RPK calls on Grimes to donate 2014 Weinstein donations; Grimes spox fires back at "political ploy"

10/09/2017 10:34 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky is trying to tie Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to a national news story on sexual harassment via a 2014 campaign donation from the film producer to Grimes.

On Friday, the RPK called on Grimes to donate $5,200 from embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein donated to Grimes for her 2014 US Senate campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.

“Given what we now know about Mr. Weinstein, Alison Grimes should lead by example and donate the $5,200 she received from Weinstein to a Kentucky Charity that supports women who have been victims of people like him,“RPK Executive Director Sarah Van Wallaghen said in a statement sent Friday.

A New York Times investigation published last week detailed sexual harassment and abuse allegations dating back three decades against Weinstein. The Weinstein Company board fired the film producer after the reports surfaced.

“Democrats claim to champion women’s causes yet happily accept donations from individuals like Mr. Weinstein with a long history of abuse. If Alison Grimes wants to be a leader, she needs to start by standing up to the bad actors in her own party,” added Van Wallaghen.

Grimes spokesperson Bradford Queen responded to the RPK characterizing the statements as a political ploy.

“Harassment is never acceptable,” Queen told Pure Politics on Friday. “Alison has long been an advocate and supporter of charities for women, and it doesn’t take a press story prompting an RPK political ploy for her to carry on that work. She was already planning donations to women charities.”

Queen continued in his statement calling on the Republican Party to reconsider its support of President Trump.

“[Saturday] marks one year since we first heard Donald Trump bragging on tape about grabbing women’s genitals,” Queen continued. “While it is denouncing harassment, the RPK should reconsider its support of a man it clearly felt deserved to be elected president following the release of that tape.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Queen’s ask of the Republican Party.


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