Liberal Group Launches Ad Targeting McConnell on Gun Control

Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:17pm

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal third-party group, began airing an ad Tuesday in Kentucky targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on gun control.

“As a gun owner and a veteran, I support the plan to ban assault weapons and keep guns out of the wrong hands, because I know these guns. I know what they can do,” an older man says in the ad. “Senator Mitch McConnell has taken thousands of dollars from gun manufacturers, and he opposes common sense reforms. Senator McConnell, whose side are you on?”

The ad is backed by a small buy — $27,700 over a week — on broadcast television and cable in two Kentucky television markets: Louisville and Lexington. It’s also on cable television in the Washington, D.C., media market, according to a PCCC spokesman.

“Sen. McConnell knew that protecting Kentucky from President Obama’s gun control agenda would result in a flurry of attack ads from left-wing groups,” said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton in a statement. “It’s no secret to Kentuckians that Leader McConnell is a stalwart supporter of their Second Amendment rights and George Soros funded commercials aren’t going to change that.”

McConnell is likely to be buffeted by a lot of negative ads this cycle. As the top Senate Republican, he’s a major target. But, early in the cycle, he appears to be in good shape for re-election.