Kentucky, Louisiana, & Arkansas

Kentucky: McConnell’s campaign manager resigns. In a blow to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) already challenging reelection effort, Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, resigned Friday, reports the Courier-Journal, after reports surfaced that Benton might be involved in a pay-for-endorsement scandal from the 2012 Iowa presidential caucus. Benton denied any wrong-doing, but said he’s resigning to avoid any harm to McConnell’s campaign. The scandal involves allegations that money was paid to a state senator to switch his support from Michelle Bachmann to Ron Paul. Benton, who managed Rand Paul’s campaign in 2010, was political director of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. McConnell and his opponent, Secretary of State Alisen Lundergan Grimes (D), are in a tight race.


Louisiana: Where does Landrieu live? State Rep. Paul Hollis (R), who dropped out of Louisiana’s US Senate race earlier this year, is suing US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), contending she does not meet the state’s requirement that she maintain a residence in Louisiana, reports the Times-Picayune. Landrieu and her family live in a Capitol Hill townhouse; she also claims her parents’ home in New Orleans, which is owned by a trust jointly owned by Landrieu, her siblings and her parents. She faces a tough reelection battle from US Rep. Bill Cassidy (R).


Arkansas: Clintons stay tuned back home. Bill and Hillary Clinton, despite their current residence in New York, stay in touch with a wide network of personal and political friends back home in Arkansas, reports a front page story in the Washington Post. They keep up to date via a series of emails from Bill Clinton’s former personal secretary, Lynda Dixon. The former president stays active in Arkansas politics; he headlined a Democratic fundraiser in Little Rock in August. Despite the state’s trend to the GOP, Clinton’s approval rating in Arkansas was 68% in May, according to an NBC News-Maris poll.