By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign rolled out a new TV ad Monday, claiming that his Republican opponent, Matt Bevin, has tax problems.
The ad, titled “Delinquent,” is to run on statewide cable and FOX News, said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.
Bevin, a Louisville businessman who has the support of some Tea Party members, could not be immediately reached for comment.
The 30-second ad notes that Bevin, when asked last month if any of his businesses ever had a tax problem, he said, “I do not have a tax delinquency problem, nor have I ever.”
But the McConnell ad said a Connecticut business owned by Bevin had been assessed at least eight tax liens and was named the No. 1 tax delinquent in his area.
It also said Bevin had a tax lien on his “million-dollar property in Maine.”
“Matt Bevin told voters he has no tax problems, but that simply is not true,” Benton said. “Having tax problems back East may or may not disqualify someone from running for office here in Kentucky, but lying about it certainly does.
“Matt Bevin has a troubling pattern of telling people whatever they want to hear and misrepresenting who he is. Kentucky simply can not trust Matt Bevin.”
McConnell and Bevin are to face off in next May’s Republican primary election.