ERLANGER, KY (FOX19)
Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, had some harsh words of criticism for her opponent Mitch McConnell concerning the stalled Brent Spence Bridge replacement project.
"He does not believe it is his job to actually bring jobs or to help invest in this vital infrastructure," said Grimes.
FOX19 NOW reached out to McConnell for a response. This is what he sent back in response:
All Three Fact Checkers Have Faulted Grimes' Use Of McConnell's Jobs Comment
Fact Checkers Have Called The McConnell Jobs Claim “Dubious”. “As for McConnell saying it was not his job to create jobs, both FactCheck.org and PolitiFact have found the claim to be dubious. McConnell claimed the news report that is the source of the report selectively quoted from his remarks during a brief interview; no recording exists. But his other remarks from that day did highlight his interest in job creation.” (Glenn Kessler, “An attack ad so under the radar the sponsor won't talk about it,” Washington Post, 9/9/14)
Politifact Has Faulted The Grimes Campaign For “Selectively Quoting” On This Issue. “…they are glossing over some nuances in what he said by selectively quoting the report. McConnell also told the paper that he has a responsibility to protect jobs, and that some of his work in Congress has led to job creation in Kentucky. In addition, McConnell's legislative record shows a concern for local employment.” (Lauren Carroll, “Alison Lundergan Grimes charges that Mitch McConnell says "it's not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky”,” Politifact, 6/6/14)
Alison Grimes' Use Of McConnell's Jobs Quote Doesn't “Reflect McConnell's Position On Job Creation”. “McConnell gave his quote during a brief interview April 24 with a local reporter who didn't stay for McConnell's speech, which focused on his efforts to retain and create coal jobs. So, the theme of McConnell's speeches that day — four of them in all — were about the very issue (jobs) and the very industry (coal) that concerns the man featured in the Grimes ad…But Grimes' use of a single quote that appeared in a six-paragraph story of a local paper doesn't fully reflect McConnell's position on job creation.” (Robert Farley, “Parsing McConnell's Job Description,” Factcheck.org, 7/25/14)
Al Cross: Sen. McConnell Has A “Long History” Of Creating And Preserving Jobs In Kentucky. “Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky, said McConnell can point to a record to support his view. McConnell has a "long history of doing earmarks and other legislation that helps create and preserve jobs in the state," he said.” (Lauren Carroll, “Alison Lundergan Grimes charges that Mitch McConnell says "it's not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky”,” Politifact, 6/6/14)
McConnell was in Northern Kentucky Thursday to address what he calls unprecedented Medicare home health cuts. McConnell said an Obamacare regulation, which took effect Jan. 1, will cut the home health benefit by 14 percent of the next four years. Home health officials say these cuts could negatively impact patient care as well as jobs across that state.