Some Paul supporters will also be displeased. Benton was closely associated with the strategy of integrating the Paul movement into the Republican Party, and emerged as a lightning rod for those who thought the campaign was too restrained or comfortable with the GOP establishment.
Many of these disenchanted Paul supporters held Benton responsible for the campaign’s failure to be more aggressive with Mitt Romney, on issues ranging from the content of the television ads during the primaries to the number of Paul delegates from Maine seated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
For his part, Benton maintains that he is still fighting the same fight. “We have an opportunity to hold the line on taxes and spending, to really reduce the regulatory burden,” he told the DC News Foundation. Under McConnell’s leadership, he said, Senate Republicans would fight to repeal President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.
While Benton’s past clients have been underdogs, the Senate GOP’s top dog is widely favored to win re-election. McConnell’s choice of campaign manager suggests he isn’t prepared to write off any wing of the party as he pursues another term.
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