Grimes explains her decision to run for U.S. Senate as the 'best move' for Kentucky

07/01/2013 04:44 PM

Newly-announced Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes told supporters and reporters that her bid to challenge five-term incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell would be the “best move” for Kentucky.

Grimes met with supporters which included former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, Rep. Sannie Overly, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, Rep. Darryl Owens, Sen. Kathy Stein, and Sen. Julian Carroll for 40-minutes in a building which served as her campaign headquarters for her run for secretary of state in 2011.

In a brief statement to dozens of reporters, Grimes said that her deliberate “due diligence” in the lead-up to her decision to run did not come from a reluctance.

Grimes said she is used to being the underdog in her campaigns, and she’ll walk into this race behind in fundraising to McConnell who has already raised $12 million through the first quarter of this year. The third quarter for fundraising begins today. McConnell’s second-quarter report will be available after July 15. Grimes only took two questions from the media at the announcement.

Jonathan Hurst who has been acting as an adviser to Grimes told reporters after the press conference that the next step is to begin the campaign process which will likely include announcements in several parts over the state in the next month.

Hurst said decisions as to who will manage the campaign will also be made in the coming weeks.

McConnell released a statement calling Grimes entrance into the race as “courageous.”

“The next sixteen months will provide a great opportunity for Kentuckians to contrast a liberal agenda that promotes a war on coal families and government rationed health care with someone who works everyday to protect Kentuckians from those bad ideas. Together we’ve invested a lot to ensure that Kentucky’s voice in the U.S. Senate is heard from the front of the line rather than the back-bench and I intend to earn the support to keep it there,” McConnell said in a statement.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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