Nevada Democrats Unveil 'Mitch McTurtle' as 2018 Campaign Mascot

Mitch McTurtle mascot unveiled at Nevada Democratic campaign event / Twitter screenshot
January 16, 2018

Nevada Democrats on Tuesday mocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) when they unveiled a turtle holding a bag of money as their mascot for the 2018 campaign.

Nevada Democratic Party chairman William McCurdy introduced Mitch McTurtle, a person dressed in a turtle mascot outfit, at a campaign event.

"Nevada Democratic Party Chmn. William McCurdy introduces the party's new 2018 mascot, Mitch McTurtle, a stand-in for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell," Steve Sebelius, a political analyst for KLAS-TV Channel 8, the local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, wrote in a tweet flagged by the Hill.

Democrats appear to have embraced the mascot.

One Twitter user, Donna4Dems, tweeted out a selfie with the mascot donning a "Mitch" name tag and said that she was excited to campaign with Mitch McTurtle.

"Mitch McTurtle welcome," the user tweeted. "Clark County Dems look forward to campaigning with you to elect a Democratic U.S. Senator who isn't beholden to money bags Mitch and who will work and fight for Nevadans."

Mitch McTurtle has his own Twitter account, where the bio reads, "Shelling out millions for Dean Heller since 2011."

Democrats in Nevada are looking to vote out Republican Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.), who is already facing a GOP primary challenge from businessman Danny Tarkanian.

A poll from August found that McConnell had the lowest favorability rating of any elected official with a national profile.