Signs urging voters to “Retire Mitch” began springing up over the weekend in Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky, providing the first concrete evidence of a national tea party group effort to take down U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
FreedomWorks for America — which announced last month that it was endorsing McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and would spend up to $500,000 toward that cause — paid for the signs. The group also is organizing others to begin canvassing neighborhoods for Bevin this week, said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ national political director.
"We have distributed over 5,000 signs around the Louisville and Lexington area and another 5,000 Bevin signs will be distributed this week,” Walker said.
There are reports of the black and white “Retire Mitch” signs throughout Jefferson County, in Prospect, Jeffersontown, Fern Creek, Valley Station and St. Matthews, in Lexington and in Fort Mitchell.
Senator Mitch McConnell will be 72 years old in 2014.
Born: Feb 20, 1942 (age 72) · Sheffield, Alabama
Spouse: Elaine Chao (1993) · Sherrill Redmon (1968 - 1993)
Party: Republican Party
Office: United States Senator KY (1985 - present)
Education: University of Kentucky · University of Louisville · University of Kentucky College of Law
1993: His second wife, whom he married in 1993, is Elaine Chao, the former Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush (the first Asian American woman to serve in the Cabinet).
2001: In August 2001, McConnell introduced the Common Sense Medical Malpractice Reform Act of 2001.
2002: In 2002, he was re-elected with the largest majority by a Republican candidate in Kentucky history.
2008: In June 2008, McConnell introduced the Alternative Minimum Tax and Extenders Tax Relief Act of 2008.
2011: In June 2011, McConnell introduced a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment.
2014: In the 2014 election, McConnell will face Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary.
2014: Progress Kentucky, a SuperPAC focused on defeating Mitch McConnell in 2014, hosted a press conference in front of the senator's Louisville office to highlight the report's findings.