Bannon-linked group targets Strange in new ad

Bannon-linked group targets Strange in new ad
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A pro-Trump group with ties to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is going after Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Crowley surprise tops huge night for left MORE (R-Ala.) in a new ad

The ad by Great America Alliance casts Strange, who's facing a runoff election against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, as a Washington insider beholden to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (R-Ky.).

“It’s time to drain the swamp,” the ad says. “Take your voice to Washington, and vote for someone to represent you. On Sept. 26, don’t let the swamp take over Alabama.”

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The ad was first reported on by Politico

The ad also includes a clip of former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley saying that Strange was the "first person" mentioned by McConnell to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Key GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum MORE in February.

"I talked with Mitch McConnell, and the first person that he actually mentioned was Luther Strange," Bentley, who resigned earlier this year amid a sex scandal, says in the ad. "So Luther is not a stranger in Washington."

McConnell is backing Strange, while Bannon, who left the White House last month and returned to his post as executive chair of Breitbart News, is supporting Moore in the Sept. 26 runoff. Great America Alliance is also planning a digital advertisement supporting Moore. 

Just last week, Andy Surabian, Bannon's former political adviser in the Trump White House, joined Great America Alliance as a senior adviser. 

President Trump endorsed Strange last month ahead of the state's GOP Senate primary, though he has said little about the race since then.