Grimes tells Democrats she is unsure of her next step but takes subtle swipe at McConnell

04/07/2013 02:38 PM

BARDSTOWN — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told a crowd of Nelson County Democrats on Friday that she’s still weighing her options for her next political move.

But that didn’t stop her from calling out the longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on some votes — if not by name.

Grimes, who is the youngest secretary of state in the country, is now the most talked-about potential Democratic challenger to the Senate minority leader now that actress Ashley Judd announced she won’t be running .

As the keynote speaker at the Nelson County Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Grimes shared a saying from her grandmother who passed last year.

“She told it to me when I started out two-years ago. She said Alison, you might not know what the whole journey holds, but it shouldn’t stop you from taking the first step,” Grimes said. “I’m here to tell you she gave me the courage — you all give me the courage to continue on in that journey.”

Still, Grimes was clear that she remains undecided about her next race, which could be the 2014 Senate race or a re-election run or race for attorney general in 2015 or something else.

“I don’t know what the next step is for me, but I can tell you that I’m here tonight because we’ve done it together,” Grimes told the crowd. “I look forward to what we will do together in the future.”

In her 30-minute speech Grimes never mentioned McConnell by name, although she did remind her fellow Democrats that they need to make good choices on whom to send on to Washington D.C. and to Frankfort. And she causally reminded the crowd of McConnell’s voting history.

“It makes a difference as to who you send, for instance, if you send someone to Frankfort or to D.C. that votes against the Violence Against Women Act,” Grimes said (at 1:15).

McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul voted against the measure, which is meant to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said in February that he believed Republicans had a problem with the legislation because of language extending protections to tribal members, immigrants, and members of the LGBT community.

At the time, Paul said his concern was with the spending in the bill.

Pure Politics will have more from Grimes’ speech – including her thoughts on Senate Bill 1 on the Monday edition of the show on cn|2 at 7:00 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m.

About Nick Storm

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  • Dee W. wrote on April 08, 2013 02:26 AM :

    “McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul voted against the measure, which is meant to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.”

    Because a bunch of other stuff was piggy-backed in it that had nothing to do with the stated title of the bill. If it had been passed clean to simply renew the legislation as it existed there would have been more votes for it.

  • Bill Huff wrote on April 08, 2013 01:13 PM :

    Obviously, Grimes evaluating her future options as to which race may be a surer political gamble. If so, she’s a tremendous disappointment. Today, Kentuckians need someone who has no fear of losing a political race, but has an overriding compassion for leading Kentuckians into a brighter economic future. Past Ky leaders for 25 years “dropped the ball”: BILLION OF TAX DOLLARS IN DEBT are directly due to PROCRASTINATION OF PAST LEADERS BECAUSE THEY TOO ARE CONSIDERING POLITICAL CONSEQUENCIES! MEANWHILE, KY IS SICKEST STATE; MOST IN DEBT WITH LESS-THAN-2 MILLION POPULATION; ONE-OF-THE-MOST UNDEREDUCATED STATE POPULATIONS; A STATE POPULATION REPRESENTED BY 20% OF CHILDREN UNDER 5, AND ONE-OUT-OF-5 SENIORS LIVING IN POVERTY ENHANCED THROUGH INADEQUATE INCOME & INSUFFICIENT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES.

    Who’s been our SENATOR during all of this “basement dwelling”?

  • Bruce Layne wrote on April 09, 2013 01:12 PM :

    We need more elected officials whose focus is on preserving our liberty and defending our Constitution (as their oath of office requires), and a lot fewer elected officials whose focus is on “weighing her options for her next political move.”

    The Republican Party and the Democratic Party both promote career politicians. We need to elect people to represent us, and not politicians who feather their own nest, amass political power, and protect their political party through divisive blind partisanship.

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