Kentucky: World War II Vet Slams McConnell in TV Ad

Posted October 6, 2008 at 6:19pm

After World War II veteran Adolfo Peña came out last week to denounce Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) for misusing his words in a recent television ad, wealthy health care executive Bruce Lunsford (D) released a commercial of his own on Monday that features the former Navy serviceman.

“When I saw the advertisement that McConnell did of me and took my words out of context, I was really angry,” Peña says in the Lunsford ad, which is now running on television statewide.

Despite how it appeared in the McConnell commercial, the Navy veteran says that he was very happy with the care he received from a contract health care clinic for veterans that Lunsford helped oversee.

“Mitch McConnell used us veterans in a very wrong way,” Peña says.

“Tricking veterans, twisting their words, how low will Mitch McConnell go?” a narrator says.

National Democrats have tried to make McConnell a top target this cycle, and they believe they’ve found a top-tier challenger in Lunsford. Although the Minority Leader has maintained a lead in most polls so far, the contest appears to be tightening, and Democrats clearly feel the Peña ad will get voters to rethink their support for the well-entrenched McConnell, who for so long has been considered safe from any election challenge.