Chatter: McConnell campaign leans on Bevin to take down first TV ad; GOP poll shows McConnell leading

07/25/2013 10:24 AM

It’s only the second day of Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin’s campaign against five- term incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and already McConnell’s campaign team for is trying to get Bevin’s ad off the air.

The Hill is reporting that an attorney for McConnell’s campaign sent a letter to Louisville television station alleging the ad violates federal campaign law because of a lack of an on-screen disclaimer.

In the letter obtained by The Hill, McConnell’s campaign attorney requests the station “immediately cease airing the ad.”

“As counsel to McConnell Senate Committee ‘14, we write to inform you that Matt Bevin’s authorized campaign committee, Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate, is running an advertisement on your station that contains inadequate disclaimers in violation of federal law. As a result of the violation described more fully below, we urge your station to immediately cease airing Mr. Bevin’s advertisement.”

New Republican poll has McConnell out front in 2014 Senate race

A new poll by heavily Republican leaning Wenzel Startegies shows McConnell has a wide berth on GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin, and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Politico first released the results of the survey that shows McConnell leading Bevin by nearly 40 points, 59 percent to 20 percent, among Republican primary voters.

The poll also shows McConnell leading Grimes by 8 points, 48 percent to 40 percent. Which Politico says has not changed from a survey Wenzel did last month.

Democrats had been fundraising on a poll they said showed Grimes and McConnell tied 45 percent to 45 percent, but calls placed last week to the Kentucky Democratic Party about the poll were never returned to Pure Politics.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul polled the highest among politicians in the state with 61 percent favorability rating. And Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is reported having a 56 percent favorable rating.

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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