McConnell takes hits from all sides, including from within as Blue Devils make cameo in video

03/25/2014 11:05 AM

U.S. Senate candidates Matt Bevin and Alison Lundergan Grimes are launching attack ads this week targeting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on issues ranging from minimum wage and the bank bailouts.

Meanwhile, McConnell’s campaign staff told media outlets they were “horrified” to learn that the Duke Blue Devils — instead of the University of Kentucky — were mistakenly included in McConnell’s latest positive video.

McConnell continued his cinematic campaign ad oeuvre produced by filmmaker Lucas Baiano. But, the first version of the ad posted online included a clip of the Duke men’s basketball team celebrating — rather than Kentucky.

McConnell’s campaign quickly noted the shot was an error and changed the video.

“The ad was intended to highlight Kentucky’s basketball dominance and obviously the web ad vendor has become so accustomed to watching national championship celebrations in the bluegrass state that they made a mistake with one of the images. Obviously, we were horrified by the error and quickly changed it,” McConnell’s spokeswoman Allison Moore said.

The thrust of the changed video focuses on what the nation might be like with McConnell as majority leader of the U.S. Senate.

Grimes, the leading Democratic candidate in the race, is refocusing her attacks on McConnell as the “Senator of Yesterday.”

The line first appeared in Grimes’ speech in Hopkinsville last week. And Grimes’ campaign says that will be a theme of attacks against McConnell via press releases and online media platforms.

Meanwhile GOP primary challenger Bevin continues his attack from McConnell’s right flank with a new radio ad focused on McConnell’s “resume.”

The ad is presented in the form of an interview with McConnell that focuses on McConnell’s long career in government and the 2008 bank bailout. McConnell’s campaign quickly pounced on Bevin’s resume last summer, pointing out that Bevin was misleading voters by claiming that he attended an MIT program when the seminar was only held at the prestigious school’s campus.

Here’s Bevin’s ad:

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



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