LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- After hammering U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell last week on his absences from Senate Agriculture Committe hearings and his political arm receiving campaign contributions from an airline executive who ate breakfast with McConnell in the Senate Dining Room, the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign is unleashing a new line of attack on Monday.
A new thirty second web ad released to WHAS11 picks up on a McConnell interview published by Politico last week in which McConnell laid out his strategy to stop some Obama administration policies. The Grimes campaign says McConnell is promising another government shutdown if he is re-elected.
McConnell told Politico that if he is elected Senate Majority Leader, he plans to attach policy riders to spending bills:
“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”
Mcconnell told Politico it would be up to President Obama whether to veto spending bills that would keep the government open.
The Grimes campaign says McConnell’s message is clear -- that his re-election would mean more brinkmanship and partisan games.
The McConnell campaign fired back on Monday morning.
"Evidently Alison Lundergan Grimes' interpretation of how the U.S. Senate works is that Senators must rubber stamp President Obama's agenda or the government shuts down," said McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore. "Unlike Grimes' commitment to the Obama agenda, Senator McConnell will fight for Kentucky priorities whether the President is interested in them or not."
Grimes is expected to continue her new attack when she and McConnell both speak at the Red, White & Blue Picnic on Tuesday afternoon in Owensboro.
The Democratic candidate is eager to change the subject from allegations that her campaign is receiving an illegal in-kind contribution in the form of a discounted bus rental rate from a company owned by her father.