July 26th, 2010
02:19 PM ET
12 years ago

AFSCME takes on McConnell on home turf

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/26/art.afscme.ad.0726.afscme.jpg caption ="AFSCME is slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a video that is being projected onto the sides of buildings in Louisville, Kentucky Monday night."](CNN) - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is going on the offensive against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of risking the livelihoods of American workers in order to score political points.

In a video published on YouTube and set to be projected onto the side of buildings Monday night in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the union charges McConnell is holding up federal funding for his own state to keep from adding to the national debt.

"Tell Mitch McConnell: stop playing politics with state budgets and people's lives," a message says in the 30-second video.

The organization also ran a full-page ad in McConnell's hometown newspaper featuring editorials from eight newspapers that advocate congressional action to help states ward off unemployment.

"Senator McConnell is the chief architect of a 'just say no' strategy that will lead to thousands of teachers, police and firefighters losing their jobs, put our fragile economic recovery at risk and increase the deficit," Blaine Rummel, the group's Assistant Director of Legislation, told CNN. "It's time for Sen. McConnell and the Republicans to stop trying to score political points by doing all they can to stall America's economic recovery."

Asked why the union would target McConnell when he is not up for re-election until 2014, Rummel also told CNN that the campaign focuses on McConnell because of his role as the Republican leader in the Senate.

"He is the leader of the Republican strategy that is going to force layoffs for nearly 1 million Americans," Rummel said in an email to CNN. "It has nothing to do with when he's up for re-election. It has everything to do with looming layoffs of thousands of teachers, police and firefighters."

CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger suggested that focusing on McConnell could benefit progressives in this year's midterms.

"As the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Sen. McConnell is a juicy target," Borger said. "Given that this is not a presidential year, he's one of the more identifiable faces of the GOP. And so while he's not up for re-election, the control of the Congress is at stake."

The ads coincide with the Kentucky Republican's remarks Monday before the National Conference of State Legislatures 2010 summit, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sen. McConnell's office did not respond to a request for comment.

Updated: 5:00 p.m.

Filed under: AFSCME • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Mitch McConnell has the entire GObP stalling the progress of the entire nation.

    Maybe the 2nd amendment t-baggers have the right idea.

    July 26, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Old Mitch is the #1 Obstructionist in Washington. He came with an agenda of voting NO to anything this President proposes. I'm glad the people of Kentucky realize who is working for them and who is working against them.

    July 26, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Steve in North Carolina

    Typical union scare tactics. Why are they blaming McConnell? The democrats had a majority in the house and senate. They should have been able to get anything they wanted!

    Their solution is simple. They want to be like Greece and run this country into bankruptcy!

    July 26, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Ron

    Yeah, well.....republicans will probably win the midterm elections. It appears Americans are mad at Obama for turning -750,000 jobs a month into a measley +20,000 jobs a month. That's only a swing of nearly 800,000. And, AMericans seem pretty ticked off that the DOW has gone from about 7500 points to nearly 11000. And, Americans are fed up with all children being insured. And, BP having to set aside $20B. And, women don't need to make the same amount as men – they should stay home with the kids in the first place. And, WallStreet should be able to rape your retirement account. And, big insurance companies should be able to gamble away the money they were supposed to save to pay for crazy things like – oh, I don't know – insurance claims, maybe. And, and, and...

    What exactly have the republicans accomplished over the past year-and-a-half??? No, really? What have they done besides stand in the way and pout, tell lies, and try to divide the country because we fired their butts in 08? Divide and conquer folks! Hmmm.

    July 26, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Tell the UNIONS where they can go!!!!!

    This PRINT MORE $$$ for the UNIONS and TAX OTHERS is coming to a halt.

    Boycott UNION products and UNION companies as much as you can.

    July 26, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Larry

    McConnell is on C.R.E.W.'s list of most corrupt politicians in Washington.

    It's good to see people finally waking up to this clown's antics.

    July 26, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor little turtlehead,he hates the middle class workers.According to Rushs drivel today,Timothy Mcveigh would have been a Tea Party hero.

    July 26, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Stop the damage

    Reporting on a misinformed YouTube video? Really CNN?

    I agree with the Rs that our government shouldn't be spending money that we don't have.... Unemployment benefits have turned into 2 years of welfare–and growing.

    I've been laid off before and it stinks. That said, if things get really bad, we can turn to family, friends, churches, and other charitable organizations to help out.

    July 26, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    This is standard operating procedure for the GOP, they alway want to play polictics with American lives.

    July 26, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    What's new? The wingnut party of no hates America.

    July 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – this is called a BACKFIRE!!!! It will all backfire on the RepubliCAN'Ts

    July 26, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Don Wuerl

    Why are we re-fighting the same battles that our ancestors did at the turn of the 19th century? AFSME is 10000% correct! Let's take care of real people instead of corporations! Stop apologizing to BP, EXXON, AIG, Wellpoint, BofA; let's bring back those invaluable people: teachers, firefighters, EMT's, and police. What the hell is so hard to understand, Senator McConnell?

    July 26, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Is that the pot calling the kettle black or what. A lying, corrupt union owner of the current Obozo administration calling McConnell a liar.

    July 26, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. jim

    No surprise here that this bunch of liberals would go after Sen.McConnell.After all they have a vision of America, that is espoused by Obama, of being this "socialist utopia" However, in the real world most people want jobs and an opportunity to get ahead and be rewarded for their fruits of labor and not some handout from the government.

    July 26, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. mike

    Mitch what happen to your face it looks like you are the grinch another idiot republican that has no real solution to the economic problems so the only thing they know is to slash and burn that will take care of the unemployment issue except what do you do when the economy gets better and now you will pay twice as much to get the schools,roads. parks and everything else back into shape who will want to move to your state and put up with all that crap

    July 26, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Angus McDugan

    I decided to vote for anyone running against McConnell after viewing his first set of TV ads. The ads were designed to mislead the portion of the public that is not savvy to how things work. That in my mind is deceptive and the I deplore deception and avoiding answering questions in politics. Until McConnell comes out and apologizes for treating Americans like we are idiots then I consider McConnell dishonest.

    July 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    I hear that many American Citizens are being deported (some for petty and unjust reasons). Can we deport Sen. Mitch McConnel for UnAmerican Activities or something? Trouble is, is I can't think of any other country that would accept him. Any ideas?

    July 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. larry

    Oh Magoo, you've done it again.

    July 26, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Donnatella

    Thank god somebody called him out, just wait until these loser republicans get back in power, they are going to be spending like crazy, it will only be on more wars and more tax cuts for the wealthy the rest of us can eat cake. Think before you vote this November.

    July 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. diridi

    I have been writing that Mitch McConnol is an idiot., so are Joe Liberman, and John Boener, and Mitt Romney.....ok, take it for granted.....

    July 26, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We waited a year and a half to start hitting back with the same sock full of nickles. But at long last we've decided that we're NOT going to keep taking it laying down!

    Hit them with the TRUTH where it hurts Dems!

    July 26, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    The truth hurts, doesn't it Senator McConnell?

    July 26, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. KatieDid

    It's so nice to see that there's HARDLY ANYBODY here anymore!! Six comments on one, 18 on another. What's happened to you CNN? Have you turned into the NEW FauxNews?!?!?

    This country has a TRAITOR in it's military and we should be looking into what REPUBLICAN/GOP follower decided it was time to dump CONFIDENTIAL documents to a freakin' conspiracy website.

    This was ONLY DONE AT THIS TIME to TRY to make Dems 'look bad'.

    REMEMBER ALL YOU TEA-BAGGERS.......the Illuminate creado is: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. Your conspiracy is RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSES. You're ALL barking up the wrong tree.........

    July 26, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Michael

    McConnell & the GOP in general should stop trying to bring back the feudal system by raping the middle class and encouraging concentration of wealth at the top 1%.

    July 26, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. rob

    Thats the way of the left in this country, get the unions to spend millions and millions on fear mongering attack ads against the Republicans.

    Maybe if these public Unions would accept concessions on their puffed up, sweetheart contracts and the states would start living within their means like NJ, maybe the states and minicipalities wouldn't be going BANKRUPT. We can't afford the status quo in this country.

    Nov. 2, can't come fast enough.

    July 26, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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