CNN Calls out Davis, Grimes for Most Shocking and Dishonest Ads of 2014

November 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D., Ky.) and Wendy Davis (D., Texas) received top, or maybe it was low, honors from CNN's The Lead on Monday in a discussion of the most dishonest and shocking political ads of the 2014 cycle.

Host Jake Tapper called Grimes' commercial "the ultimate Four-Pinocchio ad," referring to the rating system of Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

Grimes stood in front of the Big Sandy power plant and said Sen Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and his wife Elaine Chao had accepted $600,000 from "enemies of coal" while not doing enough to secure scrubbers to reduce coal emissions and save the plant.

On Monday, Tapper called it "crazy talk" and Kessler called it "completely false on every level," previously writing McConnell had nothing to do with the plant's closing and the ties Grimes tried to make to his wife were "misleading and flimsy."

Meanwhile, Davis, the Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate, was given the dubious distinction of "most shocking" ad for her infamous attack on Republican Greg Abbott as a hypocrite for not helping other disabled victims. The ad was universally panned as desperate and in bad taste since it discussed Abbott's tragic accident that put him in a wheelchair.

Tapper joked after the segment, which included criticism of Republicans as well, that he needed to take a shower.