FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has acknowledged the validity of a January recording on which he's heard saying he is "holding my nose" to work for the Kentuckian's re-election campaign.
The recording of comments by Jesse Benton, a tea party insider who managed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign in 2010, was posted Thursday on the Economic Policy Journal's website.
Benton was talking to Dennis Fusaro, who worked for the 2008 presidential campaign of then-Texas congressman Ron Paul, father of Rand Paul.
In a statement Thursday, Benton said he considers it sick that Fusaro is trying to use a private phone conversation to hurt him.
Benton said he believes in McConnell and is 100 percent committed to his re-election. McConnell only backed Rand Paul in 2010 after he became the party's nominee.
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