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February 6, 2016

Liberal Group Launches Ad Targeting McConnell on Gun Control

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal third-party group, began airing an ad Tuesday in Kentucky targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on gun control.

“As a gun owner and a veteran, I support the plan to ban assault weapons and keep guns out of the wrong hands, because I know these guns. I know what they can do,” an older man says in the ad. “Senator Mitch McConnell has taken thousands of dollars from gun manufacturers, and he opposes common sense reforms. Senator McConnell, whose side are you on?”

The ad is backed by a small buy — $27,700 over a week — on broadcast television and cable in two Kentucky television markets: Louisville and Lexington. It’s also on cable television in the Washington, D.C., media market, according to a PCCC spokesman.

“Sen. McConnell knew that protecting Kentucky from President Obama’s gun control agenda would result in a flurry of attack ads from left-wing groups,” said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton in a statement. “It’s no secret to Kentuckians that Leader McConnell is a stalwart supporter of their Second Amendment rights and George Soros funded commercials aren’t going to change that.”

McConnell is likely to be buffeted by a lot of negative ads this cycle. As the top Senate Republican, he’s a major target. But, early in the cycle, he appears to be in good shape for re-election.


    This ad targets on gun control, but McConnell has failed his fiduciary function and responsibility to the people of his state and the country. When his bigoted opinions trump his responsibilities as a statesman and openly determines that he will not allow any positive acts or legislation to pass, he has failed all Americans. President Obama has accomplished more than ever, even after the combative and confrontational TEA-types used a scorched earth approach.

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