McConnell continues offensive over secret recording
April 18th, 2013
09:29 AM ET
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McConnell continues offensive over secret recording

(CNN) - Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign says it's going up on television Friday with a new television commercial seizing upon last week's news that the Senate minority leader and political operatives were secretly taped at his Louisville, Kentucky headquarters.

The ad, which McConnell's campaign says they'll spend six figures to run statewide in Kentucky on broadcast and cable T.V., tries to link the push by national Democrats to defeat the Senate's top Republican in his re-election bid next year with the controversy over the secret recordings, along with an earlier racial attack on McConnell's wife by a local progressive group.

"Mitch McConnell is Obama's No. 1 target because Mitch protects Kentucky from Obama's bad ideas," says the female narrator in the 30-second spot.

"Liberals will do anything to beat McConnell," adds the narrator, who ends the commercial by asking "How dirty will Obama's allies get?"

Last week the website of the liberal magazine Mother Jones reported on the tapes, which included political operatives discussing how to attack actress and activist Ashley Judd, who had considered a Democratic challenge to McConnell, including possibly highlighting her past bouts with depression. The five-term senator's campaign immediately went on offense, turning a potentially damaging political story into a story about a criminal investigation into how the recording was obtained.

A Kentucky progressive activist who is under suspicion of recording the early February strategy session has started a legal defense fund.

This is the McConnell campaign's second ad for an election that’s still more than a year and a half away. It's extremely rare for an incumbent to go up with spots so early in a campaign cycle. The first ad highlighted a tweet by a progressive group in Kentucky that attacked the Chinese heritage of McConnell's wife Elaine Chao, who served as President George W. Bush's labor secretary.

"Mitch McConnell is the living, breathing embodiment of everything that is wrong with Washington. Polls show that McConnell is the most unpopular senator in the entire country, so he is desperate to play the victim," Matt Canter, deputy executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told CNN.

News of the new McConnell ad was first reported by Politico.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Jules

    Who's running against McConnell? I'm sending loads of cash to the other guy. I know the NRA will be there with their pay off. What a pathetic group of leaders we have in this country. There are not too many to risk their paycheck and their position to do the right thing. Everybody talks religion and that they are God fearing individuals, but not one of those no votes on background checks walks the walk. Talk is cheap and their votes are for sale.

    April 18, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. JIGS UP

    @ Truthhurts as i recall McConnell said he was gonna make Obama a 1 term President well guess what America thought different ones comments come back to bite them and i think the American ppl could see right thru the Republicans tactics...i dont like to say it but is it a racial thing in congress yes it is they cant fathom working for a Black President so they will appose them the ones that do that are the ones that will never gt anything solved or done as long as he is in i said i dont like to use the term racist but i call it as i see this case.

    April 18, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    He doth protest too much.

    April 18, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. JIGS UP

    The AARP needs to go up against the NRA guarenteed they would take them down...the Senate vote was a slap in the face to the children in Sandy Hook

    April 18, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Is time for KY to make you a no,longer senator.
    BTW, that boot in ring of the Capitol is old. Let's see the real NOW you.

    April 18, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. just sayin

    MaryM - McConnell is done and he knows it. 2014 will be the end of him

    right..... democrats can't even find a candidate to run against him. at least one that hasn't had severe mental stability issues that is. but that is what you get with most left wingers these days.

    April 18, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. lolo

    Quit whining about the secret recordings because you are just mad that you got caught. McConnell talks about how people are berating his wife, but agreed with every name that Michelle Obama was called, and now he wants people to have sympathy for him. Give me a break!!!! Please vote this ninja turtle looking man out of office. He is enjoying getting the big payoffs from the lobbyist so much he will do and say anything to hang onto his seat. I hope that the people in Kentucky wake up and do the right thing and vote this racist, hypocritical, lying old clown out of office.

    April 18, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Boytjie

    "Liberals will do anything to beat McConnell"

    That's funny since conservatives tried anything to beat Obama – and FAILED!

    April 18, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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