Sen. Mitch McConnell released a negative campaign ad Wednesday attacking his GOP primary opponent, Matt Bevin — even though the primary contest is not until May 2014.

The ad hits Bevin for accepting $200,000 in “taxpayer bailouts” — a grant awarded to Bevin’s companies by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy after a fire destroyed the building that housed the companies, according to a Hartford Courant article cited in McConnell’s ad.

McConnell’s campaign also criticizes Bevin for having had eight tax liens assessed against his companies.

“Bailout Bevin: not a Kentucky conservative,” the ad’s narrator concludes.

The negative advertisement comes remarkably early in the Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary process. Bevin is expected to officially announce just this week that he will challenge McConnell. The primary is scheduled for May 20, 2014.

Update: Bevin released his first ad Wednesday as well: a 30-second spot introducing the candidate and hitting McConnell for some of his votes in the Senate.