By Sam Youngman
WASHINGTON – Sensing a political opening as the federal government shutdown persists, the Democratic National Committtee (DNC) is starting an ad campaign in Kentucky aimed at tarnishing U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
The paid media campaign from national Democrats that launched Tuesday will include robocalls and online ads targeting Kentucky voters through Twitter and Google.
“The paid media campaign will highlight the impact of the GOP’s shutdown on the home state of McConnell and Paul,” the DNC said in a statement.
Kentucky’s two senators are not alone in being targeted. The DNC said that Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are also on the list.
“We’re holding Republicans accountable until they end this manufactured crisis, call a vote to fully fund the government through a clean continuing spending resolution, and allow the nation to pay its bills,” DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “The only thing stopping the government from reopening are the Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul who refuse to hold a vote on a clean continuing resolution to fund the entire government.
Kelsey Cooper, spokeswoman for the state GOP had this response: “National Democrats are frantically trying to distract from the fact that their favorite liberal candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was recruited by the man responsible for this mess, Harry Reid. Despite Republicans’ continuing efforts to offer solutions to fund the government, Reid is proudly leading the Democrats in the government shutdown and has adamantly refused to come to the table and negotiate.”