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January 13, 2014

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FRANKFORT —

David Dickerson, a former Republican Barren County judge/executive said he’s helping get the Glasgow GOTV office off the ground for the Madison Project.

“I’m just a volunteer,” said Dickerson who supports Bevin.

He said he’d met with Drew Ryun, the political director of the Madison Project, at training sessions in Elizabethtown and Bowling Green.

“I and four or five others went to the training in Bowling Green, and we told them we understood Glasgow was near Bowling Green and smaller and more rural than the other towns, but we wanted to do whatever we could to help,” Dickerson said. “And they said they wanted to help us given our interest and commitment.”

The GOTV efforts won’t be allowed to coordinate with the Bevin campaign under the laws governing independent groups working in elections.

McConnell has taken on the outside conservative groups like Madison Project and the Senate Conservatives Fund which have supported Republican primary challengers who upset establishment candidates and then lost the ensuing general elections in other states.

McConnell says those cost Republicans control of the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012, and he’s vowed not to let that happen in 2014 when Democrats are defending 21 seats to Republicans’ 14.

Allison Moore, spokeswoman for the McConnell campaign, didn’t directly respond to the Madison Project’s announcement but criticized the group for working against incumbent Republicans.

“Their genius strategy is to smear Mitch McConnell, call Rand Paul a ‘tool,’ and then ask Kentucky Republicans to abandon their own and support Matt Bevin,” Moore said. “They’ve got a better chance of signing up Barack Obama than any Kentucky conservatives to help their cause.”

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

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