Ohio's junior senator, Rob Portman of Terrace Park, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning to say he would not vote to authorize the Obama administration's proposed use of military force against Syria.
Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman with support from Kentucky tea party activists, plans to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP Senate primary.
Bevin, a partner in a hedge fund group, plans to make his announcement at the Kentucky statehouse in Frankfort Wednesday morning; and go on to campaign stops in Newport and Louisville later in the day.
Challenging an incumbent U.S. Senator is always difficult; and McConnell already has $10 million in his campaign account and the support of a Super PAC called Kentuckians for strong leadership.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, has been working behind the scenes to clear the way for the renomination of an Ohio Democrat, Richard Cordray, as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a story in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.
Senate Republicans have thus far refused to move on President Obama's renomination of Cordray, a former Ohio treasurer and attorney general, along with a number of other presidential appointments.