By all accounts, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in for one absolute nightmare of a re-election fight next year. He’s going to be holding off an attack from his right flank as Tea Party darling Matt Bevin, which has become the ultimate nightmare for old guard Republicans in the post-Tea Party age, but he’s also going to be taking on a challenge from the left which is just as formidable. His presumed Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is young, dynamic, and clearly up for the fight. She’s already released a campaign video of her own, taking McConnell to task directly, and now another left-leaning group has released an anti-McConnell ad.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee just launched their first assault in Kentucky, debuting a new ad featuring Kirk Gillenwaters. Kirk is your average blue-collar worker, telling us in the ad that he started working at the Ford plant in Louisville as a young adult. “We work hard for these companies, and were promised a secure retirement.” Those simple words that Gillenwaters spoke is a message that should resonate with many in the state.
The ad, while put out by a group that is seeking to expand Social Security — a notion sure to make conservatives’ eyeballs fall out of their sockets — represents a large swath of Americans everywhere who worked for decades and saw their nest eggs, 401k accounts and property values plummet thanks to the reckless practices of banking and lending institutions that Senator McConnell has helped give more and more power and influence in Washington to. Those people are now watching Republicans like McConnell drag their feet instead of acting, claiming that dragging their feet is the best thing for the country, but how much longer will Americans accept that paradigm is the question that McConnell’s campaign needs to answer and soon.
What do you think of this ad? Do you think it will resonate with the working class in Kentucky?