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New McConnell ad targets President Obama, liberals

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is firing back after a secret recording of a campaign meeting.

A new ad begins airing tomorrow, titled "How Dirty," which claims the senator is President Obama's number one target and that liberals will do anything to beat McConnell.

The ad mentions the secret recording that the FBI is investigating.  It's tied to the liberal group Progress Kentucky.

The recording was leaked to the liberal magazine Mother Jones and published last week. Mother Jones said the recording came from a confidential source. It posted audio and a transcript of the meeting online.

On the recording, the Senate Minority Leader and his aides talked about opposition research into potential Democratic challengers, including Judd. Aides discussed Judd's past bouts with depression and how the campaign might use that against her if she decided to challenge him in the 2014 election. The aides laughed about Judd's depression, as well as her political positions and religious beliefs.

McConnell's new ad also talks about the group's tweet earlier this year that referenced the Asian heritage of McConnell's wife.

Progress Kentucky tweeted: "This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress - she's his #wife."  "May explain why your job moved to #China!"  Progress Kentucky said the group wasn't being racist, it simply wanted to highlight McConnell's jobs record.

McConnell's wife Elaine Chao was the former Labor Secretary and the first female Asian-American to hold a cabinet post.

McConnell's campaign manager said at the time it was unacceptable to use "race-baiting" for political gain.

McConnell has a large war chest to finance that ad and many others -- the latest financial report to the Federal Election Commission shows he now has raised nearly $13 million for his re-election campaign, including more than $1.8 million since January.

Paperwork filed Monday with the FEC also shows he still has more than $8.6 million on hand.

Those numbers give McConnell an enormous head start over any potential challengers, although no serious challengers have stepped forward so far.

Actress Ashley Judd had considered running, but announced late last month that she won't. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a rising star within the state Democratic Party, has said she is now considering getting into the race. But she hasn't indicated a timeframe for making a decision.

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