RELEASE: Madison Project Releases “Mitch McConnell Debt Man” Ad

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 and is filed under Elections, Press

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first national conservative PAC to endorse Matt Bevin in the Kentucky Senate race, released a new web ad highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) endless debt ceiling increases culminating with the blank check he gave President Obama earlier this month.

To watch Madison Project PAC’s new web ad click here.

“As minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell should have served as a bulwark against President Obama’s demands for a blank check, especially after racking up $6.3 trillion in debt in just five years,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Yet, not only did McConnell deliver the President the votes for that blank check, he has completely adopted Obama’s false premise about default.  With interest payments on the debt hovering around $235 billion per year and revenue exceeding $3 trillion, there is no chance of default, and McConnell knows it.  Worse, he is now claiming that acceding to Obama’s demand is tantamount to ‘saving the country!’

“At some point, McConnell owes the people of Kentucky an answer as to when the cycle of endless debt and failed promises will end.  McConnell has never shown leadership in reducing the size of government and that is why he cannot be allowed to lead any GOP Majority if conservatives ever hope to change Washington, D.C.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


Does Team Mitch Support Homosexual “Marriage?”

Friday, February 21st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values

Yesterday, Matt Bevin posited a basic argument against redefining marriage – one that should be shared by any conservative concerned with the inane effort to change a fixed definition.  Bedrock legal definitions are necessary because they have far-reaching ramifications.  Once we change the basic definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships, what is the legal rationale for not including any other loving relationship?

For example, a son or daughter might want to collect the Social Security benefits of one parent in place of a spouse.  Why can’t they define their relationship as a marriage and be entitled to collect those benefits?

This was the gist of Bevin’s argument in his own words From The Janet Meffered Show:

“If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage—because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repercussions and things that come with it—so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise.

Where do you draw the line? And if in fact a person can arbitrarily draw it here why not could someone else draw it arbitrarily somewhere else? There needs to be rule of law. Marriage has for millennia been defined as between a man and a woman universally. And it’s something we should recognize.”

Pretty simple argument – one which the left has declined to answer for years.

Instead of debating Matt on the substance of the argument, the far left has chosen to willfully distort his words to focus on an absurdity.  The liberal Talking Points Memo cited an extremist group, Right Wing Watch, suggesting that Bevin was predicting gay marriage could lead to incest.  Obviously, anyone with half a brain could see that he was making a legal argument and not suggesting that the social relationship of a gay marriage will lead to incest, especially given the fact that, by definition, same-sex couples can’t procreate.

Yet, amazingly, Mitch McConnell’s Chief of Staff (who also happens to be a top gun at the NRSC) tweeted out the left-wing article and compared Bevin’s comments to those of Todd Akin about rape and pregnancy.

Is there something Team Mitch would like to share with us?  Do they think there is anything offensive about pointing out the folly of redefining marriage?  Are they that out-of-touch with the mainstream of the very party McConnell seeks to lead?

Well, maybe so.

Remember Mitch’s articulate response to Justice Kennedy’s egregious ruling on DOMA, which in part, led to a Kentucky federal district judge forcing gay marriage on his home state?

“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued no statement at all.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday. (Politico)

And speaking of the ruling in Kentucky, Judge Heyburn was a McConnell staffer whom he recommended for the judicial appointment.  During his confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, McConnell noted that Heyburn was a “progressive Republican” and cited the Louisville Courier Journal calling him “far from a right-wing ideologue.”

Did McConnell know something at the time about Heyburn’s “progressive” jurisprudence?

This is not the first time Heyburn shredded the Constitution in order to inject his progressive views on Kentucky.  In 1998, he overturned the state’s law banning partial-birth murder.

Matt Bevin is right to be outraged by this rogue judge appointed by McConnell.

Once again, Team Mitch is making it clear that they are just as fraudulent social conservatives as they are fiscal conservatives.

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RELEASE: Mitch McConnell Votes to Give Obama a Blank Check

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 and is filed under Debt, Press

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement in response to Senator Mitch McConnell’s vote for cloture to suspend the debt ceiling and grant President Obama a blank check for another year:

“Ever since Matt Bevin announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has veered to the right, making sure to vote with conservatives on major issues,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “However, he never whips against bad legislation because he has been in ‘hope yes, vote no’ mode, encouraging other members to vote for more spending while he evinced a conservative image to his voters back home.  Today, McConnell was finally forced out of the shadows because he couldn’t find enough Republicans willing to vote for such an irresponsible bill – granting Obama another blank check after he already amassed over $6.6 trillion in debt.

