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Politico: Grimes never mentioned coal during fundraiser with Harry Reid

McConnellGrimesBy Sam Youngman
syoungman@herald-leader.com

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes had promised to use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week to defend Kentucky’s coal industry, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington 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.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes just did exactly what every Kentuckian knew she would — tell them one thing and do another with Harry Reid,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said. “If there was any question about what she would do as a senator, this tape erased all doubt.”

In the days leading up to the fundraiser, when Grimes and McConnell were battling over new proposed carbon-dioxide emmissions rules for power plants, Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said that “Alison is absolutely livid about the new rule and plans to use the event to share the stories of how Kentuckians are hurting and demand that the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology.”

The Grimes campaign and Reid’s office objected to the Politico report, saying that Grimes had a “private conversation” with Reid about the new EPA regulations.

According to Politico, one attendee said “there is no way” Reid and Grimes spoke in private because the majority leader arrived late and left early, but another unnamed Democrat told the website that Grimes had spoken to Reid about coal by phone after the fundraiser.

Jonathan Hurst, Grimes’ senior adviser, told the news organization that “Alison had strong words [with Reid] with regards to the EPA ruling.”

“We definitely did exactly what we said we were going to do,” Hurst said.

Filed Under: Alison Lundergan GrimesElectionsMitch McConnellUS Senate Race

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  1. ralph+emerson says:

    This babe, if elected, will horse hose the state.

  2. Buck Feshear says:

    Did anyone expect that she would? She doesn’t have the testicles to stand up to her masters and the puppeteers who pull her strings. The DC liberal elite own her and she doesn’t have the clout to stand up to them. She will get a dispensation to vote against her owners only when they say it’s OK, like Ben Chandler got from Nancy Pelosi to vote against Obamacare after he voted for cap & trade and it blew up in his face.

    Jerry Lundergan’s spawn will say what she thinks Kentuckians want to hear, but will do what her masters want. And they don’t want to be told how wrong they are about coal.

  3. CoolerKing says:

    And Slanted Sam Youngman never mentions Mitch McConnell’s blatant falsehoods about the Affordable Care Act. (Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1k0S9yr )

    Quit being a right-wing stenographer, Sam. We already have Fox News, Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, etc, etc, for that.

  4. Buck Feshear says:

    And FreezerQueen has CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, the Courier-Journal, Joel Pett, Merlene Davis, Tom Eblen, Jack Brammer, Larry Dale Keeling, John Cheves, Maureen Dowd, Tom Friedman, Paul Krugman, the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, etc., etc., spreading the BS for his side. Not to mention RINOs like David Brooks, David Frum, Al Cross, and a whole bunch of others.

    You going ballistic because one writer at a liberal paper doesn’t toe the line is hilarious, considering how much of a monopoly your side generally has on the media.