LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The 2013 Kentucky Derby is history, but the 2014 Kentucky "Political Derby" continues to take shape.
As Democrats await the emergence of a strong challenger in the 2014 U.S. Senate race, incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R) is being protested by one newly formed group and lauded by another.
As a gun control group plans a Monday protest, an anti-"Obamacare" group plans to praise McConnell in a television campaign.
The grassroots gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action is self-described as "unaffiliated with any other organization or political party," yet plans a noon protest on Monday at McConnell's Louisville office in partnership with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a political action committee dedicated to electing liberal Democrats to Congress.
The groups plan to deliver more than 1,200 petition signatures to McConnell's office in the federal courthouse, downtown, demanding he support "sensible gun reform."
After McConnell voted against the Manchin-Toomey proposal for expanded background checks for gun sales, the groups argue he disregarded "the 82% of Kentuckians who support expanded background checks."
The petition states:
“It's unacceptable for Congress to do nothing to stop gun killings. Any meaningful reform must include background checks for gun purchases. Fight the gun industry and pass meaningful gun reform.”
Meanwhile, the new, non-profit Kentucky Opportunity Coalition plans to launch a six-figure television advertising buy "shortly after the Derby that focuses on the impact of Obamacare."
“We intend to talk about Senator McConnell's leadership on this issue and encourage him and others to keep fighting this disastrous law,” said Scott Jennings in a news release. Jennings said he is a senior adviser to the group.
As of early Monday morning, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition ad had not been posted, publicly.