State Republican says that Grimes "immaturity" could hurt her if she runs for Senate

04/19/2013 05:04 PM

One Republican’s scouting report on potential Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is that she’s not ready for a prime time campaign that she would face against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

“I like Secretary Grimes but I thought she showed a level of immaturity, if you will, in how she dealt with differing opinions on Senate Bill 1,” said state Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer.

Thayer, of Georgetown, said he thought Grimes was somewhat insulting of county clerks and others who differed with her opinion on how best to allow overseas military personnel to vote. Grimes pushed to allow military personnