Local/Regional News
1:29 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Throwing Weight Behind McConnell

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will spend more than $180,000 to run a TV ad across Kentucky promoting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The business organization describes McConnell in the 30-second ad, which begins airing Tuesday, as "a fighter" who opposes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policies that harm mining.

The group's political director, Rob Engstrom, said in a statement that Kentuckians "have a true conservative champion" in McConnell. Engstrom said the Chamber of Commerce appreciates McConnell's efforts to fight back against "the war on coal."

McConnell, seeking re-election to a sixth term, faces Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in next year's GOP primary. The winner will likely face Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.