Democrats continue to pound McConnell with ads
July 23rd, 2013
08:54 AM ET
9 months ago

Democrats continue to pound McConnell with ads

(CNN) – Senate Majority PAC, an independent group that works to keep the Senate in Democrats' hands, launched another attack ad Tuesday against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, highlighting the Kentucky Republican as a "guardian of gridlock."

The ad, also sponsored by Patriot Majority USA, is part of a campaign the two groups kicked off last month called "30 Years Is Too Long," as they seek to oust the senator in next year's election.

Using footage of the five-term senator, as well as text from media reports, the 30-second spot argues the senator has lost respect among those in his own party during his tenure on Capitol Hill.

"After 30 years of Mitch, it's time to switch," text on the screen reads.

The ad buy, which will run statewide, costs close to $270,000, according to a Senate Majority PAC official.

While McConnell gets hit by the left, he's also getting hit by the right this week. Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is expected to launch a primary challenge against the longtime senator on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talked about the Kentucky race Monday night at a Democratic gathering, cheering on the fact that McConnell will likely have a primary opponent, in addition to his Democratic opponent, Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"(McConnell) tried to make love to the tea party and they didn't like it," Reid said.

The senator's team pushed back at the ads Tuesday.

"Barack Obama's allies know as much about Republicans or Kentuckians as they do about coal jobs and health care," McConnell re-election campaign manager Jesse Benton said. "These ads show that they are desperately trying to throw a life-jacket on Alison Lundergan Grimes' fledgeling campaign in an attempt to let a Nevadan who says 'coal makes us sick,' not a proud Kentuckian, set the agenda for the Senate and continue waging the war on coal and implementation of Obamacare."

McConnell has gone up with his own ads earlier this year.


Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I think that a "Ditch Mitch" bumper sticker could be a winner. But, hey. If they like "Switch Mitch" better, then I'm all for it.

    July 23, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. MaryM

    Mr Turtleman is done.

    July 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. sonkarlay

    We all know he the problem in senate and john is the problem in the house because they both wanted obama to be one term president and they fail so they are doing everything that will make this country go down so obama can be blame but ppl that know how to read and write know with common sense know

    July 23, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. jinx9to88

    I dont care if its a Republican or Democrat as long as Mitch "the turtle" McConnelll is out!!

    July 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Bessy

    Time to get rid of this guy. In fact, way past time. He should have been " dumped " years ago. His only interest is his rich friends. Never the people who elected him or the country as a whole. .

    July 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Pete

    McConnells time has come ,his supposid relevence in politics is just a myth..He goes after Ms.Judd feeling threatened when in truth she never mentioned anything publicly about McConnell as well..McConnell ran a smear campaign against her and when liberals returned the favor at McConnell about he and his wifes unethical behavior McConnell claims foul!!Remember it was McConnell who stood on the senate floor proclaiming his sole agenda was to make Pres.Obama a one term president at all costs right after the inaugeration and failed miserably didn't he..And Elaine Chao, McConnells wife as Sec of Labor under Bushs reign shipped hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas and is proud of her accomplishments in hurting Americas economy as long it helped Bush at any cost,Chinas as well!!Time to move on McConnell because you know now you don't have only a threat in a democrate you can't out spend but probibly Ms Judd helping campaign for the democrates as well..Remember McConnell you sow what you reap and boy you're way over your head on this campaign this time,time to pay the piper McConnell your day has come!!

    July 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Evergreen

    McConnel represents Kentucky which has the 5th largest poverty rate in the nation. Is that his vision for the rest of the country? Is that why getting nothing done works for him?

    July 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Ah. I see...

    He says Kentucky once and coal 3 times. What do you think is more important to him?

    July 23, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Hector Slagg

    Yeah!,
    We've got the conservatives on the run! We can't stop now. All the jobs are Off Shore, the rich all have their money off shore, Rome is burning, the Titianic is sinking and Detroit is Booming. Poverty City here we come, right back where we started from. The inmates are now in charge of the asylum!

