Mitch McConnell’s campaign does ‘Harlem Shake’

Thanks to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the "Harlem Shake" has reached congressional campaigns.

McConnell's reelection team has put out a video of volunteers jumping up and down to the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer, joining an Internet meme that has spawned many, many viral (or at attempts at viral) videos. This one starts with a man in a suit wearing a McConnell mask; the other participants are in patriotic garb — except for the guy in the pink tutu.

The brief clip was shot outside Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is held. The people in the video are local college Republicans.

"We are going to have a lot of energy in the campaign and work very hard, but we are also going to have a lot of fun!" campaign manager Jesse Benton said.

The last video put out by the Kentucky Republican's campaign was a snarky take on Democrats' prospects in the state. Actress Ashley Judd is said to be seriously considering a bid against McConnell.

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