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7 Things To Know About Mitch McConnell

Associated Press

1) Mitch is his middle name. His first name is Addison. 

2) He is a huge fan of University of Louisville sports. As Democratic Senator Mark Pryor joked on a radio show (via The Hill):

"It's not really a closely guarded secret, but they don't talk about it too much, ... Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, is a huge Louisville fan. Huge — off the charts, I mean he's an unbelievably big Louisville fan," Pryor said Friday in an interview on The Ticket radio show on 92.1 FM. "I think sometimes we schedule our votes around either Louisville, either football or basketball games."

3) His re-election campaign hopes to lead the way for the GOP in use of technology. From the National Journal.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has set an ambitious goal for his reelection campaign: to build the most sophisticated Republican digital and data operation to date.

The Kentucky Republican, known more as tactician than technologist, is making a major investment in technology infrastructure in hopes that a treasure trove of real-time data about the electorate will help guide him to a sixth term.

4) He had polio and was kept off his feet for two years. From the New York Times. 

He developed polio at the age of 2. His mother engaged him in daily physical therapy ''like a drill sergeant,'' driving him regularly for treatment at Warm Springs, Ga., and keeping him off his feet for two years.

5) He's a huge fan of Washington Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper - so much so that he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) discussed it on the Senate floor this week. From USA Today.

 "This kid is the most incredible competitor I've ever seen." [McConnell] asked Reid to relay a message to Harper's mother, Sheri.

"This is one thing that leaders on both sides fully agree on: We're hoping Harper has a speedy recovery and is back in the lineup," McConnell said.

6) He married former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chow in 1993 on Ronald Reagan's birthday. 

7) This Sunday will be McConnell's 28th appearance on Meet the Press