Mitch McConnell fundraises off Rand Paul filibuster


Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. (John Gress/Reuters)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster about 12 hours into the marathon, 13-hour speech. Now he's using the speech as an opportunity to raise funds for his own reelection.

In an e-mail, McConnell asks his supporters to sign a petition declaring, "I stand WITH Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. They are shining examples of Republican leadership." 

He says he wants his fellow Kentucky Republican to be "overwhelmed with support and thanks for the battles he is fighting." He also warns that "President Obama has put a huge target on my back and will no doubt soon start eyeing Rand as well."

Along with the petition, the e-mail encourages readers to donate to or volunteer for McConnell's reelection campaign.

McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, worked for the presidential campaign of Paul's father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.).

Democrats are naming both actress Ashley Judd and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as possible candidates to take on McConnell. The Fix has explained why Judd might not be the best pick. Businessman Matt Bevin might also challenge McConnell in the Republican primary; he has been meeting with tea party groups.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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