Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One day after Mitch McConnell's campaign unleashed the first major ad blitz of his 2014 U.S. Senate reelection campaign, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes responded Thursday, releasing a nearly three minute video "web ad" of its own.
While McConnell's ad featured a throat cancer survivor who credited McConnell for helping workers unknowingly exposed to radiation at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Grimes' video features Harlan County Magistrate David Kennedy complaining that McConnell has not helped eastern Kentucky, enough.
"Approximately thirty years ago, Mitch McConnell made a pass through Harlan County here in eastern Kentucky where I live," Kennedy says in the video. "And his promise was to help us build decent roads and diversify our economy and help create jobs."
"Well, today, thirty years later, David Kennedy is still driving on the same roads and you can't show me one job Mitch McConnell's helped create," Kennedy continued.
The McConnell campaign blasted the video.
"Alison Lundergan Grimes is really struggling to make a case for why empowering Barack Obama and Harry Reid over a champion for the region in Mitch McConnell is good for Eastern Kentucky," said Allison Moore, a McConnell campaign spokeswoman.
The McConnell campaign also took umbrage at the Grimes campaign's response to the McConnell commercial which features Robert Pierce, the same gaseous diffusion plant worker who appeared in McConnell's 2008 ads.
"It is insulting to Kentuckians for McConnell to haul out this old, dishonest play every six years when he's on the ballot," Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said on Wednesday.
“Only the most partisan, embittered, dogmatically liberal activists would have the audacity to call a Paducah cancer survivor's story dishonest," countered Moore, the McConnell spokeswoman. "It's a sad day when attack-dog politics trumps basic human decency."
Norton said the Kennedy ad was in response to McConnell's “new” ad, contrasting how Grimes and McConnell would "fight for Kentucky’s middle-class families."
"As the Commonwealth’s next U.S. Senator, her number one priority will be putting Kentuckians back to work in good-paying jobs," Norton said of a jobs plan Grimes released last week. "Alison believes that we can grow our economy by taking full advantage of the natural resources and people we have, expanding science, math, and computer education, investing in our infrastructure, and diversifying our economy to attract more businesses."