GOP blasts Grimes for taking few questions over the weekend while McConnell took none

08/05/2013 11:58 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky criticized Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in a statement Monday by saying she “continues to hide from questions” because she only took a few from reporters during Fancy Farm weekend.

Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell gave zero interviews with Kentucky press while in Western Kentucky over the weekend.

Still, in a statement Monday, Steve Robertson said Grimes still “refuses to talk with the press, and when she does, she ducks and evades questions and repeats tired, boilerplate platitudes.”

Grimes offered two brief impromptu question and answer format interviews for reporters covering the race while at the Fancy Farm picnic over the weekend.

On Friday, she responded to questions following up on what problems she says she has with the Affordable Care Act. While she initially began the answer with her oft-repeated general position on “Obamacare,” she eventually did outline why she says she has concerns about the law.

She answered three questions before she cut off the session saying she was being called to the stage. However, she wasn’t being called to speak yet.

Grimes also spoke to reporters Saturday morning at the Democratic breakfast in Graves County. That question and answer session also only lasted a few minutes.

“(McConnell) has said that I’m a cheerleader for our President, but I’m as much a cheerleader for our President as our senior senator is a Chippendale dancer,” Grimes told reporters when asked about Obama.

McConnell, on the other hand, did not attend the Friday night pre-Fancy Farm GOP Chicken Dinner but did speak at the Graves County Republican breakfast just before the Fancy Farm picnic.

State Director for McConnell, Terry Carmack, told reporters that McConnell would not be answering questions after the breakfast. McConnell then took a meeting elsewhere in the Graves County High School where the breakfast was held, and later left out of a back door without taking questions.

That didn’t stop the Republican Party of Kentucky for blasting Grimes on Monday:

“Alison Lundergan Grimes refuses to talk with the press, and when she does, she ducks and evades questions and repeats tired, boilerplate platitudes. Voters want and deserve to know why she won’t answer questions about why she wants to restrict Kentuckians’ Second Amendment rights, why she won’t rule out higher taxes on Kentucky families, and why she wouldn’t work to repeal ObamaCare,” Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson said in a press release.

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  • WahSupDoc wrote on August 05, 2013 04:24 PM :

    I don’t recall seeing any questions being asked/ answered by McConnell… saw lots ‘o photos.. but no interaction.

  • KentuckyBjorn wrote on August 05, 2013 09:30 PM :

    McConnell truly thinks all Kentucky voters are idiots. How else do you explain a man running against “Washington politics” who has spent more time in D.C. than Kentucky for almost THREE DECADES? Time for voters to forcefully retire Mitch since he doesn’t have the integrity to admit that he is the problem in Washington. He’s just another leech living off the hard work of American taxpayers.

  • Marion County wrote on August 05, 2013 10:02 PM :

    KenturckyBjorn, Maybe we are a bunch of idiots here because we continue to elect McConnell. Hopefully Kentuckians will rove me wrong this time.

  • Bruce Layne wrote on August 06, 2013 05:10 AM :

    We can look forward to over a year of this snarky deception. And to think, I was naive enough to believe that 2013 was a rare off year for politics in Kentucky. It was a nice three months while it lasted.

    This is typical of what we’ve come to expect from the McConnell Machine. All of these baseless attacks, mindless distractions, and the pot calling the kettle black – anything to avoid discussing the real issues or being forced to answer for all of the career politician behavior as a 30 year DC insider. Kentucky needs to elect another senator to represent us instead of Wall Street banksters.

  • Michael Adams wrote on August 06, 2013 06:53 AM :

    Funny that CN2 chose to limit the time period of consideration to the past weekend. The press release from RPK does not limit the timeframe. Their complaint is that she has avoided answering questions about her positions, not over the past weekend, but ever. Their press release references two articles: one from Al Cross, which does focus on the past weekend, but another from Politico, which focuses on the fact that she has avoided answering questions for over a month, since ALG’s “botched July 1 announcement.”

    There is no equivalence though. McConnell has been answering questions about his position on the issues for decades. Indeed, ALG’s campaign is centered on her not being satisfied with the answers Senator McConnell has been giving for decades. But he is a (nationally) well-known commodity; ALG is not. To see this you need only go to a site like Project Vote Smart and search the two candidates. They have 92 pages on McConnell’s positions/speeches/statements/votes/issue-group-ratings; ALG has part of 1 page.

    I support news outlets putting pressure on candidates to regularly answer questions. That is a public service that enables voters to hold their elected officials accountable. However, pretending there is some sort of equivalence here does not border on the absurd, it is in deep absurdity land.

    Also, Mr. Robertson is wrong about her dodging the media entirely. ALG did give an interview to Howard Fineman the night before Fancy Farm that he reported in The Huffington Post on August 3. The Huffington Post is a gutter news outlet with little credibility, so Mr. Robertson may have missed it for that reason. But if you want to find ALG’s positions on the issues, you have to look in the gutter.

    There you will find that Alison is pro-abortion and supports Obamacare. (Ironically, after declaring herself pro-abortion in the article, she defends Obamacare by saying she doesn’t want “to throw the baby out with the bath water.” ALG prefers killing babies in the womb.)

    Also, ALG not only supports gay marriage, she sponsors their activists. Check out the Fairness Campaign Newsletter, page 1, May 2011.

  • John Valentine wrote on August 06, 2013 11:37 AM :

    When your candidate is behind in the polls, start making stuff up.

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