LOUISVILLE - Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the attack again Tuesday with a new TV ad featuring an out-of-work Appalachian coal miner who questions Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's commitment to job growth.
The 30-second ad airing across Kentucky seeks to capitalize on McConnell's off-the-cuff comments to an eastern Kentucky newspaper in the spring.
The Beattyville Enterprise reported that the five-term Republican senator said it is "not my job" to bring employment to struggling Lee County, where the jobless rate was 11.1 percent in May. McConnell said his comments were taken out of context, but the newspaper editor stood by his story.
In the Grimes ad, unemployed coal miner David Stanley of Putney, Kentucky, looks into the camera and says: "Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we've lost almost half of our coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. Why'd you say it's not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?"
Grimes, sitting next to Stanley, replies: "I couldn't believe he said that either." The two were shown sitting outside a country store where a sign in the window says "Coal Feeds My Family." Grimes said job growth would be her top priority if elected to the Senate.
Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst called McConnell's comment to the newspaper "a defining moment of this race."
"As our campaign continues highlighting this telling moment, more and more Kentuckians will be shocked to know that their senior senator honestly believes it is not his responsibility to bring jobs back to the commonwealth," Hurst said.