A local newspaper story that quoted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell as saying it is "not my job" to bring employment to a struggling Kentucky county has unleashed yet another round of feuding in one of the country's most competitive Senate races.Predictably, McConnell says he was taken out of context:
The editor and general manager of the Beattyville Enterprise asked McConnell what he would do to bring jobs to Lee County, where the unemployment rate is 12.8 percent.
"That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet," the paper quoted McConnell as saying in its front-page story Thursday.
"It seems my message got lost in translation, and I was surprised to see a headline about my visit that sent the exact opposite message to the one I was trying to convey," the senator said in a statement released by his office Thursday.Uh, the only thing that message proves is that Mitch McConnell wants to keep his job. If his message got lost in translation, it got lost in the space between his brain and his lips, because what he said about creating jobs in Lee County was this: "That is not my job." If the message he was trying to send was that it is his job, then maybe he should said that instead of saying the exact opposite.