Matt Bevin’s Speech at Fancy Farm 2013: “Enough!”

Matt Bevin gave a strong rallying call to replace McConnell with a real leader. In the rousing speech, Bevin pointed out that Kentucky has had enough of McConnell’s failed leadership. McConnell’s voted to give himself raises while the people of the state suffered, bailed out banks while Kentucky small businesses went under, and fought desperately to keep his job while doing nothing to keep jobs alive for Kentuckians. And, while McConnell claims to be against the unpopular program, Obamacare, he votes to fund it. Matt pulls no punches: “Be a man, stand up, and put your money where your mouth is. Kentucky deserves better.”

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Bevin’s First Ad: Kentucky Deserves Better

In Matt Bevin’s first TV ad, Matt Bevin’s describes McConnell’s leadership in Washington in terms of McConnell’s actions – his votes for bigger and more intrusive government. Bevin stands as a refreshing contrast – a successful businessman, father, veteran, and conservative, not a career politician.

Official: Matt Bevin Announces Run for Senate

It’s now official: Louisville businessman Matt Bevin will run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Local radio station, 89.3 WFPL, reports below:

Saying it is time to take the country back from “elite, professional” politicians, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin officially announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to overthrow incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Bevin is a 46-year-old investment executive and military veteran who owns a bell making company in Connecticut. He has never run for public office before, but Bevin did contribute to Sen. Rand Paul’s Senate campaign in 2009.

For months, Bevin has been meeting with Tea Party groups in the state leading up to this primary bid.

The United Kentucky Tea Party endorsed Bevin immediately, saying his private sector experience makes him an entrepreneur with the knowledge to “balance a budget.”

And for most of the speech, Bevin outlined his conservative vision for the country, advocating for less  government spending, lower taxes and a full repeal of President Obama’s health care law.

“I’m asking you to join me in a pledge. A pledge our Founding Father took very, very seriously. A pledge to devote our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to take back our country from the elite, professional (and) career politicians who are destroying the very fabric of our country,” he says.
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Matt Bevin’s Humble Roots

A farm boy from a small town, Matt Bevin knows what it means to struggle.  His rise from a rural farm boy to a successful businessman reminds us of the promise of America, a land where, with hard work, anything is still possible.

In 2008, a business publication reported on how Matt Bevin’s rough, early years forged his current character:

…Bevin gave up the lucrative job with Invesco in favor of following his dream to start a firm.

And he worked long hours to grow the firm, which he started by recruiting five former asset managers from Cleveland-based National City Corp. despite having no customers.

This year, the firm — with $1.8 billion in assets under management — was the only Louisville company to crack Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies during the past three years.

Although Bevin, 41, seems all business, he also exudes a friendly and humorous side, jokingly describing himself as “just a little country rube who grew up in the sticks,” who worked hard and read as often as possible to be successful.

He also talks often of life outside the walls of his corner office at One Riverfront Plaza and about his desire to make an impact on those in the world who are not as “truly blessed” as he has been.

In the little spare time he has between work and helping raise five young children, he has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate and institutions and people who have touched his life or helped him reach the point he has.

In the little spare time he has between work and helping raise five young children, he has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate and institutions and people who have touched his life or helped him reach the point he has.

That list is a long one for an executive who grew up in a small, rural town in northern New England, making do in an eight-person family in a small farmhouse with one bathroom and no central heat.

A mantra among Bevin and his three brothers and two sisters was, “It’s character-building,” a phrase their father, who worked at a wood mill, often used to describe situations that were difficult yet uncontrollable.

“It was like I grew up in the 1850s or something,” he said with a smile, adding that from a very young age the children’s chores included gathering wood for the stoves, eggs and milk for dinner and “dispatching” the family’s chickens with an ax so they could have dinner.

“Most people who know me don’t know this,” he said. “And the ones who do can’t believe it. … My greatest pet peeve is still wasted food.”

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