2014 U.S. Senate Chatter: WaPost says Grimes' ad misstates McConnell obstruction; Grimes fundraises with clean energy supporter

10/29/2013 02:34 PM

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes may have exaggerated a claim in her latest web ad against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, according to a Washington Post fact-checker.

In the ad , which launched online Monday, Grimes’ campaign claimed that McConnell was responsible for blocking the Senate 400 times. The ad shows a house burning down to illustrate the Grimes camp’s point. However, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler says it’s Grimes who’s on fire — at least her pants anyway.

The Grimes campaign cited the figure in question from a July article by Louisville’s WFPL . The Post says the “radio station made a error relatively common among non-experts on Senate procedures — mixing up ‘filibuster’ and ‘cloture,’ which is a process intended to bring parliamentary debate to an end.”

Kessler concludes that only 120 times has action been blocked in the Senate during McConnell’s time in office.

“By the data, it looks like McConnell is actually pretty bad at obstruction. Most of time, Democrats prevail over Republicans,” Kessler wrote.

Grimes fundraising in San Fransisco with clean energy supporter

Grimes, meanwhile, made her way to a fundraiser in California hosted by a clean energy supporter on Tuesday.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported that Grimes will appear with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has been outspoken about energy issues.

Newsom told the San Fransico Examiner in 2011 that he wanted to focus on sustainable development to curb high unemployment rates in some counties in California.

“We have got to dramatically address this girth of unemployment,” he said. “If we put $1 billion toward coal we get 890 jobs. However, if we put $1 billion toward solar we get 1,900 jobs.”

Later in 2011, Newsom again made news in New York when he described coal and nuclear power as fuels from hell.

“You can go back to the old economy and the fuels from hell, the coal economy and nuclear, or you can get into the renewable economy and actually create more jobs, reduce your costs, and begin to focus on the global perspective and be more competitive with smart infrastructure and 21st century infrastructure,” Newsom said.

That merely gave McConnell more fodder against Grimes, especially as McConnell joined a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday alongside coal miners to criticize U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

Grimes’ campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton issued a statement on the rally in Washington D.C. promising that Grimes would stand up to fellow Democrats in Washington to support the industry.

“As Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator, Alison will stand up to members of her own party and continue to support the coal industry and its miners,” Norton said. “She will reach across the aisle to fight for incentives for companies to continue to invest in coal, push for loan guarantees from the federal government for clean coal technology and facility upgrades and help protect Kentucky jobs.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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