Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


October 30, 2013

Like it or not, Mitch is a political survivor

Oct. 30, 2013 — We often have disagreed with Kentucky’s senior senator but we have never failed to give him credit for finding high profile solutions that cast him in the best light.

He’s also incredibly adept at finding legal ways to raise enough money to win statewide elections as he has demonstrated five times.

Mitch McConnell wants desperately to be the first Kentuckian since Alben Barkley to be majority leader of the United States Senate.

To accomplish that goal, he must win another six-year term and the Republicans must gain control of the Senate.

In our view, McConnell is proud to have become the common enemy of the Democratic Party at the national level.

He is the No. 1 target in the 2014 Senate elections and the White House and the Democratic National Committee want to send him into retirement.

Kentucky Democrats believe they will have their best chance ever to defeat McConnell in 2014.

He has a primary opponent who could be troublesome, especially with the Tea Party and other conservatives in the GOP. At this point, Mitch seems to be ignoring him.

One national conservative group has endorsed that challenger, Matt Bevin, in the Republican primary next May.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the leading Democratic candidate, recently raised $2.5 million and her campaign staff was quick to note that McConnell only raised $2.2 million in the same three-month period.

What they didn’t want to acknowledge is that McConnell has raised about $17 million in the last two years and still has about $10 million in cash in his campaign coffers.

McConnell has shown time and time again that he can raise as much money as it takes to win.

Some political observers predict that spending in the Senate race in Kentucky next year could top $50 million.

Depending on what happens in the Shaun McCutcheon case now before the U. S. Supreme Court, that figure could go even higher if campaign giving limits are thrown out.

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