Democrats wary to comment on Grimes' allegations

08/29/2018 03:11 PM

LOUISVILLE- Republicans have called for a federal investigation into allegations that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes misused voter data—but so far unsurprisingly— top Democrats in Kentucky are staying mum.

When asked about the allegations Tuesday, Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office was looking into the claims.

“Given that the allegations are very new and very fresh, I think it would be premature to comment any further but we are in possession of that letter.” he said.

Mac Brown, Chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky, has called for a federal investigation into the claims as well as Dearing be granted whistleblower status. When asked if Dearing should be given protections associated with a whistleblower—Beshear stepped around the question.

“At the end of the day it’s important that when people have legitimate concerns about state government that they can come forward and make them. That there are sufficient protections in place for folks that have real concerns about what’s going on to be able to voice them.” he said.

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Louisville had a similar response to questions about the allegations surrounding Grimes on Wednesday. When asked how voters should feel about the allegations—Yarmuth said there is no proof that Grimes used any of the voter data improperly.

“I don’t know enough to offer much of a comment,” he said. “It seems like this is right now an internal dispute. Even though there is an allegation the Alison improperly accessed voter records there is no indication that she used them for any illicit or inappropriate purpose. I think everyone better hold their powder before they get more information on this.”

Yarmuth stood by Grimes record as Secretary of State when asked if voters should feel confident casting their ballots in November.

“Alison has been Secretary of State for seven years now and there has never been any hint of impropriety or inaccuracy or any other flaws in our voting system,” he said. “so I’m sure we’ll have a very honest election this year as well.”

On Monday, State Board of Elections Executive Director Jared Dearing send a letter to the board of elections accusing Grimes of improperly accessing the voter registration database. The letter expressed concerns that Grimes had weakened ‘checks and balances’ in the state’s election system.

The letter called for an ethics probe by the Executive Branch Ethics Committee.

A special meeting of the State Board of Elections was called Tuesday night. The board voted on a resolution during the meeting that Grimes is required to have access to the voter database.

This was the second allegation against Grimes for misusing the state’s voter database.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

5 Comments

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  • MikeTrip wrote on August 29, 2018 05:20 PM :

    I see the Beshear’s finger prints all over this. She is Baby Bashear’s biggest obstacle to the Governor’s mansion and they will let nothing stand in the way.

  • Heza Putz wrote on August 29, 2018 06:24 PM :

    Gawwwwd I hope Alison runs for Governor. A peeing match between two of the most corrupt Kentucky political families in recent history will require mucho popcorn…. muy caliente popcorn. Rocky’s gotta love it. PS Didn’t Pawpaw Son of a Preacher Man Stevie Beshear pardon a Dearing for illegal campaign contributions? Why, yes, I believe he did.

  • Heza Putz wrote on August 29, 2018 06:24 PM :

    Gawwwwd I hope Alison runs for Governor. A peeing match between two of the most corrupt Kentucky political families in recent history will require mucho popcorn…. muy caliente popcorn. Rocky’s gotta love it. PS Didn’t Pawpaw Son of a Preacher Man Stevie Beshear pardon a Dearing for illegal campaign contributions? Why, yes, I believe he did.

  • Dee W. wrote on August 29, 2018 11:10 PM :

    I don’t like Grimes at all but I think this is bogus. No evidence of this, but we can only speculate that this may have something to do with her likely future decision to run in the primary against Beshear for governor. The Lundergan / Beshear clash of those old rival wings of the party is sure to be one for the ages.

  • nutjob wrote on August 30, 2018 07:45 AM :

    did anybody proofread this story before publication?

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