Republicans use Grimes' silence on coal during fundraiser with Reid in new ad buy

06/16/2014 05:51 PM

A secret recording of a fundraiser with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the focus of a new line of attacks from Republicans hitting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on the issue of coal.

Politico was first to report about the ad, titled “Caught”, which will begin airing statewide Tuesday. According to Politico, the ad buy from conservative group Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is worth $575,000.

In the ad, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition points to an audio recording of Grimes at a fundraiser with Sen. Reid where she does not mention coal during her eleven minute speech. Prior to the event, the Grimes campaign said the candidate would use the event to discuss the proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations and the effect they would have on Kentuckians.

“Alison Grimes talks tough in Kentucky, but she is two-faced,” a narrator says in the 30-second ad. “Because behind closed doors in Washington when it counts, she doesn’t fight for Kentucky.”

The Grimes campaign pointed to previous fact checks of other ads from the group to discredit the group’s message in the ad.

As for whether or not Grimes has actually spoken to Reid about coal, here is what he said about the issue:

“Alison Lundergan Grimes has spoken against the president’s proposed EPA rules to me many times, including last Thursday,” Reid said in a statement referring to the fundraiser. “In fact, she has spoken with me about protecting Kentucky families by opposing the president’s EPA rule far more times than Senator McConnell has, since Senator McConnell has not raised the issue with me once or sought to meet with me to discuss his ideas on this issue.”

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