Mitch McConnell's campaign will face a $300,000 negative ad campaign from the generally Democratic-supporting Patriot Majority PAC. That campaign, according to Politico, will run from October 30 through November 5 in every Kentucky market. McConnell is up for re-election in 2014, and faces a Republican primary challenge in May from Tea Partier and Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin. The Senate Minority Leader is already campaigning for re-election after facing challenges from both sides of the political spectrum.
There are few details on the content of the PAC's ads for the new campaign. But the group has targeted McConnell before on a general "kick out the comfortable incumbent" platform:
Although McConnell's relative silence during a Republican-led partial shutdown of the government may have been out of caution, he's getting hit from both sides on the unpopular move to force Obamacare reform legislation. From the left, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (his Democratic challenger) released a burning building-themed ad claiming that "Mitch McConnell can't light the house on fire and then claim credit for putting it out." From the right, Bevin criticized McConnell and other Republicans who worked on a compromise to end the shutdown. "There are a lot of naked emperors that are parading around in Washington," Bevin said of the deal. "These emperors need to be exposed."
For his part, McConnell is fundraising on his role in ending the shutdown. Speaking at a Republican fundraising retreat, McConnell told donors that there would not be another shutdown on his watch. "This strategy could not and would not work," McConnell said of the conservative plan to prompt reform with a refusal to re-open the government. In the midst of the shutdown, a poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that Grimes had a slight lead over McConnell in a theoretical 2014 face-off.