McConnell campaign: 12-year old’s suicidal thoughts OK to attack, but mountaintop removal “doesn’t quite test as well”

While Sen. Mitch McConnell is attempting to deflect criticism over his campaign’s jolly laugh at the thoughts of attacking Ashley Judd over her history of depression, suicidal thoughts as a 12-year old, and her Christianity — with rather hilarious pity party accusations of “Gestapo” and “Nixonian” tactics against him by the mysterious “left” with no evidence whatsoever at the moment — there was another aspect of the Mother Jones tape that caught our eye.

As McConnell’s campaign advisers went over the various attack lines against Judd — much of which was not-so-mysteriously leaked to conservative media outlets over the foll0wing weeks — there was one line of attack that they didn’t think would work against Judd, that being her opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining. Why? Apparently, Kentuckians aren’t big fans of this mining practice, either.

From the tape:

McConnell campaign adviser: “I’ve omitted all of her mountaintop removal stuff. It’s a whole separate category. It doesn’t quite test as well.”

As we wrote in this week’s LEO out today, there is a widely held perception that opposition to mountaintop removal is toxic for candidates in Kentucky, despite very little, if any, evidence of this in polling.

Based on this statement, McConnell’s campaign didn’t find any evidence to support this, either…


  1. CoolerKing
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    What is it with Mitch McConnell and his attacks on 12-year-old kids? I think he must be some kind of psychopath.

  2. Andy
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Opposition to mountaintop removal isn’t toxic to voters. It’s toxic to raising money from coal and utility interests. Unfortunately, the latter will always supercede the former.

  3. Curtis Morrison
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Impressed. Well-done.