Jesse Benton en McConnell Aide: 'Holding My Nose' to Work Campaign <p>Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has acknowledged the validity of a January recording on which he's heard saying he is "holding my nose" to work for the Kentuckian's re-election campaign.</p><p>McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton is a tea party insider who managed Sen. Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign in 2010.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:43:12 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 33840 at McConnell Aide: 'Holding My Nose' to Work Campaign Groups Sues IRS Over Targeting, as McConnell Releases Ad on Same Issue <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">A new online advertisement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign focuses on the&nbsp;<a href="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none" target="_blank">targeting of conservative groups by the IRS</a>—an issue the campaign says it's not going to let slip out of the public discourse.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">The nearly three minute ad uses speeches from McConnell on the IRS issue before it became a national controversy, as well as media reports and testimony from IRS officials to Congress.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px"> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:09:30 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31805 at Groups Sues IRS Over Targeting, as McConnell Releases Ad on Same Issue McConnell Recruits Tea Party Campaign Manager for Re-Election Bid Seeking a sixth term, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has hired a Tea Party strategist who led campaigns for fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.<p>McConnell announced he hired Jesse Benton as his campaign manager for re-election on Thursday despite having no primary or general election opponent. Benton led Congressman Ron Paul's presidential primary race and worked for Rand Paul's Senate bid as well.<p>"We’re committed to running a presidential-level campaign in Kentucky, and that starts with a presidential campaign manager," <a href="">McConnell told</a><em> The Washington Post</em>. "Jesse is literally the best in the&#160;business&#160;at building and organizing conservative grassroots movements, and I’m thrilled he’s chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign."<p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:23:11 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey (KPR) 22044 at