One Year Later, It Is Clear That Obama Found His “Perfect” Kentucky Candidate


July 1, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on the one-year anniversary of Alison Lundergan Grimes announcing that she would be President Obama’s Kentucky candidate for U.S. Senate.

“One year after her disastrous campaign roll out, it is now clear that Alison Lundergan Grimes is not the independent voice she claims to be, but Barack Obama’s 'perfect' Kentucky candidate to vote in favor of his pro-Obamacare, pro-tax hike, anti-gun and anti-coal liberal agenda in the Senate,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

One-Year Ago, Grimes Launched Campaign With A Disastrous, “Clumsy” Rollout

Alison Grimes Announced Her Senate Candidacy With An Old Banner, Toilet Paper Propping Up A Microphone, And No Website. “The hastily arranged event started about a half-hour behind schedule with no signs to proclaim a U.S. Senate campaign, just a banner left over from her 2011 Secretary of State race.  In the bank of microphones before her, one was propped inside a roll of toilet paper.  Grimes has no active campaign website nor facebook page.  With no place for supporters to make campaign donations, some people asked on Internet message boards where they could send a contribution.” (Joe Arnold, “Grimes rocky rollout a purposeful ploy?,” WHAS, 7/3/13)

Prominent Democrat Consultant: “This Will Go Down As One Of The Worst Rollouts Ever.” “‘This will go down as one of the worst rollouts ever,’ said the consultant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment.” (Aaron Blake, “McConnell Challenger Grimes’s Senate Campaign In Kentucky Gets Off To Rough Start,” The Washington Post, 7/3/13)

Grimes Cited The “Donut Burger” As A Reason She Supports Obamacare

VIDEO: WHAS11’s Joe Arnold: Grimes “Actually Drew A Link Between The Fatty Foods Sold Here At The Kentucky State Fair And The Need For Seniors To Have” ObamaCare. WHAS 11 JOE ARNOLD: “Because the Affordable Care Act changes Medicare payment formulas, cutting an estimated $700 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years, Republicans argue ObamaCare will hurt senior citizens. So I asked Grimes does she agrees, and if so whether the health care expansion should be delayed?” GRIMES: “I’m troubled with certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act. But we're here at the State Fair and if there's three reasons why Kentuckians, especially our seniors need access to affordable health care coverage, you just have to look over to the right where you see the donut burger, the chili cheesesteak and the covered French fries that are here. There are 640,000 Kentuckians who previously did not have access to insurance and as Senator McConnell himself has acknowledged, there are some good things but we don’t need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.” (WHAS11, 8/20/13)

In Kentucky, Grimes Won’t Answer Questions That Show Her True Allegiance To Obama, Liberal Allies

Grimes Gave 8 Non-Answers In A 9 Minute Interview With Politico This Year. (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes takes on Mitch McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)

Grimes’ “Responses To Questions About Hot-Button Issues Are Scripted … Or Not Responsive At All.” “What those competing pressures have produced is an approach marked by extreme caution. Campaign appearances are sporadic and tightly managed. Responses to questions about hot-button issues are scripted — excessively, in the minds of even some allies — or not responsive at all, lest Grimes take a position that upsets either her liberal base or the moderate voters she needs to win over.” (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes takes on Mitch McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)

Grimes Wouldn’t Promise To Repeal Federal Regulations Effectively Limiting Coal Production. “Mr. McConnell wants to repeal federal regulations that would effectively limit coal production. Ms. Grimes promises only to ‘rein in over burdensome regulations.’” (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Kentucky Challenger Sets Sights On Senate G.O.P. Heavyweight,” The New York Times, 2/21/14)

 “Asked Whether She’d Vote For The President Again If She Had A Chance To Do It Over, Grimes Said ‘Your Facts Are Mistaken There’ And Wouldn’t Go Further.” “Asked whether she’d vote for the president again if she had a chance to do it over, Grimes said ‘your facts are mistaken there’ and wouldn’t go further. A spokeswoman later said Grimes had been a Hillary Clinton delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention, though she was a member of the Kentucky delegation to the convention four years later and said publicly at the time that she backed the president’s reelection bid.” (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes takes on Mitch McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)

