Grimes pushes her jobs plan and a message that McConnell is out of touch in new online video

02/11/2014 03:10 PM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes argues in its latest online video that Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is out of touch with areas of the state including McConnell’s hometown of Louisville.

The video, first shown to the crowd at Grimes’ policy speech in Louisville earlier this month, features Louisville resident Tanesha Booker telling her story and explaining why McConnell needs to be replaced in Washington in order for her 6-year-old daughter to have a better future.

“When I think about Mitch McConnell concerning my daughter’s future, it makes me nervous,” Booker says in the video. “In 31 years, Mitch McConnell has not done anything for my community. He has not created any jobs, he hasn’t cared about our community at all.”

Booker goes on to say that unlike McConnell, Grimes cares about the Louisville community and wants to help create jobs, a message in line with the Grimes’ campaign’s push to contrast themselves with McConnell with a jobs plan released last month.

The video is also a way for the campaign to illustrate the message that McConnell, who is from Louisville and still lives in the city when not in Washington, is out of touch with the residents of Louisville and Kentuckians as a whole, one of the central themes of her policy speech in the strongly Democratic area.

At the event in Louisville, speakers like Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth bashed McConnell for not coming to the area saying McConnell has kept a promise not to campaign west of 9th street in the area. And in his introduction to the video, state Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, said McConnell has voted against the residents of the area “over and over and over again”.

Challengers have often used the out-of-touch argument against longtime incumbents. But it’s not as if McConnell has a residency problem, like former Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, who lost his primary in 2012 in part because he essentially was living most of the time in Washington. McConnell has maintained a home in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville.

Also featured in the ad is Charles Booker, Tanesha’s husband, who has worked as an aide to many of the city’s top Democrats, according to WFPL .

WFPL’s Phillip Bailey reports that Booker has worked on Congressman Yarmuth’s last two re-election campaigns and was an intern for state Sen. Neal in 2010 before starting work at the Legislative Research Commission where he is currently.

When Bailey asked if knowledge of the family’s connection to Democratic politics would change a viewer’s perception, “the Grimes campaign told WFPL that Tanesha Booker lives in the community and cares about her fellow citizens”.


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