Tuesday, Jul 22 at 6:58 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- As anticipated, the Senate campaign of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes released its second attack ad on Tuesday, featuring an unemployed coal miner questioning a comment by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to an eastern Kentucky newspaper reporter.
In the commercial, Grimes and David Stanley are seated side by side on folding chairs in front of the century old JD Maggard's General Store in Eolia, Kentucky.
“I’m Alison Lundergan Grimes and David Stanley lost his coal mining job in Letcher County, and he has this question for Senator McConnell,” Grimes says.
“Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we’ve lost almost half of our coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky. Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?,” Stanley says.
Similar to Grimes' first attack ad which featured a retired coal miner posing a question about Medicare, the two sit silently for about seven seconds.
After a pick-up truck passes between them and the camera, Grimes breaks the silence.
“I couldn’t believe he said that either,” Grimes says.
"It says a lot about the character of a candidate when she bases her entire campaign on mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods," said Allison Moore, Press Secretary for the McConnell campaign. "We're one year into Alison Lundergan Grimes' candidacy and the only factual argument for her campaign is that she's Barack Obama's Kentucky candidate."
Grimes cites a newspaper article in the weekly Beattyville Enterprise. That newspaper's editor and general manager conducted a brief interview with McConnell yet did not stay for McConnell's remarks to a Lee County gathering.
The editor, Edmund Shelby, said he asked what McConnell would do to bring jobs to the county.
“Economic development is a Frankfort issue,” McConnell is quoted in the paper. “That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet.”
McConnell later explained that he thought Shelby was asking about attracting specific industries to Lee County, a function he said that is "obviously a job of the state Commerce Department."
Shelby told Politifact he stands by his story and that it is impossible that McConnell's comments were taken out of context because the interview was so short.
"This April, I visited Lee County to talk about a top priority of mine: jobs," McConnell said in an April statement. "Unfortunately, it seems my message got lost in translation, and I was surprised to see a headline about my visit that sent the exact opposite message to the one I was trying to convey."