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Group tries to undercut Grimes’ Eastern Kentucky event with radio ad

McConnellGrimesBy Sam Youngman
syoungman@herald-leader.com

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, the Super PAC allied with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is releasing a radio ad assailing likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes as “a dishonest liberal, bad for coal and Kentucky.”

The group said it is spending $85,000 on the radio ad, which will start running Friday, as it looks to undercut an event Grimes is holding in Prestonsburg Thursday evening. The Grimes campaign said she will “share her vision for Eastern Kentucky” during a 6 p.m. event at the Mountain Arts Center.

The radio ad, which continues a theme from an earlier pitch from the same group, features President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and asks what Grimes is “promising them behind closed doors.”

“Why are anti-coal liberals giving her campaign big bucks?” the narrator asks. “We can only guess, because Grimes dodges questions on issues when she’s here in Kentucky.”

The ad keys in on a fundraiser for Grimes last year in San Francisco with former mayor Gavin Newsom, who once called coal a “fuel from hell.”

“While Kentucky suffers from Obama’s War on Coal, Alison Grimes has been on a Gold Rush in San Francisco,” the ad says. “Raising big bucks with the most anti-coal politicians and activists in America.”

At one point, the ad accuses Obama of trying to bankrupt the coal industry and says Grimes “supports” that effort. However, Grimes has attempted to move to the right of McConnell on coal issues, laying the blame for dramatic job losses in Eastern Kentucky at McConnell’s feet and assailing Obama for “reckless regulations” that she said are killing coal.

But Grimes has so far declined to discuss in detail her thoughts on global warming, how much of a contributing factor coal might be to that issue and how she reconciles her positions with the environmentalist base of the Democratic Party.

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  1. CoolerKing says:

    Gee whiz, who would’ve thought that Mitch McConnell would resort to mud-slinging?

    You’d think that after 30 years in Washington, Mitch would have actual accomplishments to run on. Nope. All he ever campaigns on are smear attacks. He’s the sleaziest politician in Washington DC.

  2. Jim+Pence says:

    Let’s take a look at the Super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and American Crossroads and see what they have in common. Steven Law is a board member of Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and President of American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS. Caleb Crosby is the Treasurer of Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and the Treasurer of American Crossroads.

    Steven Law’s ties with Senator Mitch McConnell go way back.

    1990: Manager of Senator Mitch McConnell’s first reelection campaign.

    1991-1997: Senator Mitch McConnell’s Chief of Staff.

    1998-2000: National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director.

    2001-2007: US Labor Department Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff working with Mitch McConnell’s wife Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

    2007-2009: US Chamber of Commerce Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel.

    2010: American Crossroads President & Chief Executive Officer.

  3. Buck+Feshear says:

    If you’re a Lundergan, there’s plenty to smear. Especially if your supporters include Bill Clinton, Greg Stumbo and Bill Colllins’ wife. Just sayin’

  4. Big+Ben+4+liberty says:

    Yeah Buck I agree. As much as I am no fan of McConnell and fully support Matt Bevin for senate, Grimes simply has no reason to complain when called on her partisan hack shenanigans.