Grimes' ad series continues with new TV spot hitting McConnell on jobs comments

07/22/2014 09:36 AM

UPDATED: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is again bringing in Kentuckians to hit Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on various issues. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell about his role in job creation.

The Grimes campaign is running a series of ads during the election cycle where she sits with Kentuckians who ask a question of McConnell on his record.

And this time, it is comments made by McConnell in the Beattyville Enterprise interview when asked about what he was doing to bring jobs to the area where the paper is located, Lee county, McConnell said economic development in the state is “not my job” but is the job of legislators in Frankfort.

After the article came out, McConnell quickly said his comments were taken out of context and an article about the line of attack from Grimes by fact checker Politifact noted that the reporter in the story did not record the exchange with McConnell and did not stay for the event the Senator was there to speak at where he discussed jobs and the economy.

Grimes new ad features David Stanley who identifies himself as a resident of Putney, Kentucky—a coal town in Harlan county. Stanley asks McConnell:

“Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we’ve lost almost half of our coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky. Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?”

Grimes and Stanely then pause and wait for a response from McConnell before Grimes says “I couldn’t believe he said that either.”

In the same Beattyville Enterprise article, the reporter does say McConnell talked about defending coal jobs in the state.

“He did say that he is responsible for protecting jobs by ‘pushing back’ against the Obama Administration’s restrictions on the coal industry,” the reporter writes in the same story.

The first ad in the series faced criticism from fact checkers who disputed Grimes claims about McConnell and his voting history on Medicare.

And the McConnell campaign says the newest ad is another example of false attacks from the Grimes campaign.

“‎It says a lot about the character of a candidate when she bases her entire campaign on mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods. We’re one year into Alison Lundergan Grimes’ candidacy and the only factual argument for her campaign is that she’s Barack Obama’s Kentucky candidate,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.

In response to the reaction from the McConnell campaign, Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said McConnell can’t hide from his record on coal, saying he has not saved a single coal job during his 30 years in Washington.

“Our significant new ad buy capitalizes on a defining moment of this race in which McConnell got caught saying what he really thinks: it’s not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky. As our campaign continues highlighting this telling moment, more and more Kentuckians will be shocked to know that their senior senator honestly believes it is not his responsibility to bring jobs back to the Commonwealth,” Hurst said in the statement. “As Alison continues to talk about jobs, she remains the only candidate to put out a comprehensive jobs plan. Alison Lundergan Grimes will fight to put hardworking Kentuckians back to work in good-paying jobs in the U.S. Senate.”

In a story by the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman , the head of the Kentucky Coal Association said the claims made by Grimes in the ad are “frustrating” and not correct.

“It is unfair and untrue to blame U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for the loss of coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky,” Bissett told Youngman. “I can say with great confidence that Sen. McConnell and his staff have done everything they can to support Kentucky’s coal miners and coal production, but these efforts have been stopped at every turn in the United States Senate by Sen. Harry Reid, who currently sets the Senate’s agenda.”

You can read the full original story from the Beattyville Enterprise below:

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