Grimes Aligns With Anti-Coal, Anti-Gun Hollywood Liberals

Grimes Has “Gone Hollywood”. ““Gone Hollywood” is a classic Republican attack line on Democrats who tend to have a few more friends in Tinseltown than their GOP  counterparts (just look around the political party national conventions for the celebs in attendance). And Grimes, despite her hard stance on environmental regulations and her iffiness on Obamacare, has quite a few famous allies, suggesting the motivation is moreabout ousting McConnell.” (Colby Itkowitz, “Alison Lundergan Grimes hangs with Hollywood,”Washington Post, 6/19/14)

 “Grimes Is Getting Financial Support From Some Of The Biggest Names In Hollywood.” “Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting financial support from some of the biggest names in Hollywood in her bid to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Steven Spielberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Danny DeVito and Barbra Streisand were among a long list of celebrities in Grimes' first fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission. … Grimes tapped into her celebrity windfall with help from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chief executive officer of DreamWorks Animation, who hosted a Los Angeles fundraiser for her last month. Donors included Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Douglas, Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Nicholas Cage, Ted Danson and Ben Stiller, most of whom gave maximum $5,200 contributions.” (Roger Alford, “Hollywood Celebrities Investing In KY. Senate Race,” The Associated Press, 10/29/13)

In June 2014, Grimes Was “Rubbing Elbows With Manhattan Elites” At An “Elite Restaurant” Hosted By Harvey Weinstein And Jeffrey Katzenberg. “In an effort to woo rural Kentucky voters, Alison Lundergan Grimes strains to distance herself from Washington, President Obama and all the insidery politics condemned by folks outside the Beltway. But to beat an established institution like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell requires a lot of money, so a candidate can’t afford to be choosy about whose checks she cashes. Even if they’re bound to raise a few eyebrows back home. Next week, to close out the second quarter, Grimes will be rubbing elbows with Manhattan elites at The Waverly Inn, a see and be seen elite restaurant in the West Village, known for its celebrity sightings. Makes sense since the cocktail party in her honor is hosted by a Hollywood hotshot duo, producer Harvey Weinstein and Dreamworks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.” (Colby Itkowitz, “Alison Lundergan Grimes Hangs With Hollywood,” The Washington Post’s “In The Loop,” 6/19/14)

Grimes Copies Liberal Senator’s Tax Hike Polices

Grimes Plan To Pay For The Brent-Spence Bridge Would Involve Raising Taxes. “One minute before McConnell was scheduled to speak, Democratic candidate AlisonLundergan Grimes released her plan to raise money for the bridges, by eliminating what she called tax loopholes "for millionaires and billionaires." She doesn't like tolls either.” (Chris Turner, “McConnell, Grimes release competing plans for bridge funding,” WDRB, 6/20/14)

Grimes Copied Directly From The Liberal Senate Budget Committee’s Tax Plan In Her Plan To Pay For The Brent Spence Bridge. “Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes endorsed a plan by the Senate Budget Committee that she said would close the shortfall in the Federal Highway Trust Fund and pay for the bridge.” (Adam Beam, “McConnell, Grimes announce competing bridge plans,” Associated Press, 6/20/14)


Grimes Lied To Kentucky Voters About Standing Up For Coal With Harry Reid

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)

Grimes Brought The Most Liberal Senator In The Senate To Campaign For Her

Alison Lundergan Grimes Is Bringing In Liberal Elizabeth Warren To “Change The Subject” From Coal. “After weeks of coal criticism from Mitch McConnell, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wants to change the subject. Grimes' campaign announced Thursday a series of campaign events with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to criticize McConnell for blocking a bill that would have allowed college students to refinance their loans. (“Warren to Campaign with Grimes in Kentucky,”Associated Press, 6/13/14)

ABC: “Warren’s environmental positions may stir controversy in the two coal states”. (Benjamin Siegel, “Is Elizabeth Warren Too Liberal for the Campaign Trail?,” ABC, 6/30/14)

Warren’s Visit Highlights Grimes Ties To “Liberal, National Democrats”. “To McConnell and Republicans, Warren's presence in the Bluegrass State is another chance to highlight Grimes' ties to liberal national Democrats who are out of step with Kentucky voters on issues such as coal and guns.” (Sam Youngman, “Sen. Elizabeth Warren's visit to Kentucky welcomed by Grimes and McConnell,” Herald-Leader, 6/27/14)

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