By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is making the most of her grandmother in her campaign.
The Grimes campaign launched Wednesday “Grannies for Grimes,” an initiative to mobilize seniors across the state. Wednesday marks the 78th anniversary of Social Security.
Led by Grimes’ maternal grandmother, Elsie Case, 83, of Maysville, “Grannies for Grimes” will equip grassroots volunteers with resources and tools needed to organize in the community.
The grandmother, who has been featured in Grimes’ ads for U.S. Senate and in her 2011 ads for secretary of state, will provide updates from the campaign trail on her personal Twitter and the “Grannies for Grimes” Facebook, and she’ll provide information on how seniors in Kentucky can get involved with the campaign.
“After conversations with grandparents across Kentucky, I’m beyond thrilled to kick off ‘Grannies for Grimes,’” Elsie Case said in a news release. “There’s simply too much at stake in this campaign to sit on the sidelines.”
She said Grimes thinks that the country must keep its promise of a secure retirement for our nation’s seniors, and she is focused on spending smarter, reducing waste in the Medicare system, and improving coordination of care.
The grandmother claimed that Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell , who is seeking re-election next year, “wants to devastate Social Security through privatization and gut Medicare as we know it.
“He has backed a proposal that would put insurance companies in charge of making seniors’ health care decisions, take long-term coverage away from thousands of Kentucky’s seniors and increase their out-of-pocket costs by nearly $6,000 per year,” Case said.
Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for the McConnell campaign, said via email, “No one has fought harder than Mitch McConnell to protect Kentucky’s seniors. Maybe this new initiative can explain why Alison Lundergan Grimes supports the implementation of Obamacare, which robs over $600 billion from Medicare and threatens to crash the entire system.”