Ads run in support of McConnell's confirmation of Gorsuch; Senator calls decision "most consequential" item of career

04/13/2017 04:21 PM

A new six-figure ad buy is lauding the actions of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell which led to the U.S. Supreme Court tipping back in favor of conservatives.

The Judicial Crisis Network is running ads thanking McConnell in Kentucky, as well as separate ads running in Washington D.C. in support of President Trump and in Iowa supporting Sen. Chuck Grassley.

In an ad entitled: Strong, the Republican group asks Kentuckians to thank McConnell for stonewalling President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and then changing the rules to confirm President Trump’s nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“Because of Mitch McConnell’s leadership Justice Scalia’s legacy has been preserved — his seat filled by another Constitutional conservative,” a narrator says in the ad.

The digital and cable buy is worth around $150,000 across the three areas.

Speaking to reporters in Louisville on Wednesday, McConnell called the “controversial decision” to hold-off on hearings for Merrick Garland, and changing the rules to confirm Gorsuch, as the “most consequential thing I’ve been involved in in my entire career.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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