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February 14, 2016

Republican Senators Silent on McConnell Support

Two Republican senators who had received financial support in their election campaigns from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were silent yesterday when given a chance to endorse McConnell for his 2014 re-election.

NBC News reported Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, were silent when asked whether they would endorse McConnell over his tea party opponent, Matt Bevin.

McConnell’s PAC, Bluegrass Committee, had given financial support to two of those three senators. The PAC gave Cruz $5,000 in August 2012 and gave another $5,000 in September 2012. McConnell’s PAC gave $10,000 to then candidate Johnson in June 2010. Johnson also received $42,600 from the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2010. McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee did not give to Lee.

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  • bpai99

    “If you want a friend in politics, get a dog.” – Harry Truman

  • refriedbean

    They’re turning on each other. It’s the beginning of the end.

  • Jazzboy1

    McConnell supported the reelection bid of longtime Sen. Bennett from Utah who lost to Lee (at a convention controlled by far right wing extremists). Now let’s see which TEA Senators publicly announce for Bevin or if they will be supportive but silent – McConnell is known to be vindictive.

  • lyris

    This doesn’t look good for the turtle.

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