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New McConnell ad highlights support for sick plant workers

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is up with a new television ad that features an energy worker and throat cancer survivor praising the Republican's efforts to help sick workers.

"These days, I don't have much of a voice. But I and so many Kentuckians have been helped by someone with a strong voice," says Robert Pierce with a whisper. Pierce is identified in the ad as a Paducah Energy Worker and survivor of throat cancer. He goes on to praise McConnell for creating cancer screening efforts and "compensation for sick workers."

"I worked at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant, which has been vital to our national security. I was exposed to radiation – and like many others, I got cancer," he says.

The McConnell campaign said it is spending six figures on the ad statewide.

The spot is an apparent attempt to rebut efforts to portray McConnell as a distant D.C. insider. It's meant to show how he is connected with constituents back home.

The campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), one of McConnell's opponents, noted that McConnell ran a similar spot also featuring Pierce in his 2008 campaign.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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