In a national survey of registered voters
conducted in 2012, eight in ten people said they were frustrated by the tone of
political campaigns. More than half said candidates were downright
disrespectful to one another.
Kentucky's 2014 midterm election is well
underway, and so far the tone is anything but respectful between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison
The political sparring began in earnest this
summer at the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic. McConnell attacked grimes and
dragged her father into it.
"How nice it is to see Jerry Lundergan back
in the game like the loyal Democrat he is. He's taking orders from the Obama
campaign on how to run his daughter's campaign. They told him to make a pitch
on the Internet for the women's vote, and he sent a check to Anthony Weiner," said McConnell.
Grimes used her turn at the podium to lampoon
McConnell's voting record.
"Let's just tell it like it is. If the
doctors told Senator McConnell that he had a kidney stone, he'd refuse to pass
it," said Grimes.
Before McConnell can focus squarely on Grimes, he has to defeat Tea Party candidate and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in
the Republican primary. In a recent TV commercial, the McConnell campaign challenges
Bevin's LinkedIn resume.
"Bevin never attended MIT, and MIT has no
record of Bevin. Bailout Bevin, not a Kentucky conservative," said McConnell.
Bevin's camp calls the ad, "a pack
of lies." The candidate says that when it comes to campaigning, McConnell
likes it dirty.
"Mitch McConnell is known as 'Mudslinging
Mitch' because the only thing he has to run on is destroying other people. There
is nothing in the 30 year history of his voting that he is proud enough of to
run on," said Bevin.
Kentucky's midterm is already receiving
plenty of national attention.
The outcome, along with those in a handful of
other hotly contested states, could alter the makeup of the U.S. Senate where
Democrats currently hold 52 seats to the GOP's 46.
With so much at stake, things could get downright nasty in the Commonwealth.