Momentum is definitely not on the side of Mitch McConnell. While Alison Lundergan Grimes and Bill Clinton drew a crowd of 3,000, the majority of attendees at Mitch McConnell’s rally were campaign staffers.
It was a tale of two tweets.
The Grimes rally in Owensboro, KY:
Local fire chief says 3,000 on hand for the Grimes/Bill Clinton rally in Owensboro
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) October 21, 2014
This was the scene at McConnell’s rally:
Smaller turnout, more "staffer volunteers" at mcConnell stop in Louisa
— Ronnie Ellis (@cnhifrankfort) October 21, 2014
McConnell’s struggles to draw a crowd are nothing new. It is why the Republican Party is bribing people to pretend to support McConnell during his bus tour.
The Hill reported,
In an email sent earlier this month and obtained by The Hill, Taylor Bumgardner, a Kentucky Republican Party regional political director, offers volunteers the opportunity to join McConnell on his tour, which launched Monday. Meals, lodging and transportation are included in the trip.
“Senator McConnell is seeking volunteers to join him on a 3-day campaign bus tour around the state on October 20-22 to show our support for Kentucky coal. You would join local supporters in contributing to an enthusiastic atmosphere at each of his events,” she wrote.
The mainstream media are saying that Grimes is the candidate who is running a bad campaign, but she isn’t the candidate who has to pay people to be her friend. Anytime a campaign has to start busing in and paying supporters to be there, it is a sign of a campaign that lacks support.
It is even worse when a campaign has to bribe the supporters to show up. Alison Grimes is attracting thousands of people to her rallies while Mitch McConnell crowds are made up of people on his payroll.
This contrast makes it easy to spot who is running a bad campaign and here’s a hint for the mainstream press. It isn’t Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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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