In a press release, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe described McDaniel’s scheduled appearance at FreePAC Kentucky, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center, this way:
“Chris McDaniel is one of the principled leaders who will undoubtedly guide the future of the freedom movement. He fought tirelessly to protect the individual freedoms of Mississippians, and his dedication will be an inspiration to activists nationwide. We are excited to have him join Matt Bevin and Glenn Beck on the stage at FreePAC Kentucky.”
The McDaniel campaign is downplaying the underlying purpose of FreePAC Kentucky, which is to provide a much-needed shot of adrenaline to a Bevin candidacy that has yet to gain traction. Rather, the Mississippian’s team described his appearance at the event as an opportunity to connect with fellow travelers in the conservative movement.
“FreePAC is an opportunity to enjoy some fellowship and shared ideas with fellow conservatives from around the country who share the core values Mississippians hold dear,” McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch said in comments emailed to the Washington Examiner.
The Cochran campaign is likely to pounce on McDaniel’s trip to Kentucky as it seeks to paint the incumbent as prioritizing Mississippi and the challenger as angling to become a Washington big shot.
“He’s a show pony; the guy loves to make a speech. He loves the attention,” said Mississippi Republican operative Henry Barbour, who is advising Cochran. “I don’t know that it’s dawned on him that nobody [in Kentucky] can vote for him.”