Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign complained this week that the Kentucky Republican should not be getting attacked by ads during this coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, campaign officials for McConnell are complaining that it’s not fair for his Democratic opponent to be plastering the airwaves with attack ads against him in the middle of a global pandemic.
“Amy McGrath’s decision to blanket the airwaves with deceitful ads during the coronavirus outbreak is tasteless and shameful,” said Kevin Golden, the manager of McConnell’s re-election campaign. “As Kentuckians adjust their daily lives and schedules to help stem the outbreak, the last thing they need to see on TV is negative political advertising. The McGrath campaign must stop airing all of their advertisements.”
McConnell has also been receiving backlash from the American public for deciding to keep the Senate in recess for three days as the crisis exploded.
McGrath’s team is unfazed by the demand.
“Amy is well aware of the stress the coronavirus pandemic is causing Kentuckians and our nation,” said McGrath campaign spokesman Terry Sebastian. “The only person who doesn’t seem to understand that is Sen. McConnell. He has a 35-year failed track record on issues like health care and jobs in Kentucky, and now — during a public health crisis — he took a long weekend instead of doing his job and working to pass a relief package immediately.”
McGrath will be looking to unseat McConnell come November.