Our story in LEO today expands on some of our Fatlip posts over the past week, showing the conservative backlash against Sen. Mitch McConnell over his deal brokered with the White House to raise the tax rates of the wealthy. John Kemper III, the Tea Party candidate who gave Adam Edelen all he could handle in the 2011 state auditor race, is quoted in the story predicting that outside conservative groups will descend on Kentucky and make life miserable for McConnell.
While Kemper likely meant later this year, or at least when a primary challenger has been announced, Politico reports this morning that the game has already begun:
A conservative advocacy group is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with a series of online ads in his home state for helping to negotiate the fiscal cliff deal.
“It’s a statement we’re making and I suspect there will be more statements that are going to be coming out,” said Brent Bozell, president of ForAmerica, which is pushing the ads. “It is a statement to make it emphatically clear that what the minority leader did was 100 percent unacceptable. Conservatives are going to hold him responsible for this.”
The ad buy is “five figures”and will be distributed through Google display ads and Facebook in Kentucky and also run on The Daily Caller and Drudge Report in Washington, D.C.
“When Republicans agree to do what they did agree to do, then they are just as much tax-and-spend Democrats as Democrats are,” Bozell said.
“Do I have any confidence that Republicans will stand by [McConnell’s] statements a couple of days ago that the talk about tax increases are over? None,” Bozell said. “It is a fluid situation. There are some serious battles coming up. I’m not writing off anything. If Republicans find their mojo and rediscovered their soul and try to do the right thing, we’ll support them, but they just can’t count on us anymore.”
At least McConnell doesn’t have any pictures out there of him hugging Obama that can be used against him…. or does he?
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This exists, apparently.
Have fun trying to appease the delusions of your new constituency, Mitch.
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Bozell hinted to WFPL that other conservative groups (Club for Growth? FreedomWorks?) might be on the way, too:
“I can’t speak for any other organization. What I can tell you is that I’ve spoken to the heads of many conservative organizations and there is outrage (at McConnell),” he says.