FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372
LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information to highlight how Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign is trying to put distance between Barack Obama and his Kentucky candidate, despite having enthusiastically supported Obama in the past.
Jerry Lundergan Is Distancing Alison Grimes And Himself From President Obama. “At a county meeting in Paris, Ky., Jerry Lundergan — the father of Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader — declared, “My daughter has never had a conversation with Barack Obama and probably never will, unless he wants to help Kentucky.” (Jonathan Martin, “At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks,” New York Times, 8/30/14)
Flashback: Jerry Lundergan Was An Enthusiastic Backer Of Barack Obama’s Re-Election
With Grimes In The Audience, Jerry Lundergan Made Clear “That In No Uncertain Terms That He Supported President Barack Obama In His Bid For Re-Election.” “Jerry Lundergan thundered to 300 Democrats that in no uncertain terms that he supported President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election. He cited Obama’s accomplishments over his four year term beginning with his ending of two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and ending with the provision of health care to millions without it. He told the crowd of 300 at Walker Hall in Paducah that he wold be a Democrat until he died. The fiery former legislator, state party chair and father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes began an evening of back slapping, family gossip, announcements of other Fancy Farm weekend events and speeches by state elected officials and candidates. Lundergan Grimes and House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins were on hand to support McCracken’s Democratic Executive Committee’s activities.” (Mary Potter, “Thundering Lundergan Exhorts Faithful In Paducah,” West Kentucky Journal,8/3/12)
Lundergan In 2009: “I’m So Proud Of President Obama And The Wonderful Job He And His Administration Are Doing.” “With all of the tough challenges which face our Country, I’m so proud of President Obama and the wonderful job he and his administration are doing. I’m humbled by and grateful for the trust that he placed in Hillary, the same trust which you gave her a year ago.” (“A Message From Jerry Lundergan,” Page One Blog, 5/22/09)