Team Mitch Response To Another False TV AD From Alison Lundergan Grimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 22, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information disproving the latest false TV ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

“‎It says a lot about the character of a candidate when she bases her entire campaign on mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods. We're one year into Alison Lundergan Grimes' candidacy and the only factual argument for her campaign is that she's Barack Obama's Kentucky candidate," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

Background:

Contrary To The Grimes Ad, Sen. McConnell Specifically Mentioned “Protecting Jobs” In The Coal Industry From Obama Regulations. “He did say that he is responsible for protecting jobs by ‘pushing back’ against the Obama Administration’s restrictions on the coal industry.” (“McConnell says not his job to bring jobs,” The Beattyville Enterprise, 4/24/14)

Contradicting The Headline Of The Beattyville Article, Sen. McConnell Also Said That He Was “Interested” In Bring Public Works Projects Back To Kentucky. “Asked about public works projects McConnell said he is interested in bringing public works to the state.”(“McConnell says not his job to bring jobs,” The Beattyville Enterprise, 4/24/14)

Sen. McConnell’s Words Were Taken Out Of Context By Editor Edmund Shelby, He Says Jobs Are A “Top Priority”. “McConnell has said the local reporter took his comments out of context, and in clarifying the comments asserted that jobs are a “top priority” of his. “This April, I visited Lee County to talk about a top priority of mine: jobs. Unfortunately, it seems my message got lost in translation, and I was surprised to see a headline about my visit that sent the exact opposite message to the one I was trying to convey,” he said. He added: “Encouraging positive economic development and job growth is at the center of what I do every day. At the federal level I support policies to try to improve the economy as a whole which in turn will help preserve and create Kentucky’s jobs.” (Alexandra Jaffe, “McConnell under fire for jobs remark,” The Hill, 4/25/14)

Grimes Previous Attacks Have Been Faulted As Less Than True By Non-partisan Fact Checkers. “In June, the non-partisan Politifact rated Grimes claim as "half-true" that McConnell said it was not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky.” (Joe Arnold, “In second attack ad, Grimes hits McConnell on 'not my job' comment,” WHAS, 7/22/14)

PolitiFact On Previous Grimes Attacks On This Subject: “They are glossing over some nuances in what he said by selectively quoting the report” (Lauren Carroll, Alison Lundergan Grimes charges that Mitch McConnell says "it's not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky”,” PolitiFact, 6/6/14)

Sen. McConnell’s Remarks At The Event Where The Beattyville Enterprise Interview Took Place Were Dedicated To “The Economy And Jobs”. “Shelby didn't electronically record the exchange, and he didn't stay for the luncheon -- where McConnell made remarks about the economy and jobs.” (Lauren Carroll, Alison Lundergan Grimes charges that Mitch McConnell says "it's not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky”,” PolitiFact, 6/6/14)

Al Cross: Sen. McConnell Has A “Long History” Of Crafting Legislation That “Helps Preserve And Protect Jobs In This State”. “Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky, said McConnell can point to a record to support his view. McConnell has a "long history of doing earmarks and other legislation that helps create and preserve jobs in the state," he said.” (Lauren Carroll, Alison Lundergan Grimes charges that Mitch McConnell says "it's not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky”,” PolitiFact, 6/6/14) 

FactCheck.org: No Record Of Grimes Making Statements About Coal “Prior To Announcing Her Senate Candidacy.” “We couldn’t find any public statements from Grimes regarding coal prior to her announcing her Senate candidacy, nor did her campaign provide any when we asked.” (Robert Farley, “Correcting Kentucky Claim On Coal,” FactCheck.org, 6/9/14)

 

 

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