McConnell touting legislative victory for Kentucky fishermen in new ad

07/31/2014 09:52 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is touting his influence in a new ad on a 2013 legislative victory allowing boaters to fish below the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River.

The 60 second television ad features Western Kentuckians who say that if it were not for McConnell interceding in the decision to block fishing below the dams their economy, which is reliant on tourism, would have been devastated.

“It protected our economy around here, it protected our local businessmen,” said Lyon County Judge Executive, Wade White. “Sen. McConnell’s leadership position was essential in passing Freedom to Fish and pushing it over the top.”

At the time, the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to restrict access near the 10 dams along the Cumberland River because of powerful currents that can capsize boats and drown fisherman.

In April of 2013 McConnell along with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield and Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander held a press conference and promoted the ‘Freedom to Fish Act’ and urged the Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to halt plans to erect barricades along the Cumberland River.

The legislation has been a point of reference in McConnell’s re-election campaign stump speeches and online ads since June of 2013.


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