LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The third in a series of Alison Lundergan Grimes Senate campaign ads which attack Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's record began airing statewide on Wednesday, backed by at least a $100,000 ad buy.
The commercials feature Kentuckians asking questions directed toward Sen. Mitch McConnell, then long pauses which suggest McConnell refuses to answer them.
“Why did you vote two times against the Violence Against Women Act… and against enforcing equal pay for women?” asks Illene Woods, who the Grimes campaign identifies as from Lynch, Kentucky in southeastern, Kentucky.
All three of Grimes' ads have featured eastern Kentuckians. In the first ad, retired coal miner Don Disney criticized McConnell on Medicare. The second ad featured unemployed coal miner David Stanley criticizing McConnell's job creation efforts. Lynch, Kentucky also has coal mining roots on the Virginia border.
"I can never get him to answer this one, either," Grimes says in the ad after its long pause. "I approved this message because, senator, you must be forgetting that over half the voters in Kentucky are women like Ilene.”
Grimes has made an appeal to women a core of her campaign. Yet in the latest WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released on Monday, she led McConnell by only one percentage point among female voters.
Though her commercial cites specific McConnell votes on the Violence Against Women Act, Paycheck Fairness Act and Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, McConnell has explained that he backs alternative measures which accomplish the same stated purposes yet the details of the legislation differ.
"Running for office exclusively on the Obama agenda isn't doing the trick for Alison Lundergan Grimes so apparently she's decided to run three straight absurdly inaccurate attack ads," said McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore. "Sen. McConnell has been a leader throughout his career on combating domestic violence, including on the very law her ridiculous Obama-inspired attack ad is citing."