Grimes to hold separate election night celebration, then join Democrats later

11/03/2011 10:59 AM

Democratic candidate for secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes will host her own election night event in Lexington on Tuesday but plans to join the other Democratic candidates in Frankfort later that night.

“She will spend the majority of the night at the Carrick House. Then, depending on what happens, the plan is to join the others at 10 p.m. over in Frankfort,” said Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan. Lundergan, the former Democratic Party chairman, owns the Carrick House.

Lundergan said the Grimes campaign is planning for 400-500 people at the Carrick House and set up that event to make it easier for supporters to attend.

“We’re going to start out here in Lexington because we’ve got so many friends here in Lexington and around Central Kentucky and we want to make sure we say thank you to them,” Lundergan said. “Some of them are not very political and wouldn’t drive to Frankfort.”

The other Democrats, led by Gov. Steve Beshear, are expected to spend Election Night at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The decision by the Grimes camp to have a separate event was first announced by the campaign in an email to supporters Thursday morning.

Lundergan denied that the move is further evidence of ongoing bad blood between the Lundergan family and Beshear. Beshear defeated Jerry Lundergan for a state House seat in Lexington in the 1970s. He also resigned as attorney for the Democratic Party in 2005 when Lundergan became chairman. And earlier this year, Beshear backed Elaine Walker against Grimes in the Democratic primary for secretary of state.

“It only comes up if someone wants to read something into this,” Lundergan said. “Alison will be in Frankfort with the governor. Alison was on the (Democratic) bus tour with the governor. And Alison will be on the airplane with the Democrats” next week for a final fly-around event.

“She wants to stand by Steve Beshear. She wants a Democratic sweep on Tuesday night,” Lundergan said.

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