Louisville businessman Matt Bevin will launch a primary campaign against Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell next week, a GOP source with knowledge of Bevin's intentions tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
Bevin's name had surfaced as a potential primary challenger earlier this year, but public discussion of a primary campaign against McConell had died down until late Friday afternoon when Politico reported that Bevin had reserved airtime for television ads next week.
Bevin, a wealthy businessman who is capable of self-financing, will seek to run as an outsider Tea Party candidate. But the McConnell campaign plans on wasting no time spending some of its nearly $10 million war chest to make the case against Bevin.
"Bevin should expect a pretty bruising welcome to major league politics," a McConnell ally tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.