New McConnell ad plays up Democrats’ ‘dirty’ attacks

April 18, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) reelection campaign is up with a new ad  pointing to a series of "dirty" attacks by Democratic outside groups.

The new ad, which is a six-figure buy according to the campaign, casts McConnell as President Obama's "No. 1 target" and says he's protecting the state from the president.

"Liberals will do anything to beat McConnell," the narrator says, before the ad recaps recent controversies over racial tweets and a surreptitious recording made by a Democratic super PAC and an Americans United for Change ad suggesting al-Qaeda would approve of McConnell's stance on guns. "How dirty will Obama's allies get?"

It's the second time McConnell's campaign has launched an ad playing up the victim angle. After the Progress Kentucky super PAC got in trouble for racially insensitive tweets about McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, the campaign launched another ad featuring Chao.

Democrats have yet to land a challenger for McConnell, with all eyes on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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