Thu June 20, 2013
Democratic-leaning Super PACs Target Mitch McConnell's Tenure
A pair of Democratic-leaning super PACs have launched an ad campaign against Republican Mitch McConnell that argues three decades is too long for Kentucky's senior senator to serve.
Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA announced the television ad and website on Thursday morning as part of a "major" effort to unseat McConnell in next year's election.
"Mitch McConnell talks one way in Kentucky and votes a different way in Washington, D.C.," says Patriot Majority USA President Craig Varoga. "He thinks this double talk will keep him in the Senate for more than 30 years, but we’re going to use his own words and his real votes to ask the question, over and over, how long is too long?"
The TV spot is a statewide buy that features McConnell saying he has "lived on a government salary for 30 years" but voted for the bank bailouts and cuts to Medicare.
Observers point out the two group's ad campaign is being launched without a well-known Democratic opponent in the race. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been talking to national Democrats about a bid against McConnell, but still hasn't announced her intentions.
Earlier this week, University of Louisville professor Greg Leichty announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination as a protest candidate. He joins four other declared candidates including Owensboro contract Ed Marksberry and Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith.
The lack of a top-tier Democrat has been a source of gloating for the GOP, and those responding to the attack ads once again pointed that out.
"Barack Obama’s allies have seen the top ten Democratic Party challengers pass and are desperate to find an opponent to take on Senator McConnell," says Republican Party of Kentucky spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper. "Mitch is strong, deeply respected, and fighting hard for Kentucky so it is no wonder Washington liberals are now scrambling in a last ditch effort to recruit a second-tier candidate."