|U.S. Senate, Kentucky|
|Bachelor's||Washington and Lee University (1989)|
|Years of service||1989-1993|
Bevin officially announced his candidacy on July 24, 2013, at the state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. From there, he began a three day tour with eight campaign stops. Bevin was a political newcomer, but had significant wealth to use against incumbent McConnell in the primary.
After high school, he attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a four-year ROTC scholarship. After graduating in 1989, Bevin was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, and rose to the rank of Captain. He spent four years on active duty with primary responsibilities as the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division Artillery’s counterfire officer.
After his military service, Bevin worked in the financial industry. He founded several local firms and invested in a number of other companies in Kentucky, and around the United States, ranging from manufacturing to software.
"It was not a cockfighting rally, it was a states' rights rally," said Rachel Semmel, a Bevin spokeswoman.
In February 2014, Bevin called the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it. The comments came after prior backing by Bevin in 2008 when he supported the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin buying commercial paper issued by banks.
Bevin campaign spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said in a statement, “Matt has always opposed the TARP bailout and similar misuses of taxpayer dollars."
Involvement in Syria
According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Bevin was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Mitch McConnell, remained undecided.
At an event sponsored by the FreedomWorks PAC on February 10, 2014, Bevin asserted that McConnell could not win a general election. At the event, Bevin claimed that he would be only Republican who could beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
“We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values. We run the risk of losing this seat because of a sense of apathy and a sense of fatigue for the career politician that is my opponent in this primary, Mitch McConnell,” Bevin said.
|U.S. Senate, Kentucky Republican Primary, 2014|
|Mitch McConnell Incumbent||60.2%||213,881|
|Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.|
The same day that McConnell's primary challenger Matt Bevin was set to officially announce his candidacy, McConnell’s campaign announced a new ad buy labeling his primary opponent “Bailout Bevin” and noting that Bevin's business, which is based in Connecticut, accepted $200,000 in bailout funds.
McConnell's July 24, 2013, ad, "Bailout Bevin"
Matt Bevin's first ad, released July 24, 2013, "Meet Matt Bevin"
In response to McConnell’s ad, the Senate Conservatives Fund, which has not backed Bevin but has suggested McConnell should step aside in favor of a more electable candidate, went after McConnell saying, “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Mitch McConnell to attack anyone on bailouts when he was the one who voted with Barack Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks.”
Bevin released his own ad on the day he announced his official candidacy. The ad, "Meet Matt Bevin," began by Bevin saying, “Mitch McConnell has had a long career in politics. But after 30 years in politics, is his leadership really the best that we can do? America deserves more than failed leadership. We can do better.”
A narrator chimes in, saying that “McConnell has voted for higher taxes, bailouts, debt ceiling increases, congressional pay raises, and liberal judges.” Bevin, on the other hand, is described as a “successful businessman, father of nine, veteran, conservative, Republican.”
|Poll||Mitch McConnell||Matt Bevin||Brad Copas||Chris Payne||Shawna Sterling||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
May 14-16, 2014
May 12, 2014
April 30 - May 6, 2014
|Gravis Marketing/Human Events|
April 15-17, 2014
|Public Opinion Strategies|
February 24-26, 2014
February 8-11, 2014
January 30-February 4, 2014
|Gravis Marketing/Human Events|
January 2, 2014
|Public Policy Polling|
December 12-15, 2013
Ocotber 24-29, 2013
August 18-20, 2013
July 23-24, 2013
|Matt Bevin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0.00||$822,020.60||$(657,480.98)||$164,539.62|
Bevin filed his personal financial wealth report in November 2013. The reported showed millions in cash and assets that were ready to be loaned or contributed to his campaign, and included $1 million to $5 million in a Bank of America checking account and $500,0001 to $1 million in a Commonwealth Bank & Trust money market account. In total, the report found that Bevin had between roughly $10 million and $50 million.
- Social media:
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Hill
- Collected news and commentary at The Huffington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Times
- Collected news and commentary at Salon
- Washington Post, "Businessman set to enter primary against McConnell," accessed July 22, 2013
- Associated Press, "Kentucky Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
- Facebook: "Matt Bevin for Kentucky, Info," accessed January 25, 2014
- Courier Journal, "Matt Bevin attended cockfighting rally, accessed April 5, 2014
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- Politico, "Senate primary challengers target GOP incumbents on Syria strikes," September 8, 2013
- Politico, "Matt Bevin: Mitch McConnell can’t win in November," accessed February 11, 2014
- Washington Post, "McConnell launches ad against soon-to-be primary opponent," accessed July 24, 2013
- Washington Post, "Matt Bevin launches campaign against McConnell," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission: "Matt Bevin 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 13, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 13, 2013
- Roll Call, "Matt Bevin Reports Millions in ash and Assets Ready for Campaign," accessed November 26, 2013
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