July 25, 2013
Louisville, KY – In the wake of the recent announcement that businessman Matt Bevin will run against Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary, the Louisville Tea Party has been the subject of some false media reports.
On Wednesday, WHAS 11 broke a story claiming a founding member of the Louisville Tea Party since 2008, Scott Reed, has resigned from the board because he didn’t agree with our support of Bevin. The station also reported that former president Sarah Durand was still holding her position as president of the LTP in addition to serving as Bevin’s spokesperson.
“Both of those statements are false, and it is important to set the record straight,” Louisville Tea President, and founder Wendy Caswell said. “Sarah Durand resigned the first of July to pursue other goals. We now know that was to work for Bevin. She did not tell us at the time. Also, Scott Reed was not a founding member and did not join the movement until over a year after it started.”
Caswell stressed the Louisville Tea Party has not endorsed a candidate in the race.
“I cannot stress this enough – the Louisville Tea Party has NOT endorsed anybody in the senate race at this time. While we are critical of Sen. McConnell on several issues, we are currently weighing all options on both sides of the field. As always, we will continue to extend a warm invitation to all candidates, Republican, Democrat or otherwise affiliated, to come to one of our socials and present their case before our members. And as always, we will allow our members to decide who we support.”
Unfortunately, Sen. McConnell has taken his lead from the media. Following the inaccurate report, the McConnell campaign released a mass email representing several of these errors. Because we know the McConnell campaign strives to maintain the highest levels of integrity, we want to be sure they’re corrected on this issue.
For comment on this statement, please contact President Wendy Caswell at LouisvilleTeaParty@yahoo.com.