LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has released a TV ad featuring an out-of-work Appalachian coal miner who questions Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's commitment to job growth.
The 30-second ad airing across Kentucky seeks to capitalize on McConnell's off-the-cuff comments to an eastern Kentucky newspaper in the spring.
The Beattyville Enterprise reported that the five-term Republican senator said it's not his job to bring employment to struggling Lee County.
In the Grimes ad, unemployed miner David Stanley asks McConnell why he said that.
McConnell says his comments were taken out of context, but the newspaper editor stood by his story.
Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett is defending McConnell. He says it's "unfair and untrue" to blame the top Senate Republican for the loss of eastern Kentucky coal jobs.
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