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McConnell’s primary opponent snags high profile conservative endorsement

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On the heels of the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate, Republican Matt Bevin’s challenge to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., got a boost on Friday when he was endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Saying it’s time to replace McConnell, and his liberal record, with a “true conservative,” Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, released the following statement:

“Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country. He is not afraid to stand up to the establishment and he will do what it takes to stop Obamacare. We know that winning this primary won’t be easy. Mitch McConnell has the support of the entire Washington establishment and he will do anything to hold on to power. But if people in Kentucky and all across the country rise up and demand something better, we’re confident Matt Bevin can win this race.”

The website says that McConnell is “unpopular with independent voters and is already polling behind the Democratic candidate.” There is fear that McConnell could cost the party its majority in the Senate.

The McConnell camp is dismissing the endorsement.

“Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving DC fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore told the Huffington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates.”

Senate Conservatives Fund is an independent, grassroots organization that promotes conservative policies in Washington, helping to elect conservative leaders to the U.S. Senate, according to its website. The group led the Don’tFundIt.com effort against Obamacare and has also endorsed Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s run for the U.S. Senate.

Watch Bevin’s video here via the Senate Conservatives Fund:

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