NRSC attacks Democratic candidate for agreeing with Mitch McConnell (UPDATE)

Fresh off of being baited into a GOP primary battle by Matt Bevin in order to come to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s defense, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is now switching gears and attacking McConnell.

Seems odd, no? But the NRSC is not attacking McConnell to balance their scales and make up with Bevin. Instead, they are directly attacking McConnell’s votes in the Senate via an online attack ad against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, running for re-election against his Republican challenger, Congressman Tom Cotton, R-4.

As you can see in the ad below, Mark Pryor is apparently a liberal for voting to increase the debt ceiling and approve the TARP bailout (HR 3221, HR 1424 and S 365). And as you can also see when you look at those roll call votes, Mitch McConnell voted for them as well (with Mitch calling that TARP vote “the Senate at its finest“).

Safari from NRSC on Vimeo.

I wouldn’t expect the NRSC to help out Matt Bevin by airing a similar attack ad against McConnell in Kentucky. But then again, they don’t seem to be a finely tuned machine at this point.

Josh Holmes, call your (old) office….

**** UPDATE ****

In response to this hanging curveball, the Bevin campaign took this big uppercut:

Today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a web ad attacking Democratic Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) for being a liberal, voting for the same failed policies Sen. Mitch McConnell enthusiastically supported.  
The NRSC attacked Sen. Pryor for voting to raise the debt ceiling (RC #123, 08/02/11; RC #213, 10/01/08; RC #186, 07/16/08), and also sourced the Wall Street Bailout (RC #213, 10/01/08). Sen. McConnell joined liberal Mark Pryor in casting these votes. In fact, Sen. McConnell voted to increase the debt limit nine times.
“We agree 100 percent with the NRSC that we don’t need liberal, big-government senators like Mark Pryor or Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate,” said campaign spokeswoman Sarah Durand. “We need strong conservatives in the Senate like Matt Bevin who will fight for taxpayers when Congressional leaders – be they Republicans or Democrats – try to push liberal policies through.”

Sometimes I think that McConnell’s campaign would be in better shape if they just went into total radio silence until January instead of enduring these repeated self-inflicted wounds from the professional, “presidential-level” staff members of Team Mitch. (i.e., if they “went Grimes”)


  1. Jim Lahey
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    “Instead, they are directly attacking McConnell’s votes in the Senate via an online attack ad against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas”

    Uh, I would call this “attack” indirect at best – McConnell’s name is not even mentioned in the video.

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  1. [...] Yesterday we wrote about the National Republican Senatorial Committee slamming Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas, in a web ad for taking three votes on raising the debt ceiling and the TARP bailout that were identical to that of Sen. Mitch McConnell, who the Republican committee is actively supporting in Kentucky’s GOP primary against Matt Bevin. [...]

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