LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- A radio commercial encouraging conservative voters to "dump" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell begins airing Monday across Kentucky.
The one minute "Would a Conservative" ad will air during the Rush Limbaugh Show on radio stations across the country, said Daniel Horowitz of The Madison Project, a conservative political action committee that is backing Matt Bevin over McConnell in the 2014 Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Citing McConnell's previous votes on amnesty, the TARP bailout program and McConnell's role in negotiating the "fiscal cliff" deal, the commercial suggests a real conservative would have taken different positions.
The nearly $30,000 ad buy has booked radio time "a few weeks for starters," and The Madison Project will reassess their next move in a few weeks when the Senate reconvenes, Horowitz said.
In a statment, the McConnell campaign suggested The Madison Project is a fringe group capitializing on Bevin's "quixotic" candidacy.
"All you need to know about this group is that they're supporting a tax delinquent bailout artist who lies on his resume over the most conservative Republican Leader in modern history," said McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore. "Apparently Matt Bailout Bevin has a small cadre of fringe friends in Washington who have concluded that conservative governance isn't half as important as making money off his quixotic Senate campaign even though polling shows Mitch winning by a staggering 68-21 margin."
The ad does not mention Bevin, but echoes his criticism of McConnell not joining an effort by congressional tea party-minded members to defund the Affordable Care Act. Though McConnell advocates repealing the health care law "root and branch," the defunding tactic has been shunned by many congressional Republicans.
McConnell has said that defunding "Obamacare" would not stop it from taking effect.
"Would a self-proclaimed conservative ‘leader’ be undermining the conservative effort to defund ObamaCare in the Washington?" a narrator says in the new ad. "Absolutely not. But that is exactly what Mitch McConnell is up to now."
Though The Madison Project does not mention Bevin by name, a statement from the Super PAC alludes to the McConnell campaign's onslaught of television commercials against him, hammering Bevin on tax delinquency, accepting government funds for his family's business and claiming an education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Though Bevin had attended an elite program on an MIT campus, he was never enrolled at the institution.
"(McConnell) is using his millions in special interest funds to run a personal smear campaign in an attempt to distract voters from his 30 years of failed leadership," said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. "Madison Project will see to it that the voters in Kentucky know the truth about McConnell’s record."
Text of radio ad, courtesy The Madison Project:
“Career Washington politician Mitch McConnell claims to be a conservative.
Well, would a conservative have supported amnesty for millions of illegal
immigrants in 1986 and 2006?
No, but Mitch McConnell did.
Would a conservative bailed out his Wall Street friends with over $700 billion of
your taxpayer dollars?
No way, but Mitch McConnell did.
Would a conservative cut a backroom deal with the Obama Administration raising
the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion? Nope but Mitch McConnell did just that.
And would a self-proclaimed conservative ‘leader’ be undermining the
conservative effort to defund ObamaCare in the Washington?
Absolutely not. But that is exactly what Mitch McConnell is up to now.
After 28 years of Mitch McConnell claiming to be a conservative but then
supporting big government policies isn’t time conservatives dump Mitch