In its last television ad in support of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell before the May 20 primary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce features a Lexington businesswoman who praises McConnell for his opposition to a federal health care law pushed by President Barack Obama.
Patty Breeze, owner of Breeze Financial, an insurance company in downtown Lexington, says in the ad that “it’s very important for me that Mitch McConnell has fought against this Affordable Health Care Act.”
“The driving force in our economy here in the commonwealth is small business,” Breeze says to the camera. “Mitch understands that. He fights Washington for Kentucky.”
When contacted by phone Tuesday, Breeze said she wasn’t sure how the U.S. Chamber found her, but she said she has sat next to U.S. Rep. Andy Barr at Rotary Club meetings and she has been “somewhat outspoken” about her opposition to the health care law.
“I’m an insurance agent, and I have been in the throes of this health care reform for the last six months and it has just been a nightmare,” Breeze told the Herald-Leader. “You talk about something that’s really going to kill a small business.”
Breeze laughed at the idea she might soon be famous in Kentucky after the ad runs, saying “we’ll see — I’ve got clients on both sides of the aisle.”
A search on the Federal Election Commission website showed only two contributions from Breeze, both in 1999 to former North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s presidential exploratory committee.
Breeze said she might have given $25 or $50 to McConnell’s past campaigns, and she gave Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, a Democrat, a $50 contribution.
The chamber, which formally endorsed McConnell over Louisville businessman Matt Bevin at a mid-March event in Lexington, has already run two ads on the senator’s behalf, but the group does not release the size or cost of its advertising buys.
The ad featuring Breeze is scheduled to begin running Tuesday.