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Days after two coal miners suffering from black lung accused Senate hopeful Amy McGrath of exploiting their plight for political gain, the Kentucky Democrat released a new ad in which the pair's faces are obscured.
The move comes after the McGrath campaign pushed back on allegations that it misled the miners, insisting that all involved knew the campaign intended to use the footage.
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The ad, released in late August, depicted a group of coal miners traveling to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about black lung. Two of the miners, Randy Robbins and Albrow Hall, said they were told the footage would be used by the Black Lung Association and did not consent to their presence in McGrath's political attack ad against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).
The miners' lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to McGrath's campaign asking it to pull the ad from the air. The letter says the miners were "shocked and outraged" when they saw their images featured prominently in the ad.
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"Randy and Albrow did not and do not consent to the use of their images in this campaign advertisement," the letter said. "Moreover, they do not believe that black lung is or should be made into a partisan political issue."
The letter was sent to the McGrath campaign last Wednesday and set a Friday deadline for response. Though the campaign did not meet the deadline, a McGrath spokesman previously told the Washington...
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