To Dump McConnell, Dems Sidle Up to Tea Party

They offer help backing right-wing 2014 challenger

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 28, 2013 8:47 AM CST

(Newser) – As the Senate minority leader looks to 2014, he faces an odd couple out to beat him: Democrats and Tea Partiers. Groups like MoveOn and a Democratic super PAC, as well as individual donors, are offering Tea Party activists funding to bring in a right-wing challenger to Mitch McConnell. Come the general election, Democrats would welcome a McConnell already bruised from a primary fight. Or perhaps a Todd Akin type might win the GOP nomination, letting Democrats cruise to general-election victory, Politico notes. "What we’re finding—at least in this stage of the race—we’re finding that our interests align (with the Tea Party). It’s unusual," says a Democrat organizer.

This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., followed by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, leaving the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.
This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., followed by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, leaving the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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