Pro-McConnell group's TV ad seeks to reconnect Grimes to Obama even as Grimes tries to distance herself

06/04/2014 01:32 PM

While Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes distances herself from President Barack Obama over new coal emission rules, the message of an independent group backing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is: Not so fast.

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is using $575,000 in ad time for a new television spot to tie Grimes to Obama and the coal regulations the administration released on Monday.

“Her record? Grimes was silent as Obama attacked coal…and she endorsed his re-election, fully supporting Obama’s liberal platform. She talks tough now but Alison Grimes is for Obama, not Kentucky,” an announcer says as interlaced images of Obama and Grimes play across the screen.

The Coalition, a 501©4 group that’s allowed to conduct issue advocacy during campaigns, is running the ad as part of a more than $4.66 million purchase of ad time through Aug. 28. The ad is slated to run statewide on broadcast and cable TV starting Thursday.

Grimes launched her own multimedia attack against Obama on the new EPA rules with print and radio advertisements backed with six-figure ad buys.

“It’s clear you have no idea how this affects Kentucky. Coal supplies 92 percent of our state’s electricity. Your new regulations will lead to severe rate increases, shortages of power and the loss of even more coal jobs,” Grimes said in her ad running now.

Scott Jennings, who is the senior advisor to the coalition, said that Grimes is only talking tough on Obama and coal.

“Grimes now says she will ‘fiercely oppose’ Obama, but she didn’t look so fierce at the Democratic National Convention boldly supporting his reelection as an Obama delegate. That’s like dropping a rotten egg into a punch bowl and then ‘fiercely opposing’ the taste,” said Jennings.

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