McConnell campaign questions Grimes' attendance record as secretary of state in new ad

09/30/2014 01:07 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign is hammering his Democratic opponent for skipping work as secretary of state in a new television ad released Tuesday.

The spot, titled “Absences,” is scheduled to air statewide and further ingrains a common theme for McConnell by linking Alison Lundergan Grimes with Democratic President Barack Obama, a highly unpopular figure in Kentucky.

The ad features video of Grimes telling The Courier-Journal’s editorial board in 2011 that she would serve her four-year term if elected secretary of state.

“Sound familiar?” a narrator asks.

The ad then switches to a clip of Obama on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in January 2006, when he said he would serve his full six-year term in the Senate.

“But Obama and Grimes both broke their promises in order to campaign for higher office,” the narrator says.

The ad can be seen here:

McConnell’s spot also takes Grimes to task for collecting her $117,000 salary as secretary of state while showing an empty parking space, allegedly Grimes’, at the state Capitol.

Grimes’ campaign has questioned McConnell’s lack of attendance at Senate agriculture committee meetings, releasing multiple ads on the topic.

The television ad comes the same day video surfaced of a reporter with The Lexington Herald-Leader asking Grimes about her attendance record as secretary of state while she campaigns for the U.S. Senate.

“I’m doing my job as secretary of state,” Grimes said in the video.

The exchange, posted to the conservative super PAC America Rising, can be seen here:

Grimes’ campaign “will gladly stack McConnell’s shameful record of skipping work against Alison’s record of standing up for Kentuckians any day,” spokeswoman Charly Norton said in a statement.

“Unlike Mitch McConnell who has missed 93 percent of Senate committee meetings, Alison Lundergan Grimes has never missed a Board of Elections meeting as Secretary of State,” Norton said. “It’s clear that McConnell remains desperate as he tries to distract voters from the fact that he’s been absent on issues important to Kentucky.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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