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McConnell aide ‘holding my nose’

By Laurie Bennett

August 9, 2013 at 6:22am

Sen. Mitch McConnell is experiencing the pros and cons of relying on the Ron Paul family network.

His campaign manager, Jesse Benton, rushed to reaffirm his support for the senator’s re-election after a recorded phone call indicated otherwise.

“Between you and me, I’m sort of holding my nose for two years because what we’re doing here is going to be a big benefit to Rand in ‘16, so that’s my long vision,” Benton told another Republican operative in the Jan. 9, 2013, call.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com published an audio clip of the phone call on Thursday.

Benton then issued a statement saying, “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.”

Benton, who managed Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign and was political director of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, is married to Valori Pyeatt, Ron Paul’s granddaughter.

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