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.

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 nicholas.storm@charter.com.



  • Heza Putz wrote on October 09, 2017 12:55 PM :

    Hillary gave Harvey an honorary pu**y hat so Alison can keep the money

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on October 09, 2017 02:12 PM :

    Democrats running on their platform of Women’s inequality and identity politics is the equal to the GOP running on fiscal conservative and Repeal Root and Branch. It’s only to get the uninformed out and fired up. Lacks evidence based / support and even less conviction from those who choose this path of politicking or pandering to the fringe of the bases. They need to cover for their lack of knowledge to solve the real problems needing confronted of the times…

    The only jobs Sec. Grimes has created here in KY while in office is on behalf of her non stop campaigning for higher office. So , at least her family and inner circles are getting income circulating from her ties to Hollywood and the Clit ins…

    Buzz awhile. Here’s $20… RL


  • Raymond Hurst wrote on October 10, 2017 11:23 PM :

    Let me see if I am getting this right. Donald Trump brags about grabbing women, you know where. Republicans say he is a good Christian man and he did these things years ago, so it’s okay. Bill O’Reilly gets fired for years of sexually harassing women and Republicans SCREAM their support of him and the injustice he has endured. It is made public that Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing women for years. He is immediately fired by his company (and even his brother). He is denounced by EVERY Democrat in the Nation. NONE take up for him and his actions. Now tell me again; which party is the ‘‘moral compass’‘ of our Nation? And then RPK person; Sarah Van Wallaghen has the gall to call Allison Grimes out when Ms. Wallaghen has donated money; I would assume; to an admitted sexual predator; PLUS, giving him her complete support?!?!?! What can you say?

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