Tea-Party Group to Air TV Ad Attacking Mitch McConnell on Obamacare


Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell answers questions from reporters in his office in the capitol on Thursday, June 21, 2012. 
National Journal
Shane Goldmacher
Sept. 5, 2013, 6:20 a.m.

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A lead­ing tea-party group, the Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund, has booked a $340,000 tele­vi­sion-ad buy in Ken­tucky at­tack­ing Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell for his fail­ure to join the move­ment to de­fund Obama­care.

“Mc­Con­nell’s the Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­an lead­er, but he re­fuses to lead on de­fund­ing Obama­care,” says the ad, a copy of which was shared with Na­tion­al Journ­al. “What good is a lead­er like that?”

The ad is set to air from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17, ac­cord­ing to the group.

The Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund, which was foun­ded by former Sen. Jim De­Mint but is now in­de­pend­ent of him, has not en­dorsed Mc­Con­nell’s Re­pub­lic­an primary op­pon­ent, Matt Bev­in. The group, however, is openly con­sid­er­ing do­ing so and its ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or, Matt Hoskins, said in Ju­ly that Mc­Con­nell “needs to con­sider wheth­er it might be time to hang it up.” The fight to de­fund Pres­id­ent Obama’s health care law faces a key Oct. 1 dead­line, and the ad says, “Tell Mitch Mc­Con­nell to join the fight to stop Obama­care, be­fore it’s too late.”

In a state­ment, Hoskins said, “If there was ever a time when Ken­tucky needed Mitch Mc­Con­nell to de­liv­er, it is now. We hope he listens to the voters and finds the cour­age to lead.”

This is not the group’s first anti-Mc­Con­nell ad but the first one on tele­vi­sion. At the end of Au­gust, the Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund paid $47,000 for a two-week ra­dio buy ur­ging Mc­Con­nell to join the de­fund Obama­care move­ment.

The group, which has had the back­ing of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has also aired crit­ic­al ra­dio ads tar­get­ing Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., Lamar Al­ex­an­der, R-Tenn., Johnny Isak­son, R-Geor­gia, Thad Co­chran, R-Miss., and Jeff Flake, R-Ar­iz.

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