McConnell, Grimes reach out to African American voters in new radio ads

10/21/2014 02:11 PM

African American voters are being targeted for their support in the Senate race by both U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes who are airing new ads on the radio this week.

McConnell’s ad features a familiar surrogate in the Senate campaign with Dr. Noelle Hunter of Morehead who says she supported Obama in the past and is now supporting McConnell in this election.

“Alison Grimes won’t say she voted for President Obama, but I will,” Hunter says in the ad. “I voted for President Obama twice. So you might be surprised to hear that I’m also voting for Mitch McConnell. And I think you should too. … As an African-American, I know from person experience that Mitch fights for our community and cares about us.”

Hunter has appeared in ads for McConnell speaking to McConnell’s influence as he helped bring home her daughter after she was taken by her ex-husband to Africa.

Grimes is tapping civil rights leader and former state Sen. Georgia Powers, the first African American and woman to hold a seat in Kentucky’s Senate. Powers brought civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson to Frankfort in 1964 as part of a rally to make public accommodations available to everyone regardless of race.

In the minute long ad, Powers says that there are “new challenges today” adding that McConnell and Republicans are “trying to take away our right to vote.”

“That’s why our community and faith leaders are rallying behind Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Powers says in the ad.

Drawing a parallel to her past Powers says that while she was the first woman in the state Senate Grimes could become the first Kentucky woman elected into the U.S. Senate.

The ad is the second radio ad from the Grimes campaign in the last week to target African Americans on the issue of voting rights. The campaign is using the same citations as their previous ad on a vote in 2002 McConnell made against extending voting rights to felons who have served their full term. Another bill introduced by McConnell aimed at requiring identification to be shown in order to vote is also cited.

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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