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New campaign ad hits Mitch McConnell on 'not my job' comment

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic candidate for Senate, released a new TV ad Tuesday featuring a coal miner who lost his job and is asking Sen. Mitch McConnell about his commitment to Kentucky's job growth.

"Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we've lost almost half of our coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky," David Stanely says in the ad. "Why'd you say it's not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?"

The ad, "Question from David," takes aim at Sen. McConnell for an April 24 incident where McConnell said it wasn't his job to bring jobs to the state.

"Economic development is a Frankfort issue," McConnell is quoted as saying in The Beattyville Enterprise. "That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet."

Sen. McConnell's camp has maintained that his comments were taken out of context, however the newspaper has stood by the story.

" It says a lot about the character of a candidate when she bases her entire campaign on mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods," McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said. "We're one year into Alison Lundergan Grimes' candidacy and the only factual argument for her campaign is that she's Barack Obama's Kentucky candidate."

The ad released Tuesday is the second in a series of advertisements featuring Kentucky residents asking questions to McConnell. Earlier this month, Grimes' campaign released "Question from Don". That ad featured a retired coal miner asking McConnell about rising Medicare costs.

Coal and jobs are major campaign issues for both candidates in this year's hotly-contested Senate race. Kentucky has been at the center of coal discussions and the economy has suffered over the years with the loss of many coal mining jobs.

Grimes' camp says the ad is part of a six-figure, statewide buy.

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