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KSR’s Matt Jones is taking aim at Mitch McConnell — in a new book

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Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones and former state auditor Adam Edelen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, announced the creation of The New Kentucky Project, a nonprofit they hope will cultivate a new generation of political leaders.
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Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones and former state auditor Adam Edelen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, announced the creation of The New Kentucky Project, a nonprofit they hope will cultivate a new generation of political leaders.

Matt Jones, the founder of Kentucky Sports Radio and a rabid University of Kentucky fan, has proven over the years he knows how to throw jabs at University of Louisville athletic programs.

He now is planning to unload on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a new book titled “Mitch, Please! How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky (And America Too).”

Jones is an attorney who has been considering a possible Democratic run against the Republican McConnell in next year’s race for U.S. Senate.

He said in an interview Thursday that he will decide “relatively soon” whether he will run against McConnell.

“This book has nothing to do with any race,” he said. “I made the decision to do this book before Amy McGrath announced her campaign.” McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot who lost a bid for Congress last year against Republican Andy Barr of Lexington, announced her 2010 campaign against McConnell on July 9.

McConnell’s campaign manager, Kevin Golden, said of Jones’ book in an email, “Many people are familiar with Matt’s book report from its original title when they called it Elizabeth Warren’s stump speech.”

Jones responded, “I can promise this book will be more witty and interesting than anything Kevin Golden has ever said.”

The news about Jones’ new book was first published Thursday morning in The Washington Post and on KSR.

The book, expected to be out March 3, 2020, is being written with the help of Chris Tomlin, longtime KRS contributor and editor of the Funkhouser wing of the site.

The KRS website said the book “will detail the Senate Majority Leader’s negative impact on the state during his three decades of service..”

Jones and Tomlin plan to travel to each of Kentucky’s 120 counties “to show how Mitch has neglected real Kentuckians, the people he was elected to serve, in favor of acquiring more power in Washington.

“Really, the book is about trying to figure what this man’s impact on people across the state has been in a very real way, while he’s amassed incredible power in Washington,” Jones said on the website. “It’s also a love story to my state.”

Jones, a native of Middlesboro, hosts the popular syndicated radio show Monday through Friday. He’s also hosted a television talk show that covers sports and politics in the state, though he was pulled from the show by LEX18 as he weighed a run for Senate.

A critic of McConnell for years, Jones said the book will be published by Simon & Schuster. Besides dealing with McConnell, it will be part travelogue and part history of the state.

Jones said the publishing company contacted him several months ago about the book. He said they “worked together” to come up with the angle for the book.

He said it “will not be a political hit piece though it will spell out the destruction McConnell has done to this state and, in turn, this country.”

The book will be his first to write, said Jones, “but I’m not doing this in a vacuum. Chris Tomlin is helping and several research assistants.”

Simon & Schuster said in a release that the book will be published as McConnell seeks a sixth term in the U.S. Senate “and, not coincidentally, during NCAA March Madness, when Jones’ platform will enjoy peak traffic.”

“Matt Jones has distinguished himself as one of the most eloquent and entertaining voices in Kentucky,” said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Inc.’s Adult Publishing Group.

“We hope readers, especially those in Kentucky, will approach ‘Mitch, Please,’ with an open mind and a sense of humor.”



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