Ahead of Farm Bureau candidate forum, Grimes campaign hits McConnell on Ag. Committee absences

08/20/2014 10:54 AM

In a week that has already been chock full of “investigations” from Washington D.C. outlets, the latest story in the run up to the Kentucky Farm Bureau “Measure the Candidates” forum hits U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on the time he has spent away from the Senate Agriculture Committee.

The campaign for Democratic candidate Alison Lunderan Grimes has launched the attack before bringing in U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee in February who said that McConnell has not attended a meeting since she has been chairwoman.

Tuesday evening, The Hill reported that McConnell “has a trend of skipping out on Senate Agriculture Committee hearings for events unrelated to his home state.”

The report details that while it’s not unheard of for members of leadership to miss committee meetings, a detailed look of McConnell’s public schedule shows that “many times when he’s missed hearings but has still managed to make time for media appearances or meetings on issues far removed from Kentucky’s farmers.”

Wednesday morning the Grimes campaign had already released a web ad hitting McConnell on his absences in the committee featuring clips of McConnell touting his position on the committee edited with text from the report by ‘The Hill’.

McConnell and Grimes will meet on the same stage Wednesday afternoon in a forum with the Kentucky Farm Bureau. Pure Politics will have highlights and analysis from the event at 7pm Eastern on Time Warner’s cn|2.

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