Tuesday a plan by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to make his race against Bevin a proxy war against the national groups. McConnell might try to run against the Senate Conservatives Fund, which announced a $330,000 television ad buy against McConnell Tuesday, but he’ll find it’s Bevin who is waiting to fight in the 2014 GOP Senate primary, said Bevin spokeswoman Sarah Durand. “They can say this race is about anything they want, but the truth of the matter is that this race is about Mitch McConnell’s terrible voting record and Kentucky Republicans who deserve better,” Durand said. Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, disputed that McConnell is genuinely interested in a war against his group or others like it. “This idea that McConnell’s attacks on Bevin are part of some triple bank shot strategy to hurt SCF or other conservative groups misses the real goal,” Hoskins said. “I’m sure McConnell would like to hurt our organization, he’s been very open about that, but his top goal is to hold on to power. He’s a very selfish person and he’s looking out for himself more than anything else.” A column in the Lexington Herald-Leader Tuesday revealed an effort by McConnell to make his primary battle against Bevin an end-all war against groups like the SCF, which McConnell’s allies accuse of cannibalizing the Republican Party for fundraising purposes.