“Today’s vote is a perfect illustration of what Kentuckians have to look forward to if McConnell were to win reelection and no longer fear reprisal from the voters back home.  Kentucky voters need to ask themselves the following question: is this the man we want running the Senate if Republicans work hard enough to elect a GOP majority?”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


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A McConnell Crony Forces Gay Marriage on Kentucky

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

At some point, Republicans must decide whether they believe in Reagan’s three-legged stool of conservatism.  Not that this proves that they are fiscal conservatives, but the GOP establishment at least makes an effort to give lip service to the growing debt.  Yet, on the other hand, they have no interest in pushing back against the judicial tyranny and the indefatigable efforts of the social liberals to remake our society using the boot of government.  Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell is clearly a Republican who is one of those not concerned with this growing problem.

When Justice Anthony Kennedy struck down most of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), ostensibly forcing the federal government to recognize alternative marriages even for purposes of federal law, many on our side yawned.  They argued “definition of marriage” should be left up to the states to decide.  Well, part of the purpose of DOMA was to protect states that support traditional marriage from the other states who want to impose their views on them.

Now, we are seeing a torrent of unelected judges force “gay marriage” on red states.  The latest example is Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky who just ruled that Kentucky must recognize all different forms of marriage from other states.  In doing so, he noted that the citizens of Kentucky violated the U.S Constitution by defining marriage as it has been since the founding.

Obviously, this ruling is egregious even from the standpoint of those who support gay marriage on a social level because of its faulty legal reasoning.  There clearly is no federal right to recognition of any marriage, much less alternative forms of marriage, thereby precluding states from making their own laws.  Individuals are free to make lifestyle choices in any state, but states inherently have the right to define a legal status, especially something so simple and bedrock as marriage.  The implications of these decisions are very disconcerting.

Judge Heyburn was nominated to the bench in 1991 by President George Bush.  But his recommendation came from Senator Mitch McConnell who used him as a special counsel while serving as Judge Executive of Jefferson County in the early ‘80s.  Thanks to McConnell, Kentucky is being subjected to the tyranny of the liberal agenda without a vote.

Like all establishment Republicans, when forced to talk about the issue, McConnell says he is pro-life and pro-marriage.  But he has nothing to say in the face of judicial tyranny.  In fact, after Kennedy issued his anti-family manifesto disguised as legal jurisprudence, McConnell was the only GOP leader to issue no statement at all.  As Politico noted at the time, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday.”  It appears that his insouciance towards constitutional jurisprudence was on display when he recommended Judge Heyburn to serve on the bench.

After almost 30 years in Washington, Kentucky primary voters must be wondering what has Mitch McConnell done for them.  What has he done to protect Kentucky’s conservative values?

One of the most important ways a senator can affect positive change for his state is by recommending judges who will uphold the values of the state and not twist the words of the Constitution.  Senator McConnell is clearly wanting in that regard.

Liberals will not rest in their inexorable effort to shove their values on us.  They will not stop until every state is forced to recognize their behavior or preferred lifestyle.  They will not lay down their swords until every private business is forced by the boot of the judiciary to accommodate their desires.  It is not just an anti-family agenda; it represents an anti-liberty and anti-constitution agenda.  As long as Republicans are led by politicians who lack any principles, we will continue to lose the fight for our Republic.

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For Immediate Release: Madison Project Unveils Anti-McConnell Billboards in Kentucky

Sunday, January 19th, 2014 and is filed under News, Press

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Ted Cruz (R-TX), unveiled today three unique billboards that expose Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) destructive record in Kentucky.  The billboards address the issues of bailouts, debt and Obamacare with duplicates of each billboard totaling six in all. They are located in Clay County, Laurel County, Madison County, Pulaski County and Whitley County.

“These billboards are part of the Madison Project’s broader effort to move past the platitudes and engage in a long-form discussion with Kentucky voters about McConnell’s true record,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “McConnell likes to tout his supposed clout and power, but after 29 years in Washington hard-working Americans are left with the same culture of higher taxes, more debt, special interest kickbacks and bailouts.  McConnell’s work, with Vice President Joe Biden in 2011 and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) last year, to raise the debt ceiling has charted a course towards the permanent growth of government.   The harmful effects of the ‘McConnell debt ceiling plan’ speak louder than his carefully written speeches.

