Grimes’ Hugh Jass Minimum Wage Hypocrisy

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October 21, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

While Campaigning On Minimum Wage, Grimes’ Family Business Only Pays Employees $2.13 Per Hour

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch released the following background information following a CNN report on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ minimum wage hypocrisy.

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Grimes’ Family Restaurant Pays Staffers Only The Minimum Wage. “But documents and interviews with employees reveal that, like many restaurants, her family's burger joint pays some tipped staffers minimum wage.” (Chris Frates, Scott Zamost, “Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers,” CNN, 10/20/14)

“Grimes’ Family Doesn’t Always Practice What She Preaches” . “But the restaurant owned by Grimes' family doesn't always practice what she preaches, and Kentucky Republicans have been happy to point that out.” (Chris Frates, Scott Zamost, “Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers,” CNN, 10/20/14)

Grimes Has Done Legal Work For Hugh Jass Burgers, As Well As Represent Them In A Lawsuit. “And while Grimes doesn't own the restaurant, she did do legal work for the business, signing incorporation documents and representing it in a lawsuit.” (Chris Frates, Scott Zamost, “Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers,” CNN, 10/20/14)

Hugh Jass Burger’s Menu Items “Has Raised Eyebrows”. “But minimum wage isn't the only issue dogging Grimes' family business. Hugh Jass Burgers -- say it out loud to get the joke -- has menu items like "Charlotte's Rack, sure to be voted biggest rack" named after Grimes' mom and "Abby's Hugh Jass," a burger named after her sister. They also sell souvenirs like an apron with "Check Out My Buns" emblazoned across it. The restaurant's approach has raised eyebrows, especially since Grimes' camp accused the GOP of sexism.” (Chris Frates, Scott Zamost, “Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers,” CNN, 10/20/14)

“When we tried to ask Grimes about her family's use of double entendre, she refused to answer, letting her security detail lead her away from reporters.” (Chris Frates, Scott Zamost, “Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers,” CNN, 10/20/14)

Alison Lundergan Grimes Has Made Minimum Wage The Centerpiece Of Her Campaign 

Grimes Claims To Have Been “The First” In “The Nation To Say That To Grow Our Middle Class We Need To Actually Pay People Not Just A Minimum Wage, But A Living Wage.” GRIMES: “We have led on this issue of raising the minimum wage. I was the first, not just here in Kentucky but also the nation to say that to grow our middle class we need to actually pay people not just a minimum wage, but a living wage.” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Press Gaggle, Owensboro, KY, 5/10/14)

 

Grimes: “Kentucky and this nation are ready for someone who believes as I do that it’s not just a minimum wage, it’s a living wage and each and every Kentuckian needs and deserves that. We’re ready for someone who’s vocabulary goes beyond ‘no’ as Mitch McConnell has said no now 15 times to increasing the minimum wage while he increases his pay each and every year. Together we will send the message that $7.25 barely raises a family above the poverty level, we must raise that wage to $10.10 if we’re going to go to the middle class.” (Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour Day 1 – Benton, KY, 5/9/14)

Grimes: “Because it is defenders of the status quo, people like Mitch McConnell who believe that the hardworking Kentuckians across this commonwealth will be fooled that some how we are foolish enough to believe that $7.25 an hour will actually help people get rich.” (Speech, Give America a Raise Bus Tour – Louisville, KY, 4/1/14)

Grimes: “They’re ready for someone who believes as I do, it’s not just a minimum wage; it's a living wage. $7.25, a family of four, cannot and will not be able to live the American Dream on. We must raise the minimum wage if we are going to grow the middle class.” (Harry Reid Fundraiser – Washington, D.C., 6/5/14)

Grimes: “You all know this, it’s not a minimum wage it’s a living wage and each and every Kentuckian needs and deserves to have that opportunity to live the American Dream and be a part of a shared prosperity.” (Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour – Harrodsburg, KY, 5/15/14)

Grimes: “I have said and will continue to stand by the first thing that I will put my name to is an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.” (Give America a Raise Bus Tour – Lexington, KY, 4/28/14)

Grimes: “I believe it’s time for us to have a Senator who knows it’s not just a minimum wage; it’s a living wage and each and every Kentuckian needs and deserves that opportunity to live the American dream.” (Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour – Russellville, KY, 5/10/14)

Grimes: “Versus my vision, which is one that I believe Kentuckians deserve not just a minimum wage, but a living wage so that we could all share in the American Dream; a shared prosperity that when we grow the middle class, we all, don’t just survive, we actually thrive. It may be the last thing Mitch McConnell will put his name to, but it will be the first thing that I put my name to when we are in the United States Senate.” (Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour – Franklin, KY, 5/17/14)

Grimes: “We’ve paid too much. We’ve paid too long We are ready for a senator who believes it’s not a minimum wage, it’s a living age.” (Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour – Shelbyville, KY, 5/19/14)

Grimes: “Who believes as I do, it’s not just a minimum wage, it’s a living wage, and each and every Kentuckian needs and deserves that in contrast to Mitch McConnell who says it’s the last thing he’ll put his name to, it’ll be the first thing I put my name to.” (Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour Day 1 – Mayfield, KY, 5/9/14)

 

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