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Mitch McTurtle Hits the Campaign Trail, Ready to Hold Heller Accountable

In case you missed it, Nevada Democrats just unveiled the first mascot of 2018… and Sen. Dean Heller isn’t shell-ebrating. Make no mistake: Mitch McTurtle will be a constant presence alongside Heller on the campaign trail this year, reminding voters just how devoted Heller is to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Here’s a media coverage roundup of Mitch McTurtle’s first day >>

The Hill: Nevada Dems unveil 2018 campaign mascot: ‘Mitch McTurtle’

Nevada Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their 2018 campaign mascot: a turtle holding a bag of money, meant to mock Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).


The mascot was apparently well received by local Democratic activists, some of whom tweeted their own pictures with “Mitch McTurtle.”

KSNV Las Vegas: It’s election time: The animals are here

The mascots have shown up.

“Our first official mascot of 2018 – Mitch McTurtle,” said a beaming Nevada Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II at a press introduction complete with a camera or two, press, and an audience. “We just want to make sure wherever Heller goes, ‘Mitch McTurtle’ will be right there to remind him of his loyalty to McConnell.”

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader Democrats can’t stand, who’s all-in, supporting Heller’s reelection. With the Bannon-wing of the GOP seemingly in somewhat of a retreat, McConnell wants to make sure a more mainstream conservative Republican like Heller, considered in the toughest 2018 fight, holds on to his seat.

Democrats will do everything to stop that, and they have some practice. This “Mitch” is the latest Democratic mascot moment.

Washington Examiner: Nevada Democrats introduce ‘Mitch McTurtle’ mascot to mock Mitch McConnell

The Nevada Democratic Party trolled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with their newly revealed mascot on Tuesday.


For a number of reasons, including his appearance and personality, people have poked fun at McConnell for years by comparing him to a turtle.

Washington Free Beacon: Nevada Democrats Unveil ‘Mitch McTurtle’ as 2018 Campaign Mascot

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.

@SteveSebelius: Nevada Democratic Party Chmn. William McCurdy introduces the party’s new 2018 mascot, Mitch McTurtle, a stand-in for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

@jgillanNews3LV: Meet the @nvdems new mascot: Mitch McTurtle. @News3LV expect to see a lot of him during 2018 campaign.