Grimes campaign files injuction against RPK for mailer; McConnell campaign "exploring legal recourse" on KDP mailer

10/31/2014 10:22 PM

With less than 100 hours left on the clock before Election Day the campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell are trading legal notices over campaign mailers.

The Grimes campaign reacted late Friday to a mailer circulating in Eastern Kentucky that looks like an official election notice, with bold text reading: “Election Violation Notice.”

Once opened the mailer lists claims Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes made in a TV ad that have since been rated false by the Washington Post.

The mailer was sent our by the Republican Party of Kentucky, and since it began landing in mailboxes state Democrats have cried foul with the state Democratic Party and House Speaker notifying the Attorney General, as Pure Politics reported on Friday.

The Grimes campaign filed an injunction on Friday afternoon requesting that “both state and federal authorities to investigate what, on its face, appears to be a clear violation of both Kentucky and federal laws.”

Jonathan Hurst the campaign manager for Grimes said the letter was a ploy by the McConnell campaign to “intimidate Kentuckians” in a statement sent to the media.

“Of all the terrible things Mitch McConnell has done during this 30 year career in Washington, this last-ditch campaign he authorized to intimidate Kentuckians and prevent them from exercising their right to vote is unquestionably his most despicable,” Hurst said.

Meanwhile, the McConnell campaign announced they were exploring legal options on a mailer the Kentucky Democratic Party sent out, and blasted the Grimes lawsuit as a publicity stunt.

“Alison Grimes spent hundreds of thousand of dollars defaming Senator McConnell and his wife on television with an ad she knowingly aired after it was found to be false and is now attempting to stop the Republican Party of Kentucky from correcting the record. The only legal question that should be pending in court is the Grimes campaign’s reckless attempt to sow racial division among Kentuckians with false information. Their overt targeting of minority voters with false and inflammatory claims in connection with an election must be stopped, and we are exploring all legal options available to do so,” said McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore.

The KDP mailer shows an African American family with text reading: “Mitch McConnell is targeting our community.”

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to cast their ballots on Election Day.


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