Lundergan Grimes ad accuses McConnell of political arson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer 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.