Grimes Won’t Defend Coal… Again

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October 6, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Obama’s Kentucky Candidate Refusing To Denounce Anti-Coal Sentiment Within Her Own Campaign

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information after Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to distance herself from allegations that she is lying about her support for Kentucky coal.

‎”The fact Grimes has not denounced campaign staffers who say she’s anti-coal is just the latest proof that Obama’s Kentucky candidate is no more interested in defending this industry than she was the day she lied about raising the subject at a Harry Reid fundraiser,” said Team Mitch campaign spokesperson Allison Moore. 

FLASHBACK: Grimes Didn’t Defend Coal At Reid Fundraiser

Grimes Appeared At A D.C. Fundraiser With Harry Reid In June 2014 “Just Three Days After The EPA Announced” New Emissions Regulations. “Just as Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tries to run away from Washington Democrats’ environmental positions, she’s set to fundraise with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Grimes — the Democratic nominee to take on Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell — is slated to attend a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Thursday with Reid at a Capitol Hill hotel, according to an invitation that first appeared on the website ActBlue last month. That’s just three days after the EPA announced it would clamp down on carbon emissions by up to 30 percent over the next 15 years, a proposal expected to disproportionately hit the coal industry.” (Burgess Everett, “Grimes To Hold D.C. Fundraiser With Reid,” Politico, 6/2/14) 

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,” The Lexington Herald Leader, 6/9/14) 

“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) 

“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) 

“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) 

WHAS-TV: “During Her Remarks, Grimes Indicates That She And Reid Are In Regular Contact About Her Campaign, A Potentially Troublesome Admission.” “During her remarks, Grimes indicates that she and Reid are in regular contact about her campaign, a potentially troublesome admission as the McConnell camp attempts to nationalize the race and link Grimes to Reid and President Barack Obama. ‘The leader always tells me that when we talk as you all know, there are a lot of friends in this room who have been with this campaign before it was cool to be with this campaign,’ she said.” (Joe Arnold, “No Mention Of Coal, EPA In Secret Recording Of Grimes Fundraiser,” WHAS, 6/10/14) 

“The Grimes’ Campaign Scrambled To Explain That Grimes And Reid Had A ‘Private Conversation’ In Which Grimes Kept Her Promise…” “Grimes' campaign spokeswoman said in the days leading up to the Washington, D.C. fundraiser that Grimes was ‘absolutely livid’ about new environmental regulations and would ‘use the event’ to tell Reid about her displeasure. After the audio tape was released Monday evening, the Grimes' campaign scrambled to explain that Grimes and Reid had a ‘private conversation’ in which Grimes kept her promise to ‘share the stories of how Kentuckians are hurting and demand that the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology.’” (Sam Youngman, “McConnell Hammers Grimes On Recording, But Real Damage Could Come Later,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/11/14) 

CNN’s John King: “She runs this ad saying I’m going to go to Washington, I’m going to be an independent voice, I’m going to send a message to democratic leadership. I won’t be in President Obama’s pocket, and then she comes to this fundraiser, and does not mention her concerns about coal policy, which she had promised to do Manu, you say in your story. And she also talks about how close she is to the Democratic Leader Harry Reid. This could be a huge problem for her back home.” (CNN’s “New Day,” 6/10/14)  

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