Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is attempting to unseat Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), released a radio ad attacking President Obama for the Environmental Protection Agency’s coal-industry regulations.
“Mr. President, Kentucky has lost one-third of our coal jobs in just the last three years,” Grimes says in the ad, per the Courier-Journal. “Now your EPA is targeting Kentucky coal with pie-in-the-sky regulations that are impossible to achieve.”
The apparent purpose of the radio spot is to assure conservative voters in the red state that Grimes won’t be a loyal foot soldier to Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) if she is elected.
The McConnell campaign countered by reminding Kentuckians that Grimes was a delegate for Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
“Her belated concern about the war on coal now that she’s a candidate, after helping to ensure it by backing Obama, is insulting and transparently political,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in response to the ad.
You can expect Grimes and McConnell to continue fighting about her ties to Obama. ”This is what the entire election is about: Either McConnell is going to successfully tie Grimes to Obama’s liberal policies and win, or he’ll fail at that and lose,” a Republican strategist said. “This is a microcosm of the entire election.”
The sparring about Grimes’s ad comes on the same day that Reid blocked a McConnell bill that would delay the EPA’s regulation to cut carbon emissions at existing coal plants.
“The EPA’s proposed regulation on existing power plants is only going to add to the economic challenges facing Kentucky—especially in Eastern Kentucky, which is ‘Ground Zero’ for what’s happening to our coal industry,” said Bill Bissett, president of the KY Coal Association. “We believe these proposed regulations will not only cause Kentucky’s electricity rates to skyrocket, but it will also harm the reliability of our electricity supply across the United States. The Kentucky Coal Association fully supports and appreciates Senator McConnell’s Coal Country Protection Act, which will make the Obama Administration and the EPA face the truth of what this regulation is going to do to American families, the coal industry and U.S. electricity production.”