Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid for re-election Tuesday, focusing on McConnell’s race against likely Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes instead of GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin.
“Senator, for what it’s worth, my audience in Louisville and Lexington, I sure endorse and hope you win re-election,” Hewitt said.
McConnell, locked in a two-front battle with Bevin and Grimes, said Grimes has endorsed Obama’s agenda, making clear the heart of his strategy against Kentucky’s secretary of state.
“My opponent supports Barack Obama and everything he’s done, and we’re going to have a referendum on Barack Obama a year from today,” McConnell said.
Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton responded by saying Grimes “has made it clear what she stands for and that’s putting Kentucky first.”
“Mitch McConnell’s attempt to pretend that he has not been at the center of Washington’s dysfunction for the last 30 years is laughable,” Norton said. “The referendum will be on McConnell’s failed leadership.”
Hewitt joked that his endorsement was qualified by whether or not McConnell can get University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Hewitt’s Cleveland Browns in next year’s NFL draft.
“Well, are they going to have the first pick or do you think it will go to the … Tampa Bay Buccaneers or somebody who’s having a worse year?” McConnell asked.