The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by former senator and current Heritage president Jim DeMint, is targeting Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), among others, because they haven’t pledged to shut the government down over Obamacare.
“Senator Jeff Flake is no where to be found,” says the narrator in the ad. “Jeff Flake won’t stand up to President Obama and join conservatives in pledging to oppose funding for the implementation of Obamacare. So what’s his excuse?”
Speaking at a town hall in Gilbert, Ariz. this weekend, Flake said that while he “would love” to defund the law, “the continuing resolution is not the mechanism” to do so.
In Kentucky, the Senate Conservatives Fund is set to begin airing radio ads pressing McConnell to shut the government down to stop Obamacare.
The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending nearly $50,000 on the 60-second commercial that will begin airing on Tuesday in Kentucky, where McConnell is locked in a tough race for a sixth term. The GOP leader faces both a primary rival, businessman Matt Bevin, and a Democratic foe, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
“Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare by refusing to fund it, but Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to lead the fight,” says the ad which also makes a reference to a recent campaign embarrassment for McConnell.
“The Obamacare bill stinks, and holding your nose won’t make it any better,” the commercial says.
The most remarkable aspect of this is that McConnell has done more than possibly anyone in the country to obstruct the president, but that still isn’t good enough for Jim DeMint’s cronies. They require a pledge to shut the federal government down, or else.