Having been born in Kentucky, and still having quite a lot of family there, I make it a point to keep up on Bluegrass State politics to some extent. And, I was incredibly disappointed, some months ago, to learn that I wouldn’t have an opportunity to go door-to-door in my parents’ neighborhood, explaining to their conservative neighbors why even Ashley Judd would be a better choice to represent them in the Senate than the criminally obstructionist Mitch McConnell. (McConnell, it would seem forced Judd from the race after making it know that the election would largely center on her well-documented battles with depression and views on Christianity.) Well, it looks as though Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is now officially stepping into the ring, with Judd’s support, to take on the rich and powerful Senate Minority Leader. Here she is speaking about her candidacy, and why she’s running, in a video released yesterday.
The whole thing is a little too saccharine, and the music is a bit too overwhelming for my taste, but I suspect it might be the right note to hit with the voters of Kentucky. In spite of a less than stellar campaign launch earlier this month, my sense is that Grimes knows what she’s doing. Her father is a former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman, and she won the Secretary of State primary by a double digit margin against the incumbent, then went on to beat her Republican challenger in the general election by 10%, which, for a Democrat in Kentucky, is pretty remarkable.
And, as if all that weren’t enough, her grandmother pretty much calls McConnell a “bitch” in the ad above… which pretty much says to me that Grimes is ready for the fight.
According to Republican polling, Grimes is currently trailing McConnell by 8 points, with 12 percent undecided, but I suspect that will narrow sharply, as the women of Kentucky realize they have a viable alternative to McConnell, who voted against the Violence Against Women Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and any number of other bills intended to improve the condition of American women… But, I’m sure McConnell and his corporate sponsors still have a few tricks up their sleeves, which is why I’m about to ask that you open your billfolds and purses, and give Grimes a little cash.
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