Mitch McConnell Uses Personal Attacks To Hide That He’s Sleeping With The “Enemy” of Coal

Mitch McConnell

Asked to react to Chris Moody’s Yahoo article in which he claimed that the Republican charges of a “war on coal” starts at home for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Minority Leader refuse to deny the charges and instead lobbed a dirty bomb at his opponent’s father.

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Moody’s Yahoo article charged that McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies. That entity has “plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry.”

Asked about the article yesterday, the Republican Senator refused to deny the charges directly and instead threw a rather desperate Hail Mary personal attack, “Well, you know, first of all the article is inaccurate. And second if I were my opponent and had a father like Jerry Lundergan, I don’t think I would want to be taking shots at Mitch McConnell’s wife.”

McConnell makes no denial of the specific claims, just a general “the article is inaccurate” dodge. Further revealing his desire to avoid this topic, McConnell has not established that his opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY) is behind the Yahoo article, but he based his pivot on that presumption. Then, McConnell, who is the person who made the alleged “war on coal” the issue of his campaign, decided to equivocate the 25-year-old history of the Democrat’s father with an actual issue that McConnell himself brought to the forefront.

That’s a sign that McConnell has no better answer for the accusation that the “war on coal” starts at home for him.

It’s not off base to presume opposition research is being leaked to the press, but it is rather desperate to launch a personal attack of this magnitude on that assumption. It’s also desperate to pretend that a candidate’s parent’s ethics troubles – now overturned – from the 1980’s are relevant to the campaign in the same manner as McConnell’s wife’s current political and policy work is. Let’s not forget that McConnell has had his own very recent ethics violation alarms.

McConnell is also a leader in the party that has stood by currently ethics-challenged Republicans like Chris Christie, Rick Scott, Scott Walker, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Mark Sanford… The list goes on. The point is that ethics are not a GOP value. This is not a can of worms McConnell can afford to open, even as a Hail Mary dirty bomb.

The Yahoo article expressed the direct connection between an actual “war on coal” and Bloomberg Philanthropies, saying their “funded campaign has a stated goal of “retir[ing] a third of the nation’s 500 coal plants by 2020, replacing the majority of retired coal plants, and keep[ing] coal in the ground in Appalachia.”

There’s even a map of Kentucky with skull and crossbones marking the coal plants. Ouch.

Chao, who was the U.S. labor secretary under President George W. Bush, joined the Bloomberg board in 2012. The entire premise of Mitch McConnell’s campaign rests on his claim that he is a friend to coal, whereas his opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes is not. The only way he can make this argument is through spurious attempts to tie her to President Barack Obama, since she does not have a record of being pro-coal regulation and in fact she vigorously denounces President Obama’s stance on coal.

And yet, it seems Mitch McConnell is sleeping with the “enemy”.

That’s not just a random bomb ala Sarah Palin’s “pallin’ around with terrorists”; Moody pointed out that the “Kentucky Coal Association, an industry-funded group that labels the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal efforts the ‘enemy’ of coal.”

If coal is the issue, and McConnell made it so, then McConnell had best prepare to discuss coal instead of tossing dirty bombs about Grimes’ father and running away.

Mitch McConnell has been a Kentucky Senator for 30 years and apparently did nothing to stop this “war on coal” in all of those years. What he is going to do now that he couldn’t and didn’t do when his party had the majority is left unsaid.

10 Replies to “Mitch McConnell Uses Personal Attacks To Hide That He’s Sleeping With The “Enemy” of Coal”

  1. But will Kentucky voters make the connection, that part of McConnell’s personal fortune comes from anti-coal initiatives? That would seem a very serious affront to the state’s economic well-being.

  2. McConnell himself is a serious affront to Kentucky’s economic well-being, just as he is also an affront to the NATION’S economic well-being. McConnell should have retired 20 years ago.

  3. You now what’s funny? There are some holier than thou EMOS saying this is out of bounds to bring this up. WTF she inserted herself in the campaign.

    Now I think she being on the board is a great thing and more power to her but lets not be hypocrites here.

    As one of my favorite football coach, Herm Edwards once said:”You play to win the game”

    I don’t have time for people who get their panties twisted and say duh we are better than that. This shit is no game. Make no mistake we are in a fight for our lives.

    We mock their idiocy but make no mistake, they are winning. We are the majority, our values are in the majority but our lazy asses don’t vote because we think cant nobody believe that shit the teahadist say. Wrong!! Not only they believe it but they will fight for it to their death.

    We just have to vote. That is all

  4. McConnell should not have attacked Grimes father. That opens the door for the Grimes campaign to go after Elaine Chao. I think it was a big mistake.

    This opens the door for the Grime campaign to go after Elaine and her connection to the Sierra Club, then what.

    This is 2014, not 2004. What worked a decade ago, 20, or even 30 years ago won’t work. McConnell just made a big mistake.

  5. McConnell and his team don’t give three shits about coal, the working poor, or Kentucky. They tell the poor and vulnerable anything they want to hear in order to get their vote. Nothing but lies and broken promises. They’re the epitome of what’s wrong with America and the broken D.C. establishment. Neither McConnell or his “wife” are Kentuckians, and for that part, neither is Rand Paul. It’s high time we elected a real Kentuckian to represent us in D.C. Let’s show these carpetbaggers the door and vote them out. Ditch Mitch and join Team Switch!

  6. How stupid can the members of the KY coal industry group and KY coal miners be?

    McConnell said, without biting his tongue, that “it’s not his job to create jobs to Kentucky.”

    In the world of those with good critical thinking skills, his statement covers jobs in the coal industry, too.

    Some newspaper journalists in KY have been pointing out for years and years how little McConnell has done for the state’s citizens.

    Sure, he’s neglected to serve the people of KY, and I think the reason it happened is because he’s been busy increasing the size of his own bank account. If what I’ve read is correct, McConnell has become a multimillionaire since he entered Congress.

  7. From what I have read on Mitch McConnell, he operates his campaigns on slime exclusively. Actually his attacks on Grimes’s father are mild in comparison to many of his fireballs he has thrown in the past. What this probably means is that these attacks are just the warmup pitches on what promises to be one of the ugliest campaigns in history.

    The difference this time is that Grimes is a formidable candidate and one tough woman that is not going to take his cheap shots lying down.

    Grab the popcorn boys and girls! This race is gonna be a thriller!!!

  8. McConnell is the gift that keeps on giving. Now you know Grimes and her campaign are not going to allow that attack on her dad to go unchallenged.

    How much do you wanna bet that the Grimes campaign comes back and attacks Elaine Chao and her connection to Bloomberg and the Sierra Club?

    That was a bad move on McConnell’s part. This is why he won’t debate Grimes: he has too many skeletons in his closet that may become exposed.

    If he keeps making gaffes like this, he won’t have to worry about a debate, his own mouth will reveal what McConnell wants hidden.

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