Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, doesn't seem to be too thrilled with his boss or working for his boss's campaign:
"Between you and me, I’m sorta holdin’ my nose for two years, cause what we’re doin’ here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand in 2016, so that’s the long vision."
Way to get on his good side, Jess. Oh wait. He doesn't have a good side.
EconomicPolicyJournal.com released a recording of McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton talking about his current job with Dennis Fusaro of Reformed Theological Seminary. Benton, who used to work for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), suggests he is only working on McConnell’s campaign to prepare for Rand Paul’s re-election campaign in 2016.
This would be the same Jesse Benton who is "implicated in an alleged bribe possibly issued by another member of Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign."
You can hear Benton discussing that in the audio when Fusaro asks him about (via The Hill) "allegations that he was aware of an alleged bribe given to Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R)" by Ron Paul's deputy national campaign manager. Back then, Benton was Paul's national campaign chairman. Benton denies knowing a thing:
Fusaro previously recorded a conversation between himself and Sorenson in which Sorenson says [Ron Paul's deputy national campaign manager, Demitri Kesari] approached him and his wife and gave them a check. The call took place shortly after Sorenson dropped his endorsement of Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential campaign and endorsed Paul.
Here's Rachel Maddow's segment on that very thing, or as she calls it, "an old scandal that got a big new life":
Benton released this statement:
It is truly sick that someone would record a private phone conversation I had out of kindness and use it to try to hurt me. I believe in Senator McConnell and am 100 percent committed to his re-election. Being selected to lead his campaign is one of the great honors of my life and I look forward to victory in November of 2014.
If that statement is true, Benton has a funny way of showing his devotion.
Unfortunately I think people are paying more attention to what Ted says these days, so it might be interesting to see what happens next time he shows up in my area to "perform". Interesting indeed. Via.
I LOVE it when they get all sensitive and pouty. He's talking about us, btw. Via RWW.
I discovered that MSNBC's socialist news commentator Rachel Maddow played a soundbite of me on her program last night. Thank you, Rachel. I appreciate the publicity even though there aren't that many people watching MSNBC, but I'll take all the publicity I can get.
The people who do watch it, however, have a visceral hate for Jesus Christ and Christians. In fifteen years of full-time ministry, I have never read or heard such ugly, hateful, threatening, vulgar, obscene, blasphemous messages in my life. Ever. I won't even repeat them because some of the things that they said about our lord and savior Jesus Christ is so vulgar, so blasphemous, that it only could be uttered by people who are demon-possessed.
The spirit of Antichrist is loose in America. A man of lawlessness is in the White House. His followers hate Christianity. And most of the American Christian church has yet to realize the scope and depth of this hellish hate that is boiling in the Obamanistas towards anybody who dares to profess biblical Christianity and morality.
It is the same spirit that rose up in the Nazis in Germany towards the Jews. This time it will be the Christians in America who are locked up or put to death.
You gotta give it to him though, he does know how to crank hyperbole to 11.
Here's the piece Rachel did that got his knickers in such a twist.
I wasn't going to post since David is trying out his training wheels, but this is just too over the top delicious. Via.
Some time ago I posted that former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and a Republican consultant admitted that Voter ID laws, long lines “help our side.” That's because GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters. Of course, Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent.
As I've written previously, voting should not only be easy, it should be easily accessible and free. Americans should be encouraged to cast their ballots, not discouraged, suppressed, intimidated, confused, stymied, obstructed, misled or costly. Way too many of us (mostly Democrats, mostly black and Latino) were subjected to the equivalent of a poll tax by the disenfranchisement efforts of Republican governors and legislators.
To put it succinctly, voter suppression laws primarily affect younger voters, students, the elderly, and the poor, or as I like to call them, Democrats.
Now we have yet another example of vile conservatives admitting that vile Republicans are vile-ly going after African American voters. How's that new outreach effort (scroll) workin' for ya, GOP?
At a Dallas event featuring Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Ken Emanuelson, a leader in the Tea Party, said: “I'm going to be real honest with you – the Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote...”
Or as I like to call them, Democrats.
Here's the audio:
Now Emanuelson is saying he "misspoke," that he was simply responding to a question. Here's the UPDATE via the Dallas News:
“I expressed a personal opinion about what the Republican Party “wants.” That was a mistake. I hold no position of authority within the Republican Party and it wasn’t my place to opine on behalf of the desires of the Republican Party.
“What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.
“That said, I’ve been very clear, time and time again, that the Republican Party absolutely must expand and build bridges into all communities. I reiterated that same opinion at the same meeting. For whatever reason, Rep. Veasey chose not to include that information in his email, but I look forward to opening a dialogue with Rep. Veasey on this issue.”
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