Well, now that the whole eavesdropping thing has blown up in the faces it’s on the Plan B. It’s time to play the al Qaeda card. Yes, they are that crazy.
There’s a new twist in Mitch McConnell’s campaign (which has yet to draw an opponent). A liberal nonprofit group is airing an ad attacking the Senate Minority Leader that uses footage that appears to be from an Al Qaeda recruitment video.
Americans United For Change will spend $5,000 to air the spot, titled “Bad Company,” in Lexington, according to spokesperson Lauren Weiner. The ad uses a video showing Adam Yahiye Gadahn, an American Al Qaeda spokesperson, explaining how to buy guns in the United States.
“Most Kentucky residents want background checks for gun sales, but Republican leader Mitch McConnell is against them. So who does agree with Mitch?” a narrator asks in the spot, citing a poll from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group, Mayor Against Illegal Guns, which shows 82 percent of Kentucky residents favor mandatory background checks for gun buyers.
Then California-born Gadahn is heard saying in a clip: ”You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”
The ad urges viewers to call the Kentucky senator and “ask him why he’s in such bad company.”
At this rate of implosion it appears likely the Democrats won’t even be able to field a challenger to McConnell. If it’s possible to make him a sympathetic figure with Kentucky voters all you need to do is mention Michael Bloomberg and they’ll recoil in horror.
McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton quickly responded to the ad calling Americans United for Change “rabid partisan extremists” who “have no interest in promoting what’s right for Kentucky and they’ll stop at nothing to attack its biggest advocate.”
Benton then linked the group to Progress Kentucky, a Democratic superPAC that is alleged to have recorded a McConnell campaign strategy session that was leaked this week. The group did send out tweets in February attacking McConnell’s wife former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and her ethnicity.
Currently, McConnell has no opponent, but he is in the position of being able to try and frame the different attacks as a liberal conspiracy out to get him. If he’s successful at it, an ad like this could backfire for the group.
Here’s the video.