Alison Lundergan Grimes: Still Lying To Kentuckians On Coal Meeting Or World’s Worst Advocate For KY?

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July 25, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes maintaining that she met privately with Harry Reid at a DC fundraiser after audio revealed she lied to Kentuckians about talking coal during the event.

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“Not only is Barack Obama’s Kentucky candidate still lying to Kentuckians about defending coal during her DC fundraiser, but Alison Lundergan Grimes is subsequently demonstrating that she would have zero influence in the Senate after Reid blocked pro-coal legislation just days later,”  said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.  

Alison Lundergan Grimes Still Claims She Meet With Majority Leader Harry Reid Privately After DC Fundraiser. “When asked for details on her private meeting with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about coal, Grimes she had defended Kentucky jobs. “I let the leader know that I don’t stand in agreement with the president’s philosophies as it relates to his energy philosophy – nor (do I agree) with Mitch McConnell’s philosophy,” Grimes said. (Theo Keith, “Grimes, Democrats blast McConnell at annual dinner,” WAVE3, 7/25/14)

Background

Despite Promising To Defend Kentucky Coal, Grimes “Never Mentioned Coal During An 11-Minute Speech” At A Washington Fundraiser With Harry Reid.“Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes promised to defend Kentucky's coal industry during a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington, D.C., event, Politico reported Monday. In an audio recording of the speech obtained by Politico, Grimes instead criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's record on jobs, the minimum wage and women's issues, prompting McConnell's campaign to accuse Grimes of misleading Kentucky voters.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

CN|2: “After Assuring Kentuckians” She Would Use Reid Fundraiser “To Press The Issue Of Coal,” “Grimes Didn’t Bring The Issue Up Once.”“After assuring Kentuckians that she would use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to press the issue of coal, attendees at the Washington event say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes didn’t bring the issue up once.” (Jacqueline Pitts, “Fundraiser Attendees Dispute Grimes' Claim Of Talking Coal With Harry Reid,” CN|2’s “Pure Politics” Blog, 6/9/14)

The Lexington Herald-Leader Headline: “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

Herald-Leader: “She Never Mentioned Coal.” “Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes promised to defend Kentucky's coal industry during a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington, D.C.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

 Fundraiser Attendee Says It Would Be “Impossible” For Grimes And Reid To Have Met Privately. “A Washington consultant who attended the event said “there is no way” Grimes could have privately had a discussion with Reid at the event because he arrived late and left before the Kentuckian.” (Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, “Alison Lundergan Grimes mum on coal at private fundraiser,” Politico, 6/9/14) 

Days After Said Meeting with Grimes, Harry Reid Proves His Dedication To Implementing Obama’s War On Coal  

Harry Reid Blocked Sen. McConnell’s "Coal Country Protection Act" Just Days After His Fundraiser With Grimes. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell failedWednesday in his effort to get a quick Senate vote on his bill blocking new government rules limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Kentucky Republican was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. In his most low-key procedural voice, McConnell asked unanimous consent for "immediate consideration" of his "Coal Country Protection Act" - introduced Tuesday - that would set conditions before the Environmental Protection Agency would be allowed to implement new regulations aimed at reducing carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.” (James Carroll, “Mitch McConnell's coal bill blocked by Harry Reid,” Courier-Journal, 6/4/14)

 New Report Finds That EPA Regulations Will Cost Kentucky’s Regions Billions In Lost Coal Production Revenue. “The analysis found that coal-producing states without significant natural gas reserves get the short end of the stick. The analysis predicts the East South Central Region—which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi—stands to lose anywhere from $1.7 billion to $2.5 billion in lost coal production revenue, while only gaining a possible $300,000 in natural gas production. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets out a path to decrease the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, which are contributing to climate change and causing health problems. The government argues that nationwide, the plan’s benefits far outweigh the costs.” (Erica Peterson, “Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions,” WFPL, 7/24/14)

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