Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014.
This development ends any speculation that Paul might back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader, the Daily Caller notes in reporting the news.
“Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager said. Benton has worked for both Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and is credited by insiders with brokering Paul’s support for McConnell, according to the Daily Caller.
Is this an indication that a strong, viable conservative candidate capable of defeating McConnell is not there? As early as it is, Paul’s endorsement is sure to make such a challenge all the more difficult as it will split grassroots support.
It will be interesting to see how Libertarians accept this embrace of McConnell, as Sen. Paul’s epic filibuster earlier this month resulted in many coming back into the fold after being disappointed by Paul’s vote for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) back in December.
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