Grimes meets with Beshear about Senate race for 1st time, says she's doing her due diligence

04/23/2013 11:46 AM

Secretary of State Alison Grimes, currently Kentucky Democrats’ best hope among elected officials to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, said she is doing her due diligence and will continue seeking input from supporters about whether to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Grimes is meeting with Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday for the first time to talk about the U.S. Senate race. Grimes told Pure Politics on her way into a ceremonial bill signing with Beshear that the meeting was at the governor’s request.

Beshear said after the ceremony that the Senate race was one of the topics he expected to discuss with Grimes and that he thinks she would be a strong candidate against McConnell.

The ceremony was for the signing of Senate Bill 1, which would allow overseas military personnel to more efficiently file their ballots from abroad. It was the top legislative priority of Grimes.

Grimes told reporters she had not made a decision yet about whether to challenge McConnell and side-stepped questions from Joe Arnold of WHAS about her reaction to the recording of a strategy session in which McConnell’s top aides discussed her potential strengths and weaknesses as a candidate.

Here’s what she told reporters:

(For more, watch Pure Politics Tuesday night at 7 p.m. EST or 11:30 p.m. or On Demand at Insight’s channel 103.)

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or


  • Same Ole Same Ole wrote on April 23, 2013 11:45 PM :

    I had such high hopes for SOS Grimes. I was hoping we elected a democrat who was not the same ole politician we had elected a million times before. A democrat who was not afraid to give an answer to a question, a democrat who was not wanting to dodge questions, a democrat who was not scared to give a straight answer because it might offend two or three people.
    SOS Grimes will not answer the question about the Senate or Progressive Kentucky. Maybe she is more liberal than we thought or were led to believe. Democrats are scared of McConnell or they would demand our leader, Gov. Beshear take him on. But Gov Beshear will direct his large democratic credibility to his son’s race for Attorney General. By Beshear meeting with Grimes, telling her how she can beat McConnell, Behear will clear her from running against his son.

    We worked hard to elect a “new” democrat but wasted our time once again on SOS Grimes. We were told one thing and we sit here and watch her morph into the same ole Kentucky Democrat. Might as well get the cookie cutter out and add her likeness to our democratic recipe.

  • OH WELL wrote on April 25, 2013 09:35 AM :


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