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 StrangeThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart 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 McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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.”


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 SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand 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.