Tue August 27, 2013
Listen: Conservative Group Says Mitch McConnell 'Refuses to Lead Fight' on Defunding Obamacare
Another conservative group is launching a radio ad criticizing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, this time calling on the GOP leader to oppose all funding for Obamacare even in the face of a government shutdown.
The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending close to $50,000 for this statewide ad that will begin airing Tuesday.
In a 60-second spot, the group says Obamacare is unaffordable and unfair but that McConnell hasn't forcefully backed efforts to de-fund the law.
Besides the president's health care law the ad also takes a jab at a controversy involving McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton who was recorded saying he was "holding my nose" working for the senator.
"The Obamacare bill stinks, and holding your nose won't make it any better," the narrator says.
The SCF ad follows statewide radio commercials by The Madison Project, a conservative PAC that has endorsed McConnell's primary opponent Matt Bevin in next year's primary.
McConnell's re-election campaign has pushed back against these outside groups, however. In a statement, Team Mitch called The Madison Project, which has endorsed Bevin, a fringe group.
"There is nobody in Congress who has done more to fight Obamacare since day one than Mitch McConnell and any assertion to the contrary is absurd," says McConnell campaign manager Allison Moore. "Senator McConnell is a co-sponsor of the repeal bill, a co-sponsor of the defund bill, and has said that if elected Majority Leader getting rid of Obamacare would be the first thing on his agenda. Senator McConnell's primary goal is to unite conservatives rather than exacerbate differences to stop this train-wreck of a law and give us the best chance for success."
In previous statements, Moore said SCF, which has yet to endorse either candidate, was "the entity most responsible for a Democratic majority in the Senate."
The strategic debate within the GOP over whether or not to defund Obamacare at all costs been a running theme in the Republican primary. Aides close to McConnell argue it's a poor strategy and that shutting down the federal government won't effect the president's health care law.