Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Is Jesse Benton Warming Up To Lead the Rand Paul 2016 Presidential Campaign?

Now that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) has announced she will run for the US Senate  held by Mitch McConnell, it's time for McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton to take center stage.

This bizarre anti-Lundergan video is Benton's first piece of work since her announcement:

Salon comments:
Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign impressed some, offended others and befuddled many more when it released Tuesday afternoon a cartoonish Auto-Tuned attack video taunting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who announced that she’ll challenge the Senator minority leader[...].

Whether it will be successful or not remains to be seen, but it probably can’t hurt considering how loathed McConnell is. As for Benton, this is his first major foray outside of Paul World. He’s had a rocky relationship with Paul’s base at times, criticized for skimming too much money off the Paul network for himself, among other things. Last year, Anonymous released a video saying it had a “leak that exposes Jesse Benton['s]…sabotage of the Ron Paul’s campaign during the Republican National Convention (RNC). Speculation Suggest that Jesse Benton was paid off handsomely for his services to sabotage the Ron Paul movement.” On a popular Ron Paul message board, one user responded to the video by saying it was old news: “I know everyone is sick to death about Jesse Benton’s betrayal of of Dr. Paul [sic].”

Which all raises the question of whether this is really just a warmup for Benton to work on Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign, should such a campaign exist.

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