McConnell seeks to capitalize on attacks on wife

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It isn't Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who comes out swinging in his first TV ad of his 2014 re-election campaign. It's his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who takes political opponents to task for mocking her ethnicity.

The ad that begins airing across Kentucky on Thursday is the McConnell campaign's response to what he calls a liberal group's "racial slurs" against Chao and to recent TV spots that criticized McConnell for his pro-gun position.

It's an example of how the 71-year-old McConnell, facing a prospective challenge from actress Ashley Judd, is taking no chances even though the general election is more than 18 months away. The early ad buy has caught the attention of Kentucky Democrats, who say McConnell must be worried about his chances.

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