McConnell Campaign Gets Boost From Coalition Opposing Obamacare

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Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 11:36 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is about to receive a hefty dose of support in his race to keep his seat, thanks to his opposition to Obamacare, Politico reports.

The nonprofit group, Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, is preparing to spend $325,000 on a week’s worth of statewide TV ads commending him for his fight against Obama’s health care plan.

The ads come at a time when McConnell is feeling the heat from the conservative wing of the GOP to settle for a government shutdown rather than fund the federal health care law.

The spots will tie McConnell’s opposition to Obamacare to the recent decision by UPS to drop health coverage for 15,000 “working spouses,” a decision the company blamed in part on the health care law.

“It’s tough times for Kentucky families,” the ad says.

“And now one of Kentucky’s largest employers, forced to cut health care coverage.

“That’s why Sen. McConnell keeps on fighting to dismantle and defund Obamacare.”

Republican strategist Scott Jennings said KOC’s latest ads are meant to strengthen support for McConnell’s opposition to Obamacare.

“We want to galvanize the public to support Senator Mitch McConnell’s relentless efforts to block, dismantle, delay and defund Obama’s disastrous law,” Jennings said.

To fund or not to fund Obamacare has quickly become perhaps the most significant issue in McConnell’s effort to defeat a primary challenge from Louisville investor Matt Bevin.

The Senate Conservatives Fund has run ads backing Bevin, in which McConnell is urged to take a fight-to-the-death approach to funding Obamacare.

The ads also question his true conservatism if he takes a different road.

The SCF asked its supporters Tuesday to vote on whether they would like to see the group formally endorse Bevin in the primary.





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