The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a basketball-themed radio ad targeting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ahead of his beloved Louisville Cardinal’s Sweet 16 game.

The spot begins airing Thursday and uses a faux play-by-play commentary describing how  McConnell  “scores for Washington special interests and himself” while blocking economic policies that would help Kentucky.


“Kentuckians know that Mitch McConnell is playing for ‘Team Washington’ and not for Kentucky, and the DSCC is committed to holding Senator McConnell accountable,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a news release. “Mitch McConnell is the walking, talking embodiment of everything that’s wrong with Washington D.C. He has helped send Kentucky jobs overseas and blocked job training for Kentucky workers. No wonder Mitch McConnell is the nation’s least popular Senator. Kentuckians deserve a leader who fights for them, not the Washington special interests.”

  The ad will run statewide parallel to the McConnell campaign’s radio spot, and comes a day after actress Ashley Judd decided against running for the U.S. Senate seat.

State and national Democrats have now turned their attention to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to run in 2014, but GOP operatives have pointed out that few seem eager to challenge McConnell.

In early March LEO Weekly reported the DSCC was having second thoughts about Judd, who was apparently set to run until last weekend.