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Sen. McConnell assails his primary challenger as ‘Bailout Bevin’

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign released a Web ad on Monday assailing his GOP primary challenger as an “unreliable” conservative who once worked with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to secure a “taxpayer bailout” for one of his companies.

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“When Bevin’s Connecticut company needed help, he turned to Washington’s most liberal senator ... and then, Bevin’s companies got $200,000 in taxpayer bailouts,” text from the ad reads. “Bailout Bevin — not a Kentucky conservative.”

The Bevin campaign shot back, calling the ad “misleading.”

“Mitch McConnell can make all the misleading Web videos in the world,” Bevin spokeswoman Sarah Durand said. “But it doesn’t change the fact that he voted for amnesty three times, the Wall Street bailout, the Fannie and Freddie bailout, debt limit increases, massive tax increases, and pay raises for himself, and now, he’s refusing to defund ObamaCare.”
 
The ad continuously loops comments Bevin made earlier this month at the Kentucky Fancy Farm picnic, in which he encouraged Democrats to cheer for one of his criticisms of McConnell.

“We’re on the same team here, I’ll tell you that much,” Bevin is shown saying over and over again.

The ad also seeks to highlight cases in which Bevin has rebelled against the Republican establishment, portraying it as evidence he’s just “trying to make trouble” for the incumbent.

Bevin won’t commit to backing McConnell if the Senate minority leader wins the primary, and he voted for the Constitution Party candidate in 2004, a fact the McConnell ad cites to say he “effectively supported John Kerry for president.” 

Daniel Horowitz, the policy director for Madison Project, a conservative PAC that has endorsed Bevin, told The Hill in a statement that the ad is evidence that McConnell is seeking to distract voters from his record.
 
"When Matt Bevin was working to create jobs in the private sector, Washington, D.C. Insider Mitch McConnell was voting to bail out his pals on Wall Street,” he said. “It’s embarrassing that after 30 years in Washington, he has nothing to say about his own record.  He refuses to join the fight to defund Obamacare, and has failed to show any leadership against Obama’s reckless amnesty proposal and his liberal executive nominees."

Updated at 8:11 p.m.