Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell released a new campaign ad this morning, but had to pull it immediately because of a millisecond mistake that has everyone talking. Fortunately, LEO Weekly’s Joe Sonka was able to grab the video before they pulled it down.
What was the mistake? McConnell’s staff showed clips of Louisville winning the national title last season, and instead of Kentucky winning it the previous season, they used the footage of Duke’s title win in 2010 (check the 1:09 mark):
The campaign quickly spliced in a shot of Julius Randle and released the new version:
Between this mistake by McConnell, a Republican, and Louisville mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, proclaiming Friday “Cardinal Red Day,” it seems like both parties are determined to piss UK fans off.
UPDATE: The McConnell campaign had to pull the ad because it violated NCAA rules by showing a current player. Overall, just a bad day for them.
UPDATE x 2: UK released a statement saying that use of footage with Randle was not an NCAA violation because the school wasn’t aware it happened, and the school has sent the McConnell campaign a cease and desist letter:
The University of Kentucky consulted with the NCAA earlier today regarding footage of Julius Randle in a Mitch McConnell advertisement. Although the use of the student-athlete’s image in the advertisement is not permissible,because it was done without the knowledge or permission of the university or the student-athlete, it is not an NCAA violation. The University of Kentucky has sent a cease and desist letter and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure improper usage of a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness is prevented.