LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The IRS scandal takes center stage in a new web video released by Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign on Wednesday.
The two and a half minute video emphasizes that McConnell complained about the IRS targeting of conservative groups one year before an Inspector General's report confirmed his accusations.
McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, is the longest serving U.S. Senator ever from Kentucky and is aiming for a sixth term.
The video reasserts McConnell's claim that the Obama administration has exhibited a pattern of abuse of power. It even uses a short clip of disgraced President Richard Nixon, a Republican, in relation to Obama.
A Public Policy Polling poll released on Tuesday showed McConnell tied with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in a hypothetical race. Grimes has only said that she is considering the senate race and continues to gauge whether she has the requisite support to mount a challenge to McConnell who has raised about $13 million for the 2014 campaign.
Both McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton and the Republican Party of Kentucky dismissed the PPP poll as a "push poll," in part because the survey included commentary about McConnell's record. The poll was paid for by an organization whose goal is to maintain a Democratic Senate majority and PPP is regarded as a Democratic pollster.