Skip to comments.Fundraiser attendees dispute Grimes' claim of talking coal with Reid
Posted on 06/09/2014 7:47:46 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
After assuring Kentuckians that she would use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to press the issue of coal, attendees at the event say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes did not bring the issue up once.
The Grimes campaign told The Hill that the Democratic senate candidate had strong words for the Senate Majority leader, who the Republicans have worked to tie Grimes to throughout the campaign.
She offered real stories of Kentuckians struggling to make ends meet and stressed that we need a comprehensive, balanced approach that reigns in the EPA, invests in clean coal technology, and keeps foreign markets open for Kentucky coal, Grimes campaign manger Jonathan Hurst said in an email to the Hill on Monday.
However, Grimes didnt speak about coal once in an eleven minute speech at the fundraiser, according to Politico .
The publication obtained a recording of the fundraising event from an attendee. Politico reports that not once in the recording does Grimes say the word coal.
The office of Senator Reid told both Politico and The Hill that Grimes did express her opposition of the Environmental Protection Agency regulations to Reid and added that the two have spoken about the issue since the fundraiser as well. In the recording, Grimes says she and Reid speak on the phone frequently.
According to Politico, Reid spoke highly of Grimes in his speech to the 60 attendees at the fundraiser, even calling her the perfect candidate.
So Alison, Im not only depending on you, and my 54 Democratic senators are depending on you, but our country is depending on you, Reid said. I say that as unequivocally as I can.
The McConnell campaign responded to the fundraiser and recording by saying the saga is indicative of the type of senator she would be.
Alison Lundergan Grimes just did exactly what every Kentuckian knew she would tell them one thing and do another with Harry Reid. If there was any question about what she would do as a Senator, this tape erased all doubt, McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.
As for whether or not Reid, who the Republicans frequently remind voters through ads and other mediums made the comments coal makes us sick, could hurt Grimes campaign, House Speaker Greg Stumbo told Pure Politics he is not worried about it affecting her.
I bet you if you took a poll in Kentucky, there wouldnt be 30 percent of the people who knew who the hell Harry Reid was, Stumbo said. I think people recognize that you have to raise money outside of Kentucky.
Stumbo also said Grimes needs to do a better job of continuing to lay the blame of the loss of coal jobs on McConnell because he believes that message will resonate with voters.
Unfortunately, Grimes may be too incompetent to even beat the treacherous McConnell.
The ‘good-old-boy’ club has to be broken up in DC or our kids won’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of having a life like we had. That applies to both democrats and republicans....
I am shocked, shocked I tell you that we have run across another democrat that is a lier!!!! It is so uncharacteristic of them to not tell the truth, isn’t it?