Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “has significantly stepped up his fundraising activities in 2011, a sign that the Kentucky Republican is taking no chances for a reelection bid that’s more than three years away,” POLITICO reports.
According to new filings, the Kentucky Republican pulled in a whopping $1 million in the first three months of 2011, more than doubling his haul from a quarter before and putting him on pace with candidates facing election next year. In total, McConnell is sitting on $1.9 million in his campaign warchest.
McConnell, one of the most calculating political operators on Capitol Hill, knows Democrats will make him a top target in 2014 – much like in 2010 when the GOP made Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s race its prime target last November and in 2004 against then-Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Reid pulled off a six-point victory after a hard-fought race, but Daschle lost in South Dakota to Republican John Thune.
If Republicans retake the majority next year, McConnell is expected to become the Senate majority leader, raising his profile substantially and putting an even bigger target on his back.