Jed Lewison: McConnell campaign manager on working for Mitch: 'I'm sorta holding my nose for [the next] two years': Noted for August 8, 2013
This is pretty funny:
What does Mitch McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton really think about working for the Mitch McConnell re-election campaign? EconomicPolicyJournal.com has obtained a recording of a phone conversation between Dennis Fusaro and Mitch McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.
And what does Benton, who managed Rand Paul's 2010 campaign, say?
Between you an me, I'm sorta holdin' my nose for two years. What we're doing here is going to be a big benefit to Rand in '16.
The backstory here is that Benton, who in addition to being Rand Paul's political guru is also Ron Paul's grandson-in-law and managed Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, now faces questions about whether he played a role in a payola scheme to boost support for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign. On the call, he denied knowledge of the scheme and asked Fusaro to send him evidence of it. But the most interesting part of the call is certainly Benton's disparaging assessment of working for Senate Minority Leader McConnell. When Benton signed up to manage McConnell's reelection campaign, it was widely seen as an effort to insulate McConnell from a tea party challenge as well as a move by Rand Paul to suck up to the GOP establishment ahead of his 2016 presidential campaign. And at least according to this audio tape, that's exactly what it is—unless Benton meant Rand's 2016 Senate race, which is highly doubtful.