Tea Party Group Ad: McConnell Bullies Conservatives Like The IRS

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

The Senate Conservatives Fund released a devastating new web ad on Wednesday portraying Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a bully like no other to conservatives.

The nearly 90-second ad, titled “Bully,” replays some of SCF’s favorite attacks against McConnell, saying he’s far more aggressive against conservatives than the Internal Revenue Service was against conservative-leaning groups applying for tax-exempt status.

The narrator in the ad said:

Mitch McConnell is trying to bully and intimidate conservatives just like the IRS is.

Mitch McConnell tried to silence conservatives, calling them traitors, who he “wants to punch in the nose” for criticizing his liberal votes.

And McConnell told other conservatives they’d get the “death penalty” for opposing him.

McConnell even tried to intimidate conservative Matt Bevin to stop him from running.


Because Mitch McConnell is desperate.

The ad also cites a recent Rasmussen poll showing Bevin faring better in a general election matchup against Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), the likely Democratic nominee in the Senate race, and argued that McConnell’s opposition to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) push to defund Obamacare effectively made him a supporter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) defense of the law.

“If he wants to vote like a Democrat, he can become a Democrat,” the narrator said. “And if he wants to act like the IRS, he can get a job with the IRS. But don’t try to fool conservatives by pretending you’re one of us, Senator McConnell. You’re not.”

The ad came a day after SCF released another aggressive attack against McConnell’s House counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for moving his chamber to pass a clean debt ceiling hike. McConnell voted with Democrats on a procedural vote to move the bill forward.

(Photo credit: Youtube)

Watch the ad below:

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: