Democratic Super PAC backing Grimes in Ky. will get fundraising help from Obama

06/17/2014 10:30 AM

UPDATED WITH GRIMESCAMPAIGN RESPONSE: The Senate Majority PAC will get a boost from President Barack Obama on Tuesday when he attends a fundraiser in New York for the group which has been running ads in Kentucky over the past year against Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The Associated Press first reported that Obama would headline the fundraiser — his first in the 2014 election cycle. The Hill is also reporting that Obama will attend two other fundraisers on his trip to New York including fundraising for the House Majority PAC.

As Republican Super PACs continue to flood airwaves seeking to define McConnell’s Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and tie her to Obama, Grimes will need help to get her message out. But Obama is extremely unpopular in the state, garnering only 37 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Kentucky during the 2012 Presidential election.

In recent weeks Grimes has hit back against the president promising that she would only answer to Kentuckians in her first television ad of the campaign.

“No matter who the president is, I won’t answer to them. I’ll only answer to you,” Grimes said.

Grimes has also taken out newspaper ads in Kentucky coal counties highlighting Grimes’ displeasure with the EPA with ad copy reading, ”President Obama and Washington doesn’t get it… Alison Grimes does.”

The McConnell campaign quickly seized on a snafu in an early version of the ad which featured a stock photo of a European male model .

The Republican Party of Kentucky sought to tie Obama and Grimes together again with the fundraiser on Tuesday.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes may attempt to distance herself from the horribly unpopular President in Kentucky, but she can’t run away from the fact that Barack Obama needs her in the senate so he can enact his liberal anti-coal, anti-Kentucky agenda. What better way to bring in the big bucks for his Kentucky candidate than to headline a fundraiser for the Super PAC of Grimes’ trusted “Leader”,” RPK spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said in a statement.

The Grimes’ campaign responded to the Super PAC involvement in the U.S. Senate race saying they have asked McConnell’s campaign to agree and keep special interest groups out of the race.

“Weeks ago Alison Lundergan Grimes called for a People’s Pledge to keep outside special interests out of the Commonwealth and ensure both campaigns can deliver their messages to Kentuckians unvarnished. Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell refused to join her and once again sided with his Washington and Wall Street friends over the best interests of Kentuckians,” Grimes’ spokeswoman Charly Norton said in a statement sent to Pure Politics.

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



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