The Washington Times - August 5, 2013, 08:48AM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is slamming Matt Bevin in a new television ad, warning that the Louisville businessman is “not a Kentucky conservative” and suggesting that he has lied about his tax history.

The 30-second spot says that Mr. Bevin’s business failed to pay taxes at least eight times and that he also failed to pay taxes on his “million-dollar home in Maine.”

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“Despite official documents, Bevin says, ‘I have no tax delinquency, nor have I ever,’ ” the ad says, borrowing a clip from his campaign announcement. “Bailout Bevin, how can you believe him on anything?”

Mr. Bevin, a Louisville businessman, countered that it is “truly sad to see Mitch McConnell sink to such a desperate low, simply because he is afraid of defending his record of voting for bailouts, tax increases, debt limit increases and pay raises.

“Now, Mitch McConnell is refusing to defund Obamacare and, instead of explaining why he is siding with President Obama, he has resorted to slinging mud,” Mr. Bevin said in a press release. “Kentucky taxpayers deserve better.”

Mr. McConnell is seeking his sixth term in the U.S. Senate in 2014 and is being challenged from both the right in the GOP primary by Mr. Bevin and the left in the general election by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat.

Mr. Bevin has won the support of local tea party groups, while Mr. McConnell has won the support of a couple of national tea party groups.

The three Senate candidates appeared over the weekend at the 133rd Fancy Farm political picnic, where they traded jabs before boisterous crowds.

Mr. McConnell also touted his decades of service and the political pull he has at the top Republican in the Senate.

“Back at the beginning of the year, they tried to raise taxes on everybody, I led the charge to save 99 percent of Kentuckians from a tax increase,” Mr. McConnell said. “They tried to bully conservatives over at the IRS, but we called them out. Now look, you can’t get any of those things done from the back bench. That is why it is important — very, very important — to keep Kentucky’s voice strong.”