Grimes downplays gubernatorial ambitions but says economic development would be

10/10/2011 07:13 AM

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, told primary supporters she hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins — the only woman to serve as Kentucky’s governor.

Grimes said on Pure Politics it would be an honor to one day be inaugurated as governor but that she is focused on winning the Nov. 8 election for secretary of state.

“The reference there was to her economic development efforts that she has really laid the foundation for,” Grimes said. (That part of the discussion is between 6:10 -7:35 of the interview).

During the interview last week on Pure Politics, Grimes said she will air TV ads. Her Republican opponent, Bill Johnson, told Pure Politics on Sunday he is hoping to finalize scripts for radio ads to start in the next two weeks.

But both will have the same challenge reaching voters because of lukewarm interest in the election, according to current Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

“Kentuckians are tired — I’m tired — of the empty soundbites, of the scare tactics,” Grimes said of the reason for low voter interest (at 2:10 of the interview.)

When asked whether Kentuckians are hearing enough about plans and solutions from the candidates for governor, “I’ve seen a lack of plans coming forward, let me put it that way.” (2:35 of the interview).

Grimes, however, praised Gov. Steve Beshear for helping guide the state government “through some very hard economic times.”

Grimes fielded questions about her focus on economic development — and how it would mesh or conflict with the governor’s cabinet for economic development. (3:30 – 6:05).

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