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Conservative group leads effort to oust Mitch McConnell

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Senator Mitch McConnell (R,Ky) is facing a challenger sponsored by the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF). The conservative group is mobilizing the effort to unseat McConnell because of what the group perceives as his efforts "to fool conservatives" by pretending to be one of them, according to ABC News, Feb. 12, 2014.

The SCF is referring to McConnell's introduction of legislation that would limit the ability of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to enact rules and regulations that hinder the ways that SCF and related groups participate in political activities. The legislation, although favorable to the SCF, is viewed as a desperate attempt by McConnell to win favor among the members of SCF even though his political ideology is seen as being to the left of the SCF.

In an effort to unseat McConnell, the SCF has put up a candidate to oppose McConnell in his Senate race and has sponsored a commercial entitled "Bully," accusing McConnell of "bullying" conservatives. The candidate, Matt Bevin, is putting up $100,000 of his own money towards the internet based commercial. Bevin is an independently wealthy businessman in Kentucky and has Tea Party affiliations.

McConnell and Bevin will face each other in the primary election on May 20 and the victor will face Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D,Ky) in the general election.



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