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

04/07/2013 01:38 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

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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