Lundergan Grimes ad accuses McConnell of political arson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) taking credit for ending the government shutdown is like an arsonist taking credit for putting out a fire he started, says a hard-hitting new Web ad from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

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"He calls himself a 'proud guardian of gridlock.' He's blocked the Senate over 400 times then voted to shut down the government, hurting Kentucky's economy," the ad's narrator says as a house is engulfed in flames. "Mitch McConnell can't light the house on fire then claim credit for putting it out — especially while it's still burning."

The ad is a sign that McConnell's deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling might have helped him against attacks of gridlock in the race. The Lundergan Grimes campaign has zeroed in on that charge since she launched her bid against McConnell.