The Mitch McConnell (R-KY) re-election campaign is offering “all expense paid trips” for anyone will to go on the campaign trail with him this week and “contribute to an enthusiastic atmosphere” at his events.
The Hill reports that in an email sent earlier this month “Taylor Bumgardner, a Kentucky Republican Party regional political director, offers volunteers the opportunity to join McConnell on his tour, which launched Monday. Meals, lodging and transportation are included in the trip.”
According to that email:
Senator McConnell is seeking volunteers to join him on a 3-day campaign bus tour around the state on October 20-22 to show our support for Kentucky coal. You would join local supporters in contributing to an enthusiastic atmosphere at each of his events.
According to The Hill, McConnell has used this tactic before, most recently bussing in supporters during his previous appearance at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic.
Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon commented on the move, stating:
It should surprise no one that Mitch McConnell is left to purchase grassroots support after he and his allies have spent more than $50 million running from his failed 30-year record in Washington. Momentum is clearly on Alison’s side as she draws record-breaking crowds of Kentuckians and runs laps around McConnell’s rusted DC-based campaign.
The Hill concludes their report noting that Alison Lundergan Grimes, his Democratic opponent, is drawing large crowds and “Democrats have touted the size and energy of her events as evidence she’s drawing enthusiastic support from Kentuckians.
Neither the Kentucky GOP nor McConnell’s campaign responded to requests for comments from The Hill.