LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) --Competing television commercials in Kentucky's Republican U.S. Senate primary election hit the air Wednesday as challenger Matt Bevin attacks McConnell for not being conservative enough and McConnell attacks Bevin on tax liens and government grants at his family's Connecticut bell factory.
"Mitch McConnell has had a long career in politics," the announcer intones in Bevin's ad, "but after thirty years in Washington, is his leadership really the best we can do? McConnell has voted for higher taxes, bailouts, debt ceiling increases, congressional pay raises, and liberal judges."
McConnell's ad is entitled "Bailout Bevin," in reference to two $100,000 government grants to help rebuild two businesses Bevin owns after a 2012 fire. The ad also points out that Bevin Brothers Manufacturing had been delinquent on its state and federal taxes.
Bevin's campaign had already responded to McConnell's characterizations before the ad even hit.
"Matt became involved with Bevin Brothers in 2008," explained Bevin campaign spokeswoman Sarah Durand, "After giving the company a personal loan, he got more and more involved to try and help turn the financial situation around. In August of 2011, Matt officially became President of Bevin Brothers and within a year the company was debt free. Matt paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and saved company jobs while even increasing employee wages. This story is a testament to Matt's commitment and fiscal responsibility. Mitch McConnell wants to mislead the public with this story in classic McConnell mud slinging style. McConnell will use whatever tactics are necessary to avoid talking about his record of voting for amnesty, debt ceiling increases, bailouts, and bigger government. Kentucky voters deserve better."
"Kentucky deserves better than failed policies from Washington, political bullies more focused on scoring points than solving problems, and an elite political class that puts power ahead of principle," says Bevin. "We must do better."