Democrats rally around Grimes and keeping control of the state House

07/25/2014 03:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — High profile Democrats from across the state came together in Louisville Thursday night at the annual Wendell Ford Dinner to rally around Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and roast Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

To the chant of “amen” Grimes rallied 700 Democrats in a showing of solidarity in her campaign against the most powerful Republican in the United States. With just months left to go Grimes and McConnell remain in a virtual dead heat in the polls, and the Democratic Secretary of State told the crowd she’s primed to go all the way.

Grimes told the crowd that she has put her life on the line in the race against McConnell, and with the help of the party she is on the “verge of making history.”

“We have broken records together. The record I’m focused on is November 4th,” Grimes said.

The Grimes campaign brought in $4 million in the 2nd Quarter of the year in donations — a record Kentucky campaign haul.

Grimes has been trying to seek distance from President Barack Obama during the course of election as McConnell has tried to nationalize the race as a referendum on Obama and coal.

And, Thursday night Grimes lambasted McConnell saying “he just doesn’t get it. That’s how out of touch he is.”

“In case you’re listening tonight, Senator, let me make this clear this race is between me and you and I will hold you accountable for your 30-years of failed leadership,” she said.

Also key for Democrats this fall is holding onto the House of Representatives, the chamber the party has their slimmest majority since the 1920s and holding the House and defeating McConnell were the themes for the evening.

Attorney General Jack Conway, who is running for governor in the next cycle, said his focus is on 2014 and not 2015.

“We have a job to do. We have a state House, the people’s house, that must be held not for a party but for the people that are served by that party,” Conway said.


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