LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Update, 11/7
Many on social media are upset with iHeart Radio's decision to ask Matt Jones to not be on the show in the upcoming days. At one point, #FreeMattJones was trending on Twitter.
Kentucky Sports Radio Host Matt Jones announced an exploratory committee to run as a Democrat in next year's Senate race. // WKYT
It says, "Team Mitch has absolutely no concern about Matt's show. It appears that his business relationships are concerned with his ability to comply with federal law."
“Matt Jones must be held accountable immediately for misusing multiple platforms paid for by his corporate sponsors to unlawfully promote his US Senate candidacy,” said RPK Chairman J. McCauley Brown. "RPK’s complaint is an important first step in stopping Jones’ flagrant failure to comply with federal regulations, and we urge the FEC to deliver a swift and strong penalty.”
"I'd talk to some folks about announcing on Thursday that I wasn't going to run. I'd kind of made that decision that if Bevin won that I wasn't going to do it. and if he lost, I was going to spend a few days thinking about it. but now, they've given me more to think about because I've gotten to see the support that's out there," said Matt Jones.
Updated, 7:30 p.m.
iHeart Radio asked Matt Jones to not host Kentucky Sports Radio for the time being following a complaint filed by the Republican Party of Kentucky.
The GOP complaint wants an investigation into Jones allegedly using the statewide radio show to promote himself as a candidate against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Jones has not filed to run but did launch an exploratory committee.
Jones posted about iHeart Radio's decision to ask him to step down on KSR's blog Wednesday night. He calls the complaint "absolute nonsense and very disappointing from someone as powerful as McConnell."
Though he understands the company's decision, Jones said he will take the time off to make his decision whether to run and finish his book, titled "Mitch, Please". He said he hopes to return to KSR in the future if he decides not to run for office.
Due to Mitch McConnell's complaint with the FEC, I won't be on KSR in the near futurehttps://t.co/1OKx5p9zwA— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 7, 2019
Let me just say this...I do not blame iHeart Radio. They have been very supportive in this entire process and wonderful to work for— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 7, 2019
I understand why they don't need the fight considering my decision will be coming soon.
I am disappointed but not surprised about Mitch McConnell
The Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint against a Kentucky Sports Radio host who is considering a run to unseat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The complaint seeks an investigation of Matt Jones, who has announced an exploratory committee to run as a Democrat in next year's Senate race. Another Democrat, Amy McGrath, has already filed to run.
The complaint alleges Jones is already a candidate and is using his statewide sports radio show to promote himself. The complaint cites "egregious violations" of federal campaign finance law concerning corporate contributions.
In a tweeted response Wednesday, Jones accused McConnell of trying to get his radio show canceled. He says he's "not even a candidate at this time."
Mitch McConnell is trying to get KSR taken off the air immediately with this complaint— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 6, 2019
It’s nonsense and I am not even a candidate at this time for office
Dogs don’t bark at parked cars https://t.co/dHSVOxqtst