McConnell camp tries to make hay out of Grimes' European model posing as a miner

06/05/2014 05:25 PM

UPDATED: Republicans sought to ridicule Democratic candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign Thursday after POLITICO reported that an early version of a Grimes newspaper ad used a stock photo of a European model posing as a miner.

The Grimes campaign told Politico that the mistake was made by the design firm and was caught before the ad was sent to be printed in newspapers in eastern and western Kentucky. The firm replaced that photo with a stock picture using a different model as the miner. Grimes is using the ads to criticize President Barack Obama and the EPA over new regulations aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants.

The second model’s photo, like that of the European model, came from the website Shutterstock where the same model is photographed as a doctor, painter and various other professions.

The two campaigns have taken two weeks to go back and forth over how to conduct debates to highlight the differences between McConnell and Grimes for voters. Meanwhile, the campaigns have spent research time pointing out who uses stock photos for illustrations of talking points. The Grimes campaign pointed to commercially-available pictures of guns that McConnell’s campaign posted to Facebook to highlight gun rights.

Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton confirmed that the new photo in the fixed ad (shown above) was still a stock photo from the same website but that it was taken by an American photographer.

The same photo has been used in publications in other countries as well.

Earlier this year, McConnell campaign released an ad that showed Duke winning the national championship instead of the University of Kentucky and Grimes called McConnell out of touch because of the mistake and still does in many of her speeches.

Similarly, the McConnell campaign said this mistake on such a big issue hurts her credibility on the issue.

“On the same day she’s in DC raising money with Harry Reid and other anti-coal Washington liberals, we find out that Alison Lundergan Grimes is so out of touch with coal country that she can’t even tell the difference between a European model and a Kentucky coal miner,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.


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