Republican super PAC spending $260k on ad aimed at calling Grimes 'Obama's cheerleader'

06/25/2013 03:48 PM

The campaign of surrogate groups in Kentucky’s 2014 U.S. Senate race continues as a GOP super PAC’s first ad seeks to tie prospective Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to President Barack Obama.

The ad, unveiled Tuesday, will be aired in Louisville, Lexington and Paducah markets, according to the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership website . The group is spending $260,000 on the initial salvo.

It comes in response to ads launched last week against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnelly by Democratic groups, including the Senate Majority PAC that launched a website 30 Years Is Too Long .

The Republican group’s ad claims Grimes would “stand with Obama,” who is not popular in Kentucky. The ad goes on to call Grimes “Obama’s cheerleader” even though Grimes has rarely uttered the president’s name. Even when she served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention last September, Grimes took pains to refer to Obama as the “Democratic nominee.”

Still, the ad implies that she’s the choice of Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

“President Obama and Harry Reid are looking for senators who would jam through Obama’s agenda — massive spending, Obamacare, the war on coal,” the ad says.

The GOP group filed paperwork with Federal Election Commission April 4. Its treasurer, Caleb Crosby, works for the Alabama Policy Institute and also serves as treasurer for GOP group American Crossroads that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last two election cycles.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership hasn’t been required to file a fundraising report yet, so its donors aren’t known. No one picked up at the Louisville phone number listed on the group’s FEC statement of organization.

Jonathan Hurst, a Democratic political consultant who has served as a political spokesman for Grimes, responded by text message to Pure Politics saying “Grimes won’t be bullied and Kentucky families won’t be fooled by these desperate and dishonest Washington tactics.”

He later said in a phone interview that Grimes will make a decision about whether she will run in 2014 soon.

“I do think it will be soon but there is no date set,” he said.

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