Grimes reacts to landing on Politico's list of potential McConnell challengers

05/13/2011 05:17 PM

While most of Kentucky’s media has been focused on the 2011 elections with a primary just around the corner, one national media outlet took an interesting twist on 2011.

Politico’s Manu Raju made some assumptions about the 2011 primary elections with his eyes on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his 2014 re-election. There may not be a direct correlation behind the two.

The most interesting part is when Raju name-dropped four Democrats as “potential McConnell challengers,” including Gov. Steve Beshear, his running mate Jerry Abramson, Attorney General Jack Conway and Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Unlike the other three, Grimes hasn’t locked up the party’s nomination yet and has never held public office. And McConnell is the top Republican in the U.S. Senate.

In an interview with Pure Politics, Grimes said her focus was on her current race for Secretary of State. But she wouldn’t rule out a future run.

She said she likely was included in the article because she brings youth and energy.

Take a look:

Grimes’ opponent in the Democratic primary, Secretary of State Elaine Walker, said she was “surprised” Grimes was included. And Walker, the former Bowling Green mayor, said she expects Democratic voters on Tuesday will pick someone who has served in government.

“I think people generally want someone with experience,” she said.

-Reporting by Ryan Alessi and Kenny Colston


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