A conservative group backing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Republican opponent in Kentucky has released a new radio and internet ad that attacks the minority leader’s conservative credentials.
The Madison Project, a conservative political action committee run by former Rep. Jim Ryun, spotlights McConnell’s past support of immigration reform deals, both in 1986 and 2006, as well as his backing of the 2008 Wall Street bailout and his closed-door deal with President Obama last year to raise the debt ceiling.
The Madison Project is backing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
The Republican primary will be held on May 20.
The ad proclaims that McConnell is now “undermining the conservative effort to defund Obamacare.”
Conservatives have been pounding McConnell in recent weeks for not signing on to a letter that threatens to block fiscal 2014 government funding, which must pass by the end of September, unless funding for the health care law is eliminated or delayed.
McConnell has not taken an official position on the letter, authored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, but has suggested such a tactic would not block the law from implementation.
McConnell was among nearly two dozen Republicans who voted for an immigration reform bill authored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. which would have legalized those now living here illegally.
And McConnell joined most Senate Republicans in 2008 to help pass the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program to rescue the financial markets, at the urging of then President George Bush. The program has since been the subject of intense criticism by anti-spending conservatives.
“After 28 years of Mitch McConnell claiming to be conservative but then supporting big government policies, isn’t it time conservatives dump Mitch McConnell?”
Update from McConnell Camp spokesperson Allison Moore:
“All you need to know about this group is that they’re supporting a tax delinquent bailout artist who lies on his resume over the most conservative Republican Leader in modern history. Apparently Matt Bailout Bevin has a small cadre of fringe friends in Washington who have concluded that conservative governance isn’t half as important as making money off his quixotic Senate campaign even though polling shows Mitch winning by a staggering 68-21 margin.”