Hillary Clinton to stump for Grimes next week in Louisville

10/10/2014 12:23 PM

More than two months after her husband campaigned with U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in eastern Kentucky, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear in Louisville for the Democratic hopeful.

Grimes’ campaign announced Friday that Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. Senator from New York who is mulling a presidential bid in 2016, will headline an event at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event is open to the public with free tickets available at Democratic headquarters throughout the state.

“Alison is honored to have Hillary Rodham Clinton on the campaign trail with her less than one month before this important election,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement. “Alison has been a long-time supporter and admirer of Clinton’s leadership and independence, and is humbled that she will be in Kentucky to endorse her campaign and her plan to get Washington working for Kentucky.”

Although Grimes has often declared herself a “Clinton Democrat” throughout her Senate run, McConnell’s campaign continued its attempt to link her with President Barack Obama, an unpopular figure in Kentucky.

“Alison Grimes’ entire campaign is designed to distract voters with shiny objects and celebrity appearances to conceal her inexperience and deceive voters from her true beliefs in the Obama agenda,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.

Clinton’s appearance in Louisville comes less than a month before the Nov. 4 election as Grimes seeks to unseat U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Republican leader. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has stumped for Grimes twice in this election cycle, most recently Aug. 6 at stops in Lexington and Hazard.

After keeping a relative low profile on the campaign trial this midterm cycle, Clinton has ramped up her appearances for Democratic candidates as Election Day nears. She made her first public showing Thursday, stumping for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in Philadelphia.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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