Mitch McConnell is asking Republicans to put their money where his mouth is. McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader, will headline a fundraiser in late August for Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin, hosted by Lexington power couple Joe Craft and Kelly Knight.
McConnell and Bevin have had a tense relationship since McConnell defeated Bevin in last year's U.S. Senate primary — after which Bevin refused to endorse McConnell — but the senator has been gracious since Bevin won the GOP nomination for governor in May.
Bevin's campaign seems eager to let people know that McConnell and his well-heeled friends are getting behind his campaign, emailing the invitation Tuesday morning to reporters.
This is not the first time Bevin has joined Knight and Craft and a high-profile Republican office-holder. This month, Bevin spoke at a reception in Lexington that Knight and Craft hosted for presidential candidate and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
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According to recent Federal Election Commission reports, however, Knight made the maximum contribution to the presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Craft, a coal magnate, and Knight, former ambassador to the United Nations, are regarded nationally as two of the top Republican fundraisers in the country, serving as state and national finance chairs for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.