“Worst of all, McConnell has completely sabotaged the only effort to halt Obamacare funding before the law becomes impossible to repeal.  He made it clear to Democrats that not only will he continue to fund Obamacare through budget bills and debt ceiling increases, but he will also punish conservatives who attempt to do so. McConnell talks a good game about repealing Obamacare, suggesting that all we have to do to get rid of the law is to make him Majority Leader.  However, his dogmatic commitment   never to  fight the President on a budget bill to force outcome confrontation over Obamacare means that the earliest opportunity to repeal the law is 2017.  By then, it will be too late.  As long as McConnell is in power, Obamacare implementation will never be disrupted and premiums will continue to skyrocket.

“It is clear that another six years of Mitch McConnell as leader will perpetuate the status quo supported by his special interest money-bundlers.  The only way to make the party more effective is by electing conservative U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin.  Bevin strongly opposes big government and the special interests of Washington, and unlike McConnell, he will actually fight for the best interests of the people of Kentucky.”

The Madison Project endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin in July of 2013. The full endorsement can be read here.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at

Contact: Mary Vought


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Madison Project Opens GOTV Headquarters in Kentucky to Support Matt Bevin

Monday, January 13th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

January 13, 2014

Contact: Mary Vought


Madison Project Opens GOTV Headquarters in Kentucky to Support Matt Bevin

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Ted Cruz (R-TX), announced today they are teaming with tea party groups across Kentucky to open five GOTV (Get Out The Vote) headquarters to help organize grassroots canvassing for U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin.  The offices, which will have hired staff and volunteers, will be located in Bowling Green, Florence, Glasgow, Louisville and Owensboro.

“The Madison Project is focused on a bottom-up grassroots model to help empower local conservative activists and elect reliable conservatives to Congress,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “We are excited about our work with a wide array of dedicated conservative groups in Kentucky.  That is why we have teamed up to open these GOTV headquarters in several parts of the state.  Each office will be equipped with our voter canvassing technology, which will be used to contact thousands of Republican primary voters and spread Matt Bevin’s message of limited government via an interactive ground game.  Polls show that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is one of the most unpopular incumbents in the country, and voters are starving for new leadership in Washington.

“Not only will an effective ground game help propel Matt Bevin to victory on May 20th, it will also empower conservatives across the state. While conservative grassroots will never raise enough money to match Mitch McConnell’s special interests, which support amnesty and corporate welfare, an organic and dedicated ground game strategy can help even the playing field.  We are extremely proud of the grassroots conservatives in Kentucky and look forward to working with them in cities and towns throughout Kentucky until November.”

The Madison Project endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin in July of 2013. The full endorsement can be read here.

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New Polling in Kentucky Shows McConnell is Vulnerable

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections

The latest poll from Kentucky, conducted by Public Policy Polling, completely countermands the conventional wisdom that McConnell is a shoo-in to win the primary.  In addition, the poll shows that McConnell is indeed the weaker candidate to go up against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Senator McConnell is leading conservative Matt Bevin 53 to 26 percent in the primary.  Previously, McConnell has led by 39 and 47 points; now he is only up 27 points.  A strong majority, 61%, still have no opinion of Bevin.  It is quite clear that as Bevin raises his name ID, he will make this race competitive.
  • How unpopular is Mitch McConnell?  Barack Obama lost the state by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties last year.  Even 40% of Democrats voted against the President in the Democrats primary of 2012.  Yet, Mitch McConnell sports an identical 31% approval rating statewide.  Even among Republicans his approval has dropped to 47%.  Clearly, primary voters are getting the message that McConnell is a finger lickin’ fraud.
  • Matt Bevin is stronger against Grimes in the general election than Mitch McConnell.  Bevin keeps Grimes down to 38% of the votes, while against McConnell she polls 42%.  It is likely that once Bevin grows his name recognition, he will perform much better.
  • Only 30% of voters really think that Rand Paul supports McConnell.
  • Kentucky Republicans say they like Rand Paul better than Mitch McConnell by a 59/27 margin.

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Mitch McConnell’s Silence on Bad Budget Deal is Deafening

Friday, December 13th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Debt, Issues

Despite the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed with overwhelming support from House Republicans, surprisingly, it hangs in the balance in the Senate.  Much of the robust showing in the House was a result of Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) strong influence on budgetary issues.

However, in the Senate, many of its members are facing tough primary challenges, and they are looking beyond the personalities.  Even some of the most moderate Republican members like Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) have announced their opposition to this deal.  After all, the House-passed bill will repeal hard-fought spending cuts and replace them with tax increases and notional spending offsets.

Consequently, this bill is not a done deal in the Senate.  Even if every Democrat votes for the bill, which is not a safe assumption, no Republican aside for Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has committed to supporting it.  It’s not clear how Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will find at least five Republicans to support the bill.

So where is the Republican leader?  Where is Senator Mitch McConnell?  As the highest ranking Republican in the Senate, this is the quintessential moment for him to assert his power and influence and speak with conviction against this rotten deal.  With the outcome of the bill hanging in the balance, and so many members on the fence, now is the time when McConnell can affect the outcome.

His silence is especially jarring given his emphatic statements during the battle over defunding Obamacare on the need to keep the sequester cuts.  He was unwilling to fight Obamacare, but claimed to fully support keeping the sequester cuts.  Well, now that the sequester cuts are about to be partially repealed, but it can still be blocked in the Senate, McConnell needs to step up to the plate.

The contours of this bill were known to the public weeks ago.  It was quite evident that they planned to replace the sequester.  The only point of contention was finding phony offsets to attach to the deal.  McConnell, as the most powerful Republican in the Senate, was certainly aware of the fact that his promise to keep the sequester was being challenged from day one.  Why the silence?

Unfortunately, this is what McConnell does on the most critical pieces of legislation.  It is precisely times like this when we need bold conservative leadership in the Senate, yet this is when McConnell usually engages in his disappearing act.  He was nowhere to be seen in during the debate over Syria and immigration until the very last moment when the outcome was no longer in doubt.  As Politico noted today, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is widely expected to oppose the budget measure, a position that could sway fence-sitting GOP senators. But it appears unlikely that GOP leaders would strong-arm their colleagues and urge them to vote against the measure.”

McConnell loves to tout his clout and influence and the importance of Kentucky being represented by the Senate Leader.  But what good is a leader who waits until the liberals have 60 votes before opposing bad legislation?

Conservatives are starving for new leadership.  We are sick of those who play an insiders’ game of ‘hope yes, and vote no’ with bad legislation.  If Senator McConnell really opposes this bill he should speak out forcefully now and whip against it all weekend.  That is the job of a Republican opposition leader.  If he really supports it he should be man enough to vote for it.

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My appearance on ABC News/Yahoo News’ Topline Program

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Videos

In case you missed it, here is my interview with Rick Klein of ABC News and Olivier Knox of Yahoo News.

From the fight over Obamacare to Ted Cruz to the 2014 primary season-we discuss it all and more.

Chamber of [Government-run] Commerce Circles Wagons Around McConnell

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues

It’s not surprising that the Chamber of Commerce is running ads on behalf of Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.  After all, the Chamber of Commerce is Mitch McConnell – in the sense that they both share an ideology of power instead of principle.

As we’ve explained before, the Chamber of Commerce is not conservative, pro-free-market, or even necessarily pro-growth.  They support the special interests of big business.  Period.  When those interests intersect or overlap with free-market, pro-growth policies, such as advocacy for tax cuts and lower regulations, they will side with conservatives.  But when those interests require the stewardship of big government intervention, they will side with the forces of statism.  Hence, they are not paragons of free-market commerce; they support government-run commerce, albeit with tendentious policies towards their interests.

Their special interests support illegal immigration, corporate welfare, increased gas taxes, and an internet sales tax.  It’s not surprising that Chamber money pours into K Street coffers to lobby for those goals.

That is essentially the same description of Mitch McConnell’s tenure in the Senate.  Birds of a feather flock together.  It’s no surprise that many of McConnell’s former staffers work or lobby for the Chamber.

The bizarre thing about their ad touting McConnell as a warrior for coal is that they overlook his biggest failure in halting the war on coal.  Earlier this year, Republicans had the opportunity to force the EPA to stop administrative cap and trade on the coal industry by holding up the nomination of Gina McCarthy as director of the EPA.  McConnell cut the deal to allow her through by delivering 60 votes to Harry Reid.

Now, of course McConnell was not one of those votes, but he made sure not to whip against her.  Had he been a man of honor and respected among his conference, he could have appealed to the moderate within the conference to hold up the nomination until Obama agreed to halt the war on coal.  He could have had private conversations with Senators Susan Collins and Lamar Alexander explaining the painful job losses in Kentucky as a result of the War on Coal.  But, alas, those conversations never took place.  McConnell had no desire to fight the war on coal using the only leverage point Republicans held.  He just wanted to personally vote against McCarthy and give speeches.

It is clear that the war on coal will never abate until we have new leadership within the party.  And the coal industry will never grow again unless it places it’s faith into fighters for free markets, not the Chamber of Commerce.

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