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Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager: ‘I’m Sorta Holding My Nose For 2 Years’

By Aviva Shen on August 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

"Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager: ‘I’m Sorta Holding My Nose For 2 Years’"

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Jesse Benton

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the most unpopular senator in the country — and apparently, even his campaign manager is not too enthused to work with him.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com released a recording of McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton talking about his current job with Dennis Fusaro of Reformed Theological Seminary. Benton, who used to work for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), suggests he is only working on McConnell’s campaign to prepare for Rand Paul’s re-election campaign in 2016.

“Between you and me, I’m sorta holdin’ my nose for two years, cause what we’re doin’ here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand in 2016, so that’s the long vision,” he said.

Listen:

McConnell’s campaign has released a barrage of attack ads, including a bizarrely auto-tuned mash-up of his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and a selectively edited video comparing President Obama to Richard Nixon.

Update

Benton released the following statement insisting that he is honored to manage McConnell’s campaign: “It is truly sick that someone would record a private phone conversation I had out of kindness and use it to try to hurt me. I believe in Senator McConnell and am 100 percent committed to his re-election. Being selected to lead his campaign is one of the great honors of my life and I look forward to victory in November of 2014.”

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