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Mitch McConnell lampoons Democratic efforts to find a challenger for him

February 19, 2013 | | Comments Comments

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign released its first video ad Tuesday, a parody highlighting the difficulty Democrats are having trying to recruit a viable candidate to run against him.

The video is on the newly-launched website www.obamaskentuckycandidate.com. The Republican campaign says it plans to use the website to track Democrats’ recruiting process.

The nearly three-minute video features clips of Democratic President Barack Obama that have been edited to make it appear he is searching for a candidate to run against McConnell.

Prospects identified include actress Ashley Judd, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, former U.S. ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun and Ed Marksberry of Owensboro, who already has said he will run. The video also features clips of Gov. Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway, former Auditor Crit Luallen, Auditor Adam Edelen, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, all of whom have said they’re not interested in challenging McConnell.

“We all know President Obama and his liberal allies have made Senator McConnell their number one target,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “We thought we would have a little fun with the problems they’ve had finding someone to carry President Obama’s banner in Kentucky.”

The YouTube video was released to McConnell supporters in an email Tuesday morning and posted on Team Mitch’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Logsdon said the video shows that McConnell doesn’t want to talk about his long voting record in Washington.

“The only thing he can do is make fun of serious people who are trying to help Kentuckians,” Logsdon said. “He can’t point to any accomplishments.”

Logsdon said the Democratic Party “will have a strong challenger for him in 2014.”

Asked who that might be, he said “that process is in the works.”

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Tuesday that Judd should contact Gov. Steve Beshear about the race.

“When we discussed this with the governor last week, he indicated that he’s not had that contact yet,” Stumbo said.

He said he hoped Judd would also talk to other Democratic leaders in Kentucky.

“I think there are some things that we could suggest to her that may help her as she formulated her campaign,” Stumbo said.

Meanwhile, Nicholasville Tea Party activist David Adams said Louisville businessman Matt Bevin is looking at the Republican primary for U.S. Senate as a Tea Party candidate.

Adams said the Tea Party in the state “may have multiple candidates to run against McConnell.”

Bevin said in a statement that he has made no final decision about the race. He said he has met with “various individuals and groups who have expressed their frustration with their current representation in Washington and have encouraged him to consider entering the race.”

Filed Under: Adam EdelenCrit LuallenElectionsFederal GovernmentJack ConwayMitch McConnellRepublican PartySteve BeshearUS Senate Race

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  1. Honeyboy Wilson says:

    I suspect a lot of Republicans will be surprised that they have already chosen Senator McConnell to be their standard bearer. They deserve a vote, don’t they?

  2. Al Gore says:

    Who’s that woman from Tennessee that keeps popping up in there???

  3. DitchMitch says:

    Sounds like Mitch may be a little concerned….why else would he be posting something like this?

  4. tafugate says:

    darn. mitch isn’t playing fair. how’s anyone supposed to combat lampooning from the biggest walking lampoon alive?

  5. Dixiecrat says:

    Mitch’s pal Whitfield from the first Congressional District had not lived in Kentucky since college. He did not have a residence in our state until he filed for congress and then used his parents address. He and his wife do not own a home in Ky.

  6. wckedmrpickett says:

    Yuk it up, Mitch. I would vote for a rabid dog over McConnell – and I don’t think I’m in the minority. When the topic comes up, I have yet to hear a single person say that they would vote for him – Democrat or Republican (or Tea Party).

  7. Ken Woosley says:

    Of course Mitch is laughing it up he is setting on Millions of dollars of corporate cash too bad he has his on interest in front of Kentucky’s

  8. Sarah P. says:

    McConnell will get reelected because it is a habit but if you ask ANYONE what he has done for Kentucky and they COULDN’T NAME one item.

    McConnell’s money making abilities TOTALLY focus on businesses outside of Kentucky due to his ability to influence legislation that affects them and his rank.

    If McConnell wasn’t Minority Leader he would be totally noneffective in today’s government due to his POLITICAL focus instead of ability to be a STATESMAN.

    NO VISION but can say NO really quickly or provide some other NEGATIVE comment; this being exactly a MITCH tactic.

    PITIFUL!! PITIFUL!! But effective with today’s uneducated voter.