Alison Lundergan Grimes campaigns across the state, points out endorsements and places she's visited

05/14/2011 08:46 AM

Alison Lundergan Grimes will be the first one to tell you that she has several endorsements, who those endorsements are from, and likely a few more details, if you asked her.

But her biggest endorser is not a union or a politician. It’s her father, former Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, who has long been involved in Kentucky Democratic Party politics. His countless political connections have made it possible for Grimes to amass more than $400,000 for her primary campaign.

But Grimes didn’t raise that money solely based on who her father is. She also has a tireless work ethic, a propensity to say things in a convincing and strong way, and to not usually stray from that message. Her campaign relentlessness has been compared to Wendell Ford’s legendary campaigning.

If she’s hit with a question she doesn’t have a great answer for or doesn’t really want to answer, she just starts telling you what’s great about her candidacy.

But it’s not often at this point in the campaign, that she doesn’t have a polished answer. Sometimes, maybe a little too polished.

On a recent campaign stop, Grimes was touting another endorsement.

“We started out this morning getting another statewide endorsements for a total of nine endorsements, eight statewide, from the Kentucky State Council of Machinists,” Grimes said. (see the :45 mark of the clip)

She goes on to say that she’s endorsed by Kentucky’s only female governor, former Gov. Martha Layne Collins. Then touts that former U.S. Senate primary rivals, Attorney Gen. Jack Conway and Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo, are co-chairing her get out the vote campaign.

“We’ve been all across this state, Ryan, in the north, the south, the east and west. We’ve been up to Boone, Kenton and Campbell over to Pike and Floyd, all the way to our river counties,” Grimes said. (see the 1:30 mark of the clip)

She was recently mentioned as a possible opponent for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, even before winning her first primary for any elected office. Her response to that was polished, in which she basically said it’s nice to be mentioned, but I’m focused on the race I’m in.


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