KSR’s Matt Jones may run for Senate if McConnell seeks reelection

Kernel News Staff

Kentuckians may see a new but familiar name on the 2020 Senate ballot should majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seek another term. 

Matt Jones, who is best known as the host of the ever-popular Kentucky Sports Radio show, said that he would oppose McConnell in 2020, a story in Politico Magazine reported.

Jones, an eastern Kentucky native and Duke Law School graduate, is known to be vocal about his progressive political views and has publicly criticized McConnell and Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s policies.

Jones and Adam Edelen, a former Kentucky auditor, helped create the New Kentucky Project in February 2017, which aims “to bring progressive ideas to Kentucky politics,” a Lexington Herald-Leader report said.

“Hey Kentucky!”, a nightly local television show, was launched by Jones in 2015. The show discusses Kentucky politics.

McConnell has served in the Senate since 1985. He defeated Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Libertarian David Patterson in the 2014 election, during which he garnered 56.2 percent of the vote, ballotpedia.com said.