Elizabeth Warren Sweepstakes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-137

Alison Lundergan Grimes & Elizabeth Warren Previously Raised Cash In A Local Slumlord’s Luxurious House While ‘Raw Sewage’ Flowed Under The Homes Of His Tenants

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch released the following statement and background information marking the final day of the Grimes campaign's contest to win a lunch with Elizabeth Warren and flashing back to the liberal duo's recent luxurious fundraiser with a controversial slumlord. 

“The last time Alison Lundergan Grimes teamed up with Elizabeth Warren, they decried economic inequality to assembled guests while luxuriating in the home of a slumlord millionaire who rents out a trailer park full of raw sewage. So it is not surprising to learn that these liberal elites have teamed up again for a sweepstakes to advocate for Obama's policies that reek in Kentucky,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.  

Nathan Smith: ‘Democratic Rainmaker’ Won’t Comment On Sewage 

Nathan Smith, Who Hosted Alison Grimes’ Elizabeth Warren Fundraiser, Owns Ashley Pointe Mobile Home Park. “SSK co-owner Nathan Smith is perhaps most recognized as the trailer pitchman waving his arms and jumping around the screen in his company’s TV spots. As a sought-after Democratic rainmaker, he held an event in June for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at his home in Fort Mitchell. Among the guests, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.” (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14) 

Nathan Smith’s Elizabeth Warren Fundraiser For Alison Grimes Raised An Estimated $200,000. “Grimes gets a boost in Northern Kentucky because one of Kentucky Democratic Party’s biggest donors, Nathan Smith, lives in Fort Mitchell. Grimes has held two high profile fundraisers at Smith’s home. Sen. Elizabeth Warren headlined a fundraiser in June at Smith’s house, where he estimated $200,000 was raised from attendees that hailed from across the state.” (Scott Wartman, “Does lack of NKY money mean McConnell’s support down?,” Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/28/14) 

When Confronted With Resident’s Comments On Sewage Odors, Smith “Grew Testy” And Denied Knowing About Any Complaints. “Smith also said he’s “not familiar” with the sewage odors at Ashley Pointe. When residents’ comments were read to him, he grew testy. “Now we’re going into hearsay. I don’t know that they said that. I’m not going to comment on that.”(James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14) 

Resident: ‘I Can’t Sit On My Porch Because It’s So Bad’ 

Mobile Home Park Residents Say Property Has A “Lingering Odor Of Untreated Human Waste”. “For $320 a month in lot rent, residents get the bare minimum of amenities. No tennis courts or clubhouse here, no lush landscaping. What makes Ashley Pointe unique hangs in the air, the sometimes lingering odor of untreated human waste.” (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14) 

Sewage Occasionally Flows Underneath The Residents Trailers, Along With “Feces And Condoms”. “On one occasion three years ago, she said, sewage spilled out of a manhole and under her trailer. The same thing happened last October to the home of Joyce Kennerly several streets away on Ivy Ridge Lane. A metro Health Department inspector photographed it. “It’s pitch-black sludge that smells horrible,” said Kennerly, 75. “Down here there were feces and condoms. Sometimes there’s a foot of water under the trailer.” (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14)

Regulators Have Been Receiving Complaints On This Property For “More Than A Decade” And Have Tried To Suspend Permits. “State and county regulators are well aware of the situation. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness has received complaints about the sewage leaks for more than a decade and, in January, tried to suspend Ashley Pointe’s mobile home park permit. The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection has cited the park twice in the past year for discharging raw sewage into a public waterway. (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14)

One Resident Reported That He Could Smell It In Their Vehicle. “Put it this way, we’ve had our windows up and the air conditioner running, and you can still smell it in our vehicle,” said Steve Caudill, who has lived six years on Fir Tree Lane. (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14) 

Another Resident Stated That She Couldn’t Sit On Her Porch Because The Smell Was So Bad. ““I can’t sit on my porch because it’s so bad,” said Freda Dixon, a seven-year resident of Juneberry Court. “I even put honeysuckle around trying to absorb some of the odor, and that didn’t even faze it.” (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14) 

A Third Resident Said He Could Smell The Raw Sewage When He Cut His Grass. “Two or three months ago, the sewage was in the ditch and was backing up so much there was a layer about an inch thick. You could smell the raw sewage when you were cutting the grass.” (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14) 

A Longtime Resident Can No Longer Open Her Windows Because The Smell Is So Bad. ““We can’t even open up our windows because the smell is so bad,” said one longtime resident who, like most others, did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation. “If you do, you get sick. You have to keep your air-conditioner going even when it’s cool outside.” (James McNair, “Sewage, Stench Plague a Louisville Mobile Home Park, Bringing Scrutiny for Well-Connected Owner,” WFPL, 8/21/14)

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