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Thursday, October 20, 2016

WATCH: Kentucky Race Turns Uglier As ‘Bailout Bevin’ Slams ‘Mudslinging Mitch’

Matt Bevin, the Tea Party-backed businessman challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Republican nomination in Kentucky’s 2014 U.S. Senate race, has released a new ad attacking the five-term incumbent for his negative campaigning.

The 30-second ad rips McConnell for describing the passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 — described in the ad as “the Wall Street bailout” — as “the Senate at its finest.”

“After 30 years in Washington, voting for one bailout after another, slinging mud is all Senator McConnell has left,” the ad charges.

Bevin’s ad is a response to the brutal attack ad that McConnell’s campaign released in July, which criticized Bevin’s business record and labeled him “Bailout Bevin.”

The accelerating ad war is a sign of things to come in the Kentucky Senate race, which is expected to be among the most negative — and expensive — races in the country. In addition to the skirmish over who loves government bailouts more, Bevin is also aggressively pushing McConnell to sign on to the right-wing plan to refuse to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government unless it defunds Obamacare.

Although Bevin remains an extreme longshot to actually win the nomination, a negative primary that pushes McConnell even further to the right could make him even more vulnerable in the general election. According to the latest poll of the race, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes currently holds a narrow lead over the minority leader — and will certainly benefit from the ability to consolidate support while McConnell and Bevin tear each other apart.

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  • michaelross

    It’s sort of like watching the Xenomorphs and the Predators ripping each others’ limbs off. No, we don’t care who wins, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a hoot to watch.

  • tevroc143

    Both are exactly what Americans cannot stand, nor need in government. I hope in the end, Grimes wins and gives Kentucky a chance to have a reasonable voice in the Senate.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Following the Kentucky Republican Senate race is kind of like watching a Demolition Derby. You really don’t care about who wins. You only go to see the mayhem. My only hope is whoever wins this comes out so battered and broke that Grimes walks all over him in the general election.

  • Rene Isaac-martin

    Right, you are!

  • Tom S Brown

    Is it possible that the son of Howdy Doody will finally have to get a real job after 30 years of free loading off the public dole? Well, he can always become a dirtbag lobbyist! That would fit in with his way of no life, low life. Just think, he become a millionaire serving the public.

    • BillP

      I always thought McConnell had a strange resemblance to Howdy Doody too. We must be old enough to know whay Howdy Doody was.

      • latebloomingrandma

        Wasn’t there a character with a grouchy face called Mr. Bluster? I think that’s who he looks like—-or one of the old guy muppets in the balcony.

        • Jon Savage

          statle or waldorf – the 2 grumpy muppets in the balcony

        • metrognome3830

          Maybe Mrs. Doody had an affair with Mr. Bluster.

  • ayungclas

    Glad I don’t live in KY.

    • Charlie McKenna

      I went to Georgetown College in KY until they kicked me out.I was there for 2.5 years. For me KY will always be a beautiful place, it is just a real pity the Kentuckians are there. By the way getting kicked out was ultimately a good thing and is not the reason I feel as I do.

  • Allan Richardson

    For a more civil struggle, go down to the Everglades and watch the battle between our own American alligator (alligator mississippiensis) against the invading Asian pythons discarded by pet owners when they grew too big to cage. One photo taken a few years ago shows a python and an alligator trying to swallow each other.

    Similarly, it is fun to watch Republican extremists try to consume one another, but once someone wins, it could be a disaster for America.