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MIT: Tea Party challenger to McConnell has no connection to us

posted at 5:47 am on March 19, 2013 by

Mark Bevin started off as an unknown challenger to Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat, seeking a Tea Party endorsement even though he has had little contact with Kentucky Tea Party groups.  He’s making a name for himself now, but not the one he’d hoped.  The Hill reports that despite claiming to have an MIT education, the school says they’ve never heard of the New Hampshire native:

Bevin’s LinkedIn page as of Friday evening indicated he was an MIT graduate or graduate of an MIT-affiliated program but school officials say the three-week seminar he attended has no formal link to the school.

Bevin did not respond to a request for comment about what appeared to be a misleading portrayal of his educational background. His LinkedIn page was revised by Saturday afternoon to clarify that he did not graduate from MIT or an MIT-affiliated program.

Tea Party activists say this could undermine his effort to build credibility among Kentucky conservatives. Bevin, a New Hampshire native, has reached out to Tea Party leaders in recent weeks to boost his profile but he remains little known in conservative political circles.

John Kemper, a spokesman for the United Kentucky Tea Party, said Bevin’s description of his educational background “sounds kind of convoluted.”

“MIT is a well-respected educational institution. If someone is playing on that name, it doesn’t sound like it’s being forthright,” he said.

“Once someone causes you to question something and pull a thread and it comes loose, you want to pull the next thread and see if that’s the only thing that comes loose. What other misleading information are you providing as a candidate?” he added.

 

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Mark Bevin’s move is stupid since people do check out these things, but he is smart to use the TEA Party name since the Government controlled Media rarely publishes any facts concerning those.

TEA Party protests of Government Media to begin in 5, …

DannoJyd on March 19, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Facepalm.

thebrokenrattle on March 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

A liar like Elizabeth Warren.

Will Mark Levin promote Brevin like he did Christine O’Donnell?

bluegill on March 19, 2013 at 8:02 AM

even though he has had little contact with Kentucky Tea Party groups

Matters not, this is the state run media. Better than fact, its a soft turd they can throw at the wall and it will stick and stink for a long time.
M.I.T. statement refers to him as “the Tea Party candidate”? That’s all they need. Wouldn’t surprise in the least if he was a plant, the left smells blood as Mitch probably couldn’t win a popularity contest on his street much less that state. But the number of people dumb enough to think this wouldn’t be vetted, still be able to walk across a street by themselves, AND be a conservative is probably less than zero.

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Will Mark Levin promote Brevin like he did Christine O’Donnell?

bluegill on March 19, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Well why don’t you hold your breath while you’re waiting. Let’s see how soon you brethren proclaim this plant of your’s as one of us?

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

“I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1j0FS0Z6ho

Ala Pundit on March 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Brevin better not become another Akin. Need to take him down now. Can’t lose another winnable Senate race.

bluegill on March 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

“Once someone causes you to question something and pull a thread and it comes loose, you want to pull the next thread and see if that’s the only thing that comes loose. What other misleading information are you providing as a candidate?” he added.

Didn’t seem to matter all that much in the last two Presdential elections.

Mitoch55 on March 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Hey, Ed, it’s actually MATT Bevin, not Mark Bevin. :-)

Shump on March 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Hey, remember how O’Donnell went to Harvard? Good times.

Funny how I didn’t hear hyperventilating that she was a “plant candidate.”

KingGold on March 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

this is a good thing if it shows Tea Party groups are getting better about vetting/selecting candidates early in the process

commodore on March 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

just to add, Tea Party groups need to demand candidates provide resume proof and answer questionaires before they can recieve an endorsement

commodore on March 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I smell a false flag operation here. Get someone so easily discredited in order to discredit the entire opposition. Great way to smear the Tea Party. Only question I have, is this done by McConnell or the Democrats?

rbj on March 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I smell a false flag operation here. Get someone so easily discredited in order to discredit the entire opposition. Great way to smear the Tea Party. Only question I have, is this done by McConnell or the Democrats?
rbj on March 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Yeah, I smell it too. Alot of jumping on the defensive here over some guy nobody’s hear of.

Bevin, a New Hampshire native, has reached out to Tea Party leaders in recent weeks to boost his profile but he remains little known in conservative political circles.

So M.I.T., a brand familiar to even the most vegetated couch spud, not only labels this guy a stupid liar, they refer to him as tea party. Brilliant.

“Once someone causes you to question something and pull a thread and it comes loose, you want to pull the next thread and see if that’s the only thing that comes loose. What other misleading information are you providing as a candidate?” he added.

Good point but why pull any further? The state run media has the story they here they were to report, “Tea Party candidate is stupid liar.”
Yep, a little convenient. Alot conveniet. Oh, one other thing:
From the Louisville Courier Journal Archives

Jan 20, 2013-At a time when hyperpartisan politics pervades every level of government, the Louisville Tea Party, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY), and a regional organizer for MoveOn.org are developing a grass-roots coalition to encourage Frankfort politicians to put aside their differences and work together.

Bravo. Constitutionalist cooperating with facists. How’s that working I wonder. Hmmm. Maybe we’re seeing it right now.

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Hey, remember how O’Donnell went to Harvard? Good times.

Funny how I didn’t hear hyperventilating that she was a “plant candidate.”

KingGold on March 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

True. I mean she was no Ted Kennedy. Go check your Ramen noodles. Before they drown.

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Bevin, a New Hampshire native, has reached out to Tea Party leaders in recent weeks to boost his profile but he remains little known in conservative political circles.

So, in other words, he’s not a Tea Party candidate; he just wishes he was. And apparently that’s enough to earn the Tea Party label.

CurtZHP on March 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Go check your Ramen noodles. Before they drown.

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Classy, in every sense of the word.

thebrokenrattle on March 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I smell a false flag operation here. Get someone so easily discredited in order to discredit the entire opposition. Great way to smear the Tea Party. Only question I have, is this done by McConnell or the Democrats?

rbj on March 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

My thoughts exactly.

ButterflyDragon on March 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Maybe he meant he got a political education from MITT.

portlandon on March 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Do the top-flight political investigators around here calling “false flag” have even a teaspoon of evidence, other than the fact that in their world the Tea Party would never ever consider someone who lied about their educational record (besides O’Donnell, of course)?

If so, I’ve yet to hear it.

KingGold on March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

in their world the Tea Party would never ever consider someone who lied about their educational record (besides O’Donnell, of course)?

And Dan Maes (Republican nominee for CO gov in 2010). Remember him?

Esoteric on March 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

A Thomas Massie this man is not.

pt on March 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Classy, in every sense of the word.

thebrokenrattle on March 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Are you a class warfare warrior calling me out on a point of civility to a Lawrence O’Donell typre drone? Why bother? I’m just a low brow brau. From fly over country. I drink water from a water bottle and complain about the 47% that still endorse O and yet still pay no taxes (youknowskininthegame). I’m no match for u.’sides I don’t have time, my Ramen noodles are about done.

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

onomo on March 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Wha?

thebrokenrattle on March 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

KingGold on March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Do enlighten us poor folks here with your rapier wit.
I would dub thee foolsgold, but I suspect I’ve been beaten to
the punch many times over.

wolfplus3 on March 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

TEA Party groups should have enough experience now to thoroughly vet any candidates before making an endorsement. Frankly, it needs to be someone well known in the community such as a local politician or business owner with speaking skills. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin is the type of candidate I like to see. You can’t have some random guy step up and say hey I’m conservative. There will probably be many skeletons in his closet or will say some really stupid things. This isn’t a problem for dems. They can get away with practically anything.

Wigglesworth on March 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

A true tea party candidate will have the backing of conservative activists and pacs. This guy clearly is just trying to get attention any way he can, and yes, he could be a plant.

Once again, Akin was not the tea party candidate, Akin defeated the tea party candidate along with the GOP pick. McConnell is going to be damn tough to beat, perhaps if Rubio’s amnesty bill passes then he will be vulnerable, but I’d rather not have that happen.

Daemonocracy on March 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Do the top-flight political investigators around here calling “false flag” have even a teaspoon of evidence, other than the fact that in their world the Tea Party would never ever consider someone who lied about their educational record (besides O’Donnell, of course)?

If so, I’ve yet to hear it.

KingGold on March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

When Kentucky Tea Party groups don’t even know who he is, it is perfectly rational to be skeptical.

Daemonocracy on March 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I wonder if hotair will be producing INTRODUCING attack advertising on every anti-establishment candidate?

Freddy on March 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM