The Chatter: McConnell in NYC with Trump, Grimes puts out another ad on missed meetings

09/22/2014 11:56 AM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new ad Monday morning again hitting Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on his absence from committee meetings in Washington.

The missed meetings have been a common attack from the Grimes campaign as they released an ad on the topic the day before Grimes and McConnell met at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Candidate Forum.

At the forum, McConnell addressed the absences from the committee by stating that his job as a leader of his chamber sometimes pulls him away from such meetings but that he remains a voting member of the committee so that he can be present during votes important to Kentucky.

The Grimes campaign, though, argued again in the new ad that McConnell thinks other events are more important than his role on the committee.

“He didn’t show up to vote on troop funding, the farm bill, and the VA … on days he found time for a lobbyist fundraiser and was on two TV shows. Skipped a meeting on rural jobs but toasted the Chinese Vice President for “China’s great achievements,” the narrator says in the ad. “And the rest of the time, he created gridlock.”

McConnell visiting Donald Trump in NYC
Senator McConnell will be visiting with Donald Trump Monday to speak about the mogul doing robo calls in Kentucky.

Politico was first to report about the trip, saying Trump said on Fox News that McConnell and New Hampshire U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown would be visiting him to get calls done in their races.

From the Politico story:

“Mitch McConnell is coming up [Monday] who I have been supporting. … They just want support and Scott Brown is coming up to see me, I mean a lot of people come up to see me,” Trump said.

Trump cited his “very unblemished” record and said his robocalls are “listened to more than anybody else’s robo” as reasons that senators and other Republican candidates reach out to him at election time. In 2012, Trump made robocalls for Mitt Romney in several states.

“They come up to see me and if I can help and if I like the people and I believe in the people I will take the time and do what I have to do,” Trump said.

Grimes also in NYC?
While the Grimes campaign sent out the Politico story about McConnell and Trump and also tweeted about the meeting, Grimes could also be in New York City according to an invite for an Emily’s List Conference.

The conference, scheduled for Monday, originally stated that Grimes would be a speaker at the event for the group which supports mainly women candidates with pro-choice stances and has endorsed Grimes.

The original invite can be seen below:

The group’s site now has an invitation that does not feature Grimes’ name. The Grimes campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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