Libertarian Candidate Enters U.S. Senate Race
Staffers spent the afternoon verifying Patterson had at least 5,000 signatures, the minimum needed for a third party candidate to appear on the ballot.
Patterson has no political experience, but he said at one point neither did Mitch McConnell, or Alison Lundergan Grimes.
As a libertarian, Patterson said his focus will be on reducing the national debt.
Patterson said he felt compelled to give Kentuckians another choice. He said he doesn’t have political ambition.
"No, as a matter of fact, I still don’t. I’m doing this, because I want somebody to vote for, and I know that if I run, then I’m going to feel good about voting for me. I know the kind of job I’ll do when I’m elected," said Patterson.
He also took shots at his opponents.
"I think the basic starting point that we really need to go from here is that I know that the Iron Dome doesn’t go underground and I know the difference between Duke and UK," said Patterson.
In the latest Bluegrass poll, Patters was receiving 7% of the vote.
Mitch McConnell’s campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Grimes’ Campaign Manager Jonathan Hurst said this: "We welcome yet another Kentuckian who is tired of Mitch McConnell’s 30 years of failed Washington leadership to the race. After McConnell’s shocking admission that it’s ‘not his job’ to bring jobs to Kentucky, it is clear the Commonweal deserves better."