Conway says Grimes 'doing the smart thing' by waiting on DSCC; Grimes makes pitch for Ky women

06/07/2013 02:52 PM

Democrats gathered in Louisville Thursday to embrace their party and prepare to battle U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate race, even though they don’t have a challenger yet.

All eyes were on Alison Lundergan Grimes at Thursday’s Democratic Wendell Ford dinner in Louisville. The 34-year old Secretary of State has not announced her plans on the Senate race and if she will challenge McConnell. Although, Grimes has received plenty of encouragement to hurry up and make up her mind, as WFPL first reported .

Attorney General Jack Conway played referee between factions of the Democratic party who would like to see Grimes make her decision right away. Conway said he knows what it’s like to move through the process of deciding to run for U.S. Senate.

“There’s some of my very good friends who are really trying to hurry her up and push her along, but having been through this – when you’re getting recruited by the DSCC and talking to senators up in Washington they make you a lot of promises, and sometimes those promises aren’t always kept,” Conway said. “Alison (Lundergan Grimes) is doing the smart thing when they make a promise, she’s saying ok really are you going to help me make the calls, because there is not enough money in Kentucky to take on Mitch McConnell.”

Grimes did not address challenging McConnell when she spoke to the room full of Democrats on Thursday, and she largely avoided the media at the event, as has become her habit during this deciding period.

She did however address the five-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell in her speech – which had the tenor of a rallying cry.

“What we are doing here tonight and we are doing in coming months will send a message that Kentucky is ready to have a senator that stands up for Kentucky women, 53-percent of the electorate,” Grimes said.

The dinner was keynoted by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, who gave Grimes a nod and said his father would back the Democratic nominee.

“My dad has a relationship with Mitch McConnell they’ve gotten things done for the country, but he’s going to actively support whoever the nominee for the Democratic party is to take on the minority leader next year,” Biden said.

The filing deadline for the U.S. Senate race is January, 2014.


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