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McConnell PAC fires back at DNC shutdown ads

By Sam Youngman
syoungman@herald-leader.com

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s super political action committee (PAC) is returning fire on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) with web ads of its own.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

After the DNC announced Wednesday it would run Google and twitter ads and robocalls in Kentucky to target McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul over the federal government shutdown, McConnell’s Super PAC, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, said Thursday morning it is returning the favor.

The Lexington Herald-Leader got a preview of the 30-second ad, entitled “Wrong,” that features President Barack Obama and Alison Lundergan Grimes and tries to tie Grimes to the president’s health care law.

“My loyalties, especially to the Democratic Party, cannot be questioned,” Grimes is heard saying in the ad.

The effort comes as McConnell’s campaign works overtime to tie Grimes to Obama and Democratic policies that remain deeply unpopular in Kentucky.

“So much of what was promised about Obamacare was false, and now liberal Alison Grimes is falling in line with Obama and Harry Reid to shut down the government over an unbending allegiance to Obamacare.” Riggs Lewis, a board member of the Super PAC, said in a statement. “People are in fact losing their plans. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing.”

The Super PAC said it is “spending several thousands of dollars with a targeted, online web video to remind Kentuckians of Alison Grimes’ allegiance to President Obama and his disastrous health care law.”

The ad comes after the DNC said Wednesday it was launching a paid ad campaign to “highlight the impact of the GOP’s shutdown on the home state of McConnell and Paul.”

In addition to Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators, 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 of targets for the campaign.

“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.

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  1. CoolerKing says:

    Mitch McConnell said in 2011 that the nation’s credit rating is “a hostage that’s worth ransoming.” His irresponsible political games are harming the nation, its people, and its economy. He needs to stop this absurd government shutdown and get back to work.