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Democrats launch digital onslaught vs "Guardian of Gridlock"

Democrats launch digital onslaught vs

by Joe Arnold


Posted on July 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --  Using targeted ads on Facebook, Google, and Twitter, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee intensified its campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday, calling him the “Guardian of Gridlock.”

“In three decades as a creature of Washington, Mitch McConnell has become completely addicted to partisan political gridlock," said Justin Barasky, the DSCC National Press Secretary.  "While McConnell has led the way to unprecedented levels of obstruction in Washington, it’s resulted in devastating consequences for Kentucky jobs, seniors, women, veterans, and businesses.” 

After clicking on the ads, supporters are directed to the DSCC’s website to sign a petition to stand against Mitch McConnell.  

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has made McConnell's "obstructionism" a consistent theme in her remarks, including on Thursday when she spoke to reporters for the first time since her announcement.

"Kentuckians are tired of 28 years of obstruction," Grimes said.  "They are tired of someone who has put himself ahead of the Kentucky voters.  Someone who has failed to stand up for Kentuckians, especially Kentucky women."

Grimes, the first term Kentucky Secretary of State, suggested that McConnell's influence is waning within the Republican party, evidenced by a filibuster deal reportedly brokered by Arizona Senator John McCain (R), instead.

"I think what you saw this past week was the Republican party tired of that same obstruction, and actually going around Sen. McConnell in order to actually get results," Grimes said.

Republicans have assailed Grimes' comments, saying McConnell has used his influence as Senate Minority Leader in attempts to block Obama administration policies, such as on health care and coal.  In a series of ads against Grimes, a conservative Super PAC argues that Grimes' opposition to McConnell's obstruction signals she is in agreement with those policies.

“Kentuckians deserve better than a Senator so thoroughly wedded to special interests in Washington that he turns his back on them again and again," Barasky said.  "It’s clear Mitch McConnell isn’t just part of the problem, he is the problem.”

A DSCC news release said recent polling shows voters blame McConnell and Republicans for gridlock and dysfunction in Washington and that McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in the country.