Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over healthcare GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE’s (R-Ky.) campaign launched a new radio ad that calls attacks from his primary challenger Matt Bevin “absurd, wrong and ridiculous.”
“Matt Bevin and out-of-state special interest groups are attacking Mitch McConnell. Nothing new. But can you believe them?” a narrator opens the ad.
The narrator quotes PolitiFact calling Bevin's attacks “absurd," adding they were “about what you’d expect from Matt Bevin, who claimed on his resume that he went to prestigious MIT, when he didn't even attend.”
Of the SCF, the narrator points to a recent report that the group, which pushes fiscal conservatism, owns an expensive townhouse in D.C.
“Press reports reveal that they solicit money from people under the guise of advocating for conservative principles but then spend it on a $1.4 million luxury townhouse with a wine cellar and hot tub in Washington, D.C.,” the narrator says.
“So the attacks on McConnell? Absurd, wrong and ridiculous,” the narrator closes.
Bevin's spokeswoman, Rachel Semmel, charged it's McConnell's who's lobbing false attacks.
"Mitch McConnell can run from his record of supporting higher taxes and increased spending, but he can't hide behind false mudslinging. The more Kentuckians are realizing this career politician says one thing in the Commonwealth and does something different in Washington, they are flocking to conservative alternative Matt Bevin," she said.
And SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins suggested the ad was an indication the group's attacks are working.
"Mitch McConnell is clearly in trouble in this primary or he wouldn't be attacking Matt Bevin and declaring war on conservatives. Mitch McConnell isn't upset because SCF rents a townhouse for office space; he's upset because we're spending money on radio and TV ads that expose his record of voting for bailouts, more debt, higher taxes, and Obamacare funding," he said.
McConnell is favored in his primary against Bevin but has seen persistent opposition from conservatives, and just this week faced a lukewarm reception at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
If he wins his primary, McConnell is expected to take on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.
— This piece was updated at 10 a.m. to reflect comment from Bevin and the SCF.