Matt Jones

The decision by Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones to explore a run for Senate resulted in Jones being pulled off air after a complaint from the Republican Party of Kentucky.

In the complaint, Party chairman Mac Brown claims that Jones is indeed an official candidate since he has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form an exploratory committee, reportedly raising $9,700 so far. Brown also says that Jones is using his platform as radio host to promote his campaign. In addition, Jones has a book deal with Simon & Schuster and is releasing “Mitch, Please! How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky (and America Too)” ahead of the 2020 election, which Brown says is also a platform for a Senate campaign for Jones, reports.

His Kentucky Sports Radio program is syndicated in Kentucky by iHeartMedia, which Jones says has asked him to come off air. “Due to the Mitch McConnell complaint filed this morning with the FEC against me, iHeartRadio has asked that I not be on the show in the upcoming days,” Jones posted on the KSR website. Jones said the complaint “is absolute nonsense and very disappointing… I have said repeatedly in public and in filings with the FEC that I am not yet a candidate and I haven’t used the show to raise money or talk about my Exploratory Committee in any way.”

Jones was planning to do the show for the next couple of weeks, make his decision about challenging McConnell for the Senate, and take some time to finish the book. “Thanks to Senator McConnell that time will apparently start now.”

Co-hosts will anchor the program while Jones sits out.