A new ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes takes aim at Mitch McConnell’s attempts to paint her as Barack Obama. While skeet shooting Grimes sets the record straight.
In the ad, Grimes said, “Mitch McConnell wants you to think I’m Barack Obama. Mitch is the same guy who thought Duke basketball players were UK. Or who’s attacking me on coal after doing next to nothing while we’ve lost thousands of coal jobs. He even said it’s not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky. I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA. And Mitch, that’s not how you hold a gun. I’m Alison Lundergan Grimes and I approved this message.”
The not so subtle use of a shooting a gun appears designed to remind voters that McConnell refuses to say whether or not he owns guns or if he shoots them. To the blue parts of the country, Grimes distancing herself from President Obama might rub some the wrong way, but Mitch McConnell’s main reelection strategy is to paint Grimes as a liberal who is just like President Obama. The problem with this characterization is that Obama isn’t a far left liberal, and neither is Grimes.
The ad is correct that McConnell has sat on his hands for decades while Kentucky’s coal jobs have vanished. It is also true that McConnell believes that it is not his job to create jobs for the people that he is supposed to represent. If she wins, Alison Lundergan Grimes will be a moderate red state Democrat.
Grimes has released an ad that works on many levels. Her biggest asset is that Mitch McConnell is so focused on becoming Majority Leader that he has completely forgotten about the people of Kentucky. Any ad that drives the message home that she will better for Kentucky than Sen. McConnell is a win for her.
A Democratic victory would not only get rid of the man behind the Senate’s gridlock. A Grimes win would also provide Kentucky with a senator who would act with their best interests at heart. It would be a win-win, but it is up to Kentucky voters to go to the polls and make it happen.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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