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McConnell Shores Up Relationship with Rand Paul

September 20, 2012

Our colleagues at National Journal Daily have the story of how and why Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are shoring up their relationship in the Senate.

As you know, Paul has earned a reputation recently for being a burr under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's saddle: Paul regularly throws Senate business into disarray. Last week he threatened to keep his colleagues through the weekend, and there seems to be no bill small enough not to filibuster.

But as the heir-apparent to Ron Paul's young libertarian base, McConnell is eager to bring him and those supporters into the GOP fold. Bolstering his relationship with Paul, whom he did not back in the GOP primary in 2010, McConnell hired Paul's former campaign manager, Jesse Benton, to head his 2014 reelection campaign.

Dan Friedman writes:

In Rand Paul, senior Republicans see a more pragmatic and somewhat more polished politician than the elder Paul. And GOP aides suggest that McConnell's influence is helping steer Rand Paul into taking more-effective approaches.

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