February 21, 2020/Media

NEW: McConnell Super PAC Admits to Meddling in Democratic Primary Because Tillis is Weak

McConnell knows what everyone knows: “voters of all ideological stripes simply don’t trust Tillis.

Overnight, Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC finally admitted that they’re behind a Republican effort to prop up Senator Tillis’ flailing reelection campaign by meddling in the Democratic primary.

McConnell’s Super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, donated the “entirety” of the nearly $3 million used by “Faith and Power PAC” to meddle in the Democratic primary. SLF had previously refused to comment on the effort.

McConnell is desperate to prop up Tillis because he knows Tillis is one of the “most vulnerable senators up for reelection this year” and a uniquely weak candidate who’s limping into the general election campaign:

  • Tillis is unpopular with North Carolina voters, including women and independents. New polling this week found more voters disapprove of Tillis than approve, and key voting groups – including independents, women, suburban women, and military households – all disapprove of Tillis.
  • Tillis continues to have trouble with base Republicans. A separate poll last week found that Tillis is trailing Trump’s approval rating by 9 points. That comes after a year in which Tillis faced “a chorus of boos” at not one but two Trump rallies and public criticism from Trump voters who called him “wishy-washy” and “a fair-weather friend.”

One non-partisan analyst summed it up best: The bottom line is that voters of all ideological stripes simply don’t trust Tillis.

“Republicans openly admitting that they’re behind an unprecedented effort to distract voters from Senator Tillis’ toxic record should tell you all you need to know about how they feel about Tillis’ chances in November,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “Tillis is a uniquely weak Senator — but don’t take our word for it, just look at what Republicans are resorting to in order to prop him up.”

The Hill: Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat
By Reid Wilson 
February 20, 2020

Key Points:

  • The largest super PAC that supports Republican Senate candidates will say in a filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) late Thursday it spent millions of dollars to boost a liberal Democratic candidate running for the right to face Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in November.
  • The Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC run by close allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will reveal in the FEC filings that it was behind a secretive new group created earlier this month that has spent millions on television advertising ahead of the March 3 Democratic primary, The Hill has learned..
  • The FEC reports will show the Senate Leadership Fund spent about $3 million on television and radio spots boosting Smith, funneled through a group calling itself the Faith and Power PAC. The filings show the entirety of the Faith and Power PAC’s contributions came from the Senate Leadership Fund.