Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan-Grimes’ is falsely accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell of trying to take the vote away from blacks in the Bluegrass State.
In two new radio ads aired by Democrat Alison Lundergan-Grimes’ campaign, Kentucky civil rights leader Georgia Powers asserts that “Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are trying to take away our right to vote.”
The Grimes campaign bases this claim on McConnell’s 2002 vote against allowing convicted felons to vote, as well as a 2007 bill to implement a voter ID law.
McConnell’s spokesperson Allison Moore called the ads “disgusting.”
“This is the kind of ad an unscrupulous, losing candidate may have considered running 50 years ago that we all collectively hoped was left in the past,” Moore told the Herald-Leader.
Kentucky already has its own version of a voter ID law. But Grimes never disputed the law while working as Kentucky Secretary of State.
Republican National Committee’s communications director for black media, Orlando Watson, criticized the Grimes ads saying they smacked of “desperation.”
“These ads by the Grimes campaign are acts of desperation. They are racial rhetoric,” Watson said in a statement. “Rather than talk about issues of real concern to blacks like jobs, the economy, education, faith and family values, they resort to talking only about voting.”
Watson went on to say it was offensive for Grimes to claim that a vote against giving felons voting rights is a strike against the voting rights of all blacks.
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