Mitch McConnell — the Senate Minority Leader and who has led Senate Republicans' efforts to block President Obama's agenda the last four years — will be challenged from the right in the Republican primary in 2014. Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin will announce his candidacy on Wednesday, The Daily Caller's Alex Pappas reports, and will make eight campaign stops across the state. The group Matt Bevin for Senate has reserved ad time on Kentucky television starting this week, Politico's Alexander Burns reports.
There have been reports for months that Bevin has been eyeing entering the race. Bevin has spoken with several conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by Jim DeMint. Though Bevin might be able to fund his own campaign, "A key test of his viability may be whether conservative outside groups are willing to give him back-up on the airwaves." McConnell's campaign has been doing its best to discourage Tea Party groups from embracing Bevin. There has already been a mini-scandal over Bevin's family business, the Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co., which makes bells in East Hampton, Conn., took state grant money after a fire at its factory. McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton released a statement on Friday referencing the government help: "Matthew Griswold Bevin is not a Kentucky conservative, he is merely an East Coast con man."