New Grimes Ads Crushed By Fact Checkers

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October 23, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Grimes’ “Credibility On The Line” As Fact Checkers Call New Ads “Deceptive” And The “Worst Ad” Of The Year

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information after Alison Lundergan Grimes’ new ads were crushed by fact checkers.

"Alison Grimes is running what fact checkers call the 'worst ad of a nasty campaign year,' and she delivered the attack herself directly to camera.  It is one thing to rely exclusively on attack ads, but it is quite another for her to personally look Kentuckians in the eye and knowingly lie to them with a claim so outlandish even non-partisan analysts say she ought to be ashamed of herself. The fact that Alison Grimes is able, let alone willing, to execute such an attack personally raises serious character questions," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

“Fight for Jobs” Ad

Grimes Ad Is The “Worst Ad” Of The Year. “Most striking, Grimes puts her own credibility on the line by uttering these recidivist claims herself, rather than relying on an unseen narrator. We realize that the game of politics is sometimes played rough in Kentucky, but this ad is beyond the pale. Indeed, it is likely the worst ad of a nasty campaign year.” (Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

Glenn Kessler: “Grimes should be ashamed of herself. Four Pinocchios” (Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

“So let’s review. Grimes first makes a nonsense claim that McConnell should have somehow arranged for scrubbers in a privately-owned plant that would have sent utility rates soaring.”(Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

In The Ad, Grimes Doubles Down On A Previous Four Pinocchio Claim. “This particular ad is especially noteworthy because the candidate herself repeats a claim that The Fact Checker has already deemed worthy of Four Pinocchios. Not only does she double down on this falsehood, but she makes another highly questionable assertion as well.” (Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

Grimes Claim On Big Sandy “Makes Little Sense”. “Grimes and McConnell have both been critical of the environmental regulations, but her assertion that “McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions” makes little sense. First, it’s unclear why a senator would be seeking to provide scrubbers to an investor-owned company. Second, going the scrubber route would have jacked up utility rates for what is already one of the poorest parts of the state.” (Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

Grimes Ad Is At Odds With Her Stated Disapproval Of EPA Regulations. “But, despite McConnell’s negative vote, the spending bills were approved and the investments were made anyway. (The argument also seems at odds with her rhetoric that the regs are bad in the first place.)” (Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

Grimes Claim On Pocketing Anti-Coal Money Is “Strong Words For A Claim That Has Been Thoroughly Debunked”. “Then Grimes really goes into the ditch when she asserts that “Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg” and pledges that “no New York anti-coal billionaire will ever buy me off.” Those are pretty strong words for a claim that has been thoroughly debunked. We can only assume that polling suggests that mentioning Bloomberg has resonance in the hollows of coal country. But let’s review the claim again.”(Glenn Kessler, “Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio,” Washington Post, 10/23/14)

 “Hurting Us” Ad

Grimes Attacks Sen. McConnell For Voting For A Bill That President Obama, Sec. Geithner, And Nancy Pelosi Supported. “Thought you’d seen it all this political season? An ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell for his vote on a bill that President Obama praised, and even thanked McConnell by name for supporting. The Grimes ad says McConnell “even voted to end the payroll tax credit” and refers in small print to McConnell’s vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal that permanently extended the Bush tax cuts for most but allowed a temporary payroll tax cut to expire. All but three Democrats also voted for the bill, and the expiration of the payroll tax holiday was even  supported by the likes of Obama’s treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House.” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org, 10/23/14)

Grimes Ad Also Is “Cherry-Picking” The Facts In Order To Make Her Claims. “The ad also paints McConnell as “a multimillionaire who voted repeatedly for pay raises for himself and other senators.” But the ad is cherry-picking, ignoring other votes McConnell has cast to prevent automatic pay increases for members of Congress. And the fact that McConnell is a multimillionaire has less to do with his congressional pay and much more to do with his wife’s money.” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org, 10/23/14)

Grimes Ad “Stretches The Facts”. “This latest Grimes ad, titled “Hurting Us,” stretches the facts to make the point that McConnell has enriched himself while voting against bills that could boost the economic well-being of Kentuckians.” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org, 10/23/14)

Sen. McConnell Supported Previous Payroll Tax Holiday Extensions. “Indeed, McConnell ended up supporting a bipartisan compromise bill in February 2012 that extended the payroll tax holiday for another year, but was not offset with a tax increase on millionaires (or any other taxes or spending cuts).” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org, 10/23/14)

Sen. McConnell’s Vote On The Fiscal Cliff Deal Was Not A Vote To End The Payroll Tax Holiday. “In any event, an extension of the payroll tax cut was not included in the fiscal cliff compromise deal — known as the  American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 — that was reached on New Year’s Day in 2013. McConnell voted for the bipartisan deal, which permanently extended Bush-era tax cuts for everyone except for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000 a year. Technically, it was not a “vote to end” the payroll tax holiday. The 2012 payroll tax cut contained a sunset provision, and it was simply allowed to expire.” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org, 10/23/14)

“The ad is also deceptively worded when it links the pay raises to the fact that McConnell is a multimillionaire.” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org,10/23/14)

Grimes’ Ad Claims Sen. McConnell Opposed Tax Credits For Small Businesses, Yet He Voted For A Republican Alternative. “We only note that there were different visions for small-business tax relief, and McConnell preferred the Republican one. The vote against the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act fell almost entirely along partisan lines, with just two Republicans supporting it, and one Democrat against it.” (Robert Farley, “Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell,” FactCheck.org, 10/23/14)

 

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