    July 23, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but I'll bet a 1 month pension check that 'ole Mitch will be there, (back in Office)come next election. LOL – Believe me, been there, done that – I used to vote for a guy that was a 90 termer – his name was the only name that anybody recognized in the whole state. (any "newbies" don't typically cut it, when it's time to vote for a senator, or somebody in your state that it's congress) Again, been there, done that.

    July 23, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Mitch Obstruction is a threat to democracy. He's gotta go!

    July 23, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "McConnell represents Kentucky which has the 5th largest poverty rate in the nation. Is that his vision for the rest of the country? Is that why getting nothing done works for him?"

    Based on McConnell's accomplishments for Kentucky ... yes ... that is his vision. Mitch isn't one to let his vision stand in the way of those who actually do wish to get things done. He pulls others to his side and calls it backpedaling progress ... GOPer style.

    July 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. just sayin

    hahahaha... lefties are so delusional. i just love watching them waste their money (usually wasting others money!) on these windmill tipping exercises. it'll end up being another wisconsin disaster for them. the people of kentucky will not take kindly to all of the out of state leftists interfering in their states election for their senator. keep drinking that koolaide lefties!

    July 23, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Mike Texoma

    One hopes that the common folk in Kentucky will find some inspiration for a change, and get out and vote.

    July 23, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. ditdahdit

    The GOP 'Race to the Right' continues. Here in Kansas Republican candidates had to swear to a 'party first' oath to get at the Koch brothers campaign cash. No principles required, just blind obedience.

    July 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. it must be said

    ditdahdit
    No principles required, just blind obedience.
    -–

    Pretty funny coming from a supporter of the Democrat Party that threw out its former VP candidate Joe Lieberman for not blindly obeying the far leftists running the party.

    July 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Data Driven

    The Passion of the McConnell. A film by Mel Gibson.

    July 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. lew todd

    He hasn't even won his own primary yet...The ad campaigns against him from the extreme right haven't even started yet...Can't wait for the fun to begin...

    July 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. S.B. Stein

    I hope that this is the end of Mitch McConnell in the Senate. When someone says that they are working to make a president a one term president, that shows that he isn't working for the best interest of his state and the rest of the country. He seems to continue that attitude.

    July 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "No principles required, just blind obedience."

    Pretty funny coming from a supporter of the Democrat Party that threw out its former VP candidate Joe Lieberman for not blindly obeying the far leftists running the party.
    -------------------------
    That's pretty much what people would expect coming from a right wing ideologue, that blind obedience to the party is good thing that sould be cherished.

    Lieberman was not thrown out of the party. I recall that he was voted out in a primary, but he later entered the final race, and won, as an independent. He was too much of a war mongering, pro-Israel ideologue during the height of the Iraq War. He was all for "bomb, bomb, bomb........bomb, bomb Iran" at a time when most Democrats were not. He liked the Iraq War when most Democrats were against it, and so he was challenged in a primary.

    July 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -
    it must be said

    ditdahdit
    No principles required, just blind obedience.
    -–

    Pretty funny coming from a supporter of the Democrat Party that threw out its former VP candidate Joe Lieberman for not blindly obeying the far leftists running the party.
    ******************
    And positively hysterical coming from a supporter of the party that routinely attacks its own for even hinting at cooperating with the opposition on anything.

    July 23, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    hahahaha... lefties are so delusional. i just love watching them waste their money (usually wasting others money!) on these windmill tipping exercises. it'll end up being another wisconsin disaster for them. the people of kentucky will not take kindly to all of the out of state leftists interfering in their states election for their senator. keep drinking that koolaide lefties!
    **************
    How much of an ROI did Crossroads and all the other rightie PACs get in the last election? Something hovering around a whopping 3% success rate? Talk about delusional.....

    July 23, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Jeff in Virginia

    I'd like to know how Mitch McConnell went from a man of modest means to one of the richest members of the Senate. Might it have something to do with his wife?

    July 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. ja

    30 years and we think these narrow minded career politicians are smart, move over, wisdom says there is a time and season for all things

    July 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    It seems to me that Sen. McConnell failed at this number one priority. Make Pres. Obama a one term president. Vote him out!

    July 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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