Some Kentucky Tea Party Members Say They Don't Support Mitch McConnell

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

On January 1st of this year, the President and Congress finally agreed on a tax plan to avert the Fiscal Cliff.

While that agreement was essential for Americans, some say US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave in too quickly.

"There's been too much agreement. We need someone who will stand in opposition to the things that the president is doing to continue to spend money that we don't have," United Tea Party of Kentucky Activist David Adams says.

The United Tea Party of Kentucky has announced they will no longer be backing McConnell.

"We're simply casting our net around looking for someone who might take a better approach," Adams says.

Kentucky Tea Party activists argue that McConnell has become too moderate, but some just dint agree.

"He's tried to be an obstacle his entire career as leader of the Republican Party. It seems to me he's done just the opposite. He has been an obstacle so why should the tea party be upset with him? How much more conservative can he be?" says retired WKU English teacher John Reiss.

And others say McConnell is doing what is best to prevent further debt.

"Part of the problem is unless you make some of those hard choices like they are doing in Europe. I think we are simply going to delay the inevitable. And we will eventually default unless we have some cut in entitlement programs," says Dr. Kevin Kelly.

Representatives for Sen. McConnell say the Senate Minority Leader continues to have a great political relationship with Sen. Rand Paul-- a tea party favorite.

"I think we are hearing from a few voices in the tea party that for various reasons and various self-promoting interests want to try and stir the pot," says McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton.

Representatives for Sen. McConnell say they will continue to try and work with all Kentucky Tea Party members.

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