Ad Attacks McConnell Over Filibuster Deal

Jul 23, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A new Senate Majority PAC ad that began airing across the state Tuesday portrays Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a lawmaker whose influence is on the wane.

The ad quotes critics of McConnell’s lack of input in a deal Senate Republicans brokered with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to avoid changing filibuster rules, saying the longtime senator was “pushed aside” by his own party.

The 30 second spot also blasts McConnell for obstruction.

"He calls himself the 'guardian of gridlock,' grinding the Senate to a halt even when it hurts Kentucky," the announcer says.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told the Herald-Leader the ad shows that the PAC is “desperately trying to throw a life-jacket” to Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign.

McConnell is also expected to face a primary opponent in Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin, who has scheduled a news conference in the Capitol Wednesday.