Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting a little help from his friends on the airwaves as he fends off challenges to his re-election next year.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it will launch a TV ad on Tuesday that touts the Kentucky Republican's efforts against proposed regulations on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The ad, which will run statewide for 10 days, brands McConnell as "a fighter who never lets Kentucky down."
"While the EPA and bureaucrats try to kill Kentucky's coal industry, Mitch McConnell is fighting back, fighting hard," the ad's announcer says.
McConnell has been outspoken and highly visible over the past couple months in support of the coal industry, a crucial economic engine in Kentucky. The issue will undoubtedly play a central role in McConnell's primary duel with Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and, should he survive, his general election bout with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The race is currently rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.