Marksberry files complaint against Ky. Democratic Party, alleging favoritism for Grimes in '14 primary

07/29/2013 03:41 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate primary contender Ed Marksberry filed an injunction against the Kentucky Democratic Party on Wednesday accusing the party of violating bylaws by promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes in a fundraising email.

Marksberry, who is a former 2010 congressional candidate and Owensboro home builder, told Pure Politics the lawsuit could have been avoided if Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon worked with him when he first raised the issue in early July .

The party sent out a message to its supporters just hours after Grimes’ announcement on July 1 that she would run for U.S. Senate. The email asks for donations to the party specifically to help Grimes defeat McConnell.

“Did you see the news? Alison Lundergan Grimes has officially declared her intention to run against Senator Mitch McConnell. This is big news. The next 48 hours are critical. Click here and help us build a grassroots team that will make sure Alison wins. Alison is the strongest candidate we could’ve had against Senator McConnell, and she will defeat Mitch. But defeating Mitch won’t be easy. He is going to do everything he can, say what ever he can and throw more mud than our Commonwealth has ever seen in order to win. Help us start strong. Click here to make a contribution today.”

The party’s bylaws say that no one from the party should endorse one candidate over another in a Democratic primary.

Marksberry hand delivered the lawsuit to Logsdon in Frankfort on Monday afternoon, and he told the chairman he “love(s)” the Democratic Party.

“He wasn’t very happy about it and I can understand that,but I did give him reasonable time to and even during our conversation I said you know it didn’t have to go this way,” Marksberry said. “I said Dan, I love our Democratic Party, and he basically said you’re not showing it. But see that’s the opposite I think what I’m doing shows my loyalty to the party.”

Logsdon has not returned phone calls to Pure Politics from earlier in the month when Marksberry first made a complaint to the Democratic Party.

Music promoter Bennie J. Smith of Louisville and Greg Leichty have also announced their intent to run for the Democratic party’s nomination.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.