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.