Photo gaffes generate attacks in Kentucky campaign
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Campaign photos showing a Greek power plant and a Ukrainian model posing as a coal miner have exposed Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaigns to attacks in Kentucky’s hard-hitting Senate campaign.
Accusations of misusing stock photos are flying between the campaigns, with hot-button issues of coal and gun rights as the source of the fighting.
Grimes, the state’s Democratic secretary of state, is challenging McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, in November.
Republicans tried to score points by pointing out that Grimes’ campaign initially used a Ukrainian male model posing as an ashen-faced coal miner in a newspaper ad. Grimes’ campaign says the photo was replaced before the ad ran.
Democrats fired back by accusing McConnell’s campaign of using European photos to promote his support for coal and gun rights.