With Bill Clinton unavailable, James Carville will headline Sept. 28 fundraiser for Grimes at Jack Conway's house

09/11/2013 03:35 PM

Democratic consultant and President Bill Clinton’s former strategist James Carville will serve as the main draw at a Sept. 28 fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, said Attorney General Jack Conway, who is hosting the event at his home.

Jack and Elizabeth Conway and Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear are serving as co-hosts for the event, in which individuals who contribute at least $500 can get their picture taken in a private reception with Carville.

Carville also fills a spot that Grime campaign organizers had hoped would go to Carville’s former boss, Bill Clinton. Conway said when the Lundergan family first approached him about hosting the event, they “mentioned to me it might be Bill Clinton” as the headliner.

“I heard they might have had some scheduling issues. I think he’s doing some international travel,” Conway said.

Carville, however, will be a “big get,” Conway said. And Carville is familiar to longtime Kentucky Democrats after serving as consultant for Wallace Wilkinson’s come-from-behind win in the 1987 Democratic primary.

“James Carville is very popular among rank-and-file Democrats,” Conway said. “And he’s always entertaining.”

Conway said he’s expecting as many as 300-500 people at the event, which “will be her one major Louisville fundraiser” before the Sept. 30 quarterly deadline for the next federal fundraising report.

In fact, Grimes is stacking the end of September with several major fundraisers as her campaign closes its first fundraising quarter since she entered the 2014 U.S. Senate race in July.

Musician Will.i.am, frontman of the Black Eyed Peas, will headline a Sept. 20 fundraiser for Grimes in Northern Kentucky on Sept. 20, as the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported.

And movie executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is hosting a Grimes fundraiser in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, as Politico first reported last week.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or ryan.alessi@twcnews.com.


  • Steve Everett wrote on September 11, 2013 04:20 PM :

    Ryan would you pay $500 to have your photo taken with James Carville?

    Well maybe it might be worth it he would make most anyone look attractive haha.

    Oh I kid I kid James Carville… he’s a very entertaining and funny guy.

  • Tammy Terrell wrote on September 12, 2013 07:13 AM :

    I hope KY Republicans will realize, Mitch McConnell wanted BO out last election and fought him, as minority leader as often as he could. He’s also a realist. He’s up against Harry Reid who won’t even allow a vote on many issues. He doesn’t have the votes to stop Harry Reid. We can’t sacrifice the good that Mitch has done for someone else who might be closer to our views but who stands a better chance of losing to a democrat. We MUST hold the KY senate seat and I am confident that when the Republicans win the majority, and Mitch is majority leader, we can stop BO’s agenda dead in its tracks. The dems are salivating over a Republican fight that will split the vote and allow the dem to win. Don’t fall for this. Mitch is our best shot at taking the senate.

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