It is shaping up to be a very good day for Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Ashley Judd decided not to run and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endorsed his re-election effort. From the Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has learned that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, ending speculation that Paul would back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader.
“Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s 2014 campaign manager, told The Daily Caller.
While not entire surprising that a junior senator would endorse their senior senator, it is an interesting development. McConnell was basically the driving force behind trying to keep Paul out of the Senate back in 2010. Instead of trying to get payback, Paul has decided the better move is to play nice.
This should help McConnell easily fend of any Tea-Party challenger. Even if a primary challenger probably couldn’t beat him it may have done damage to his general election campaign.
It also interesting because it shows Paul is serious about being a real player within the Republican Party and not just a fringe figure. If Paul wants to make a real run for President in 2016, it is a wise move not to hold grudges with a top leader in the party. Paul seems much better/interested in playing the game than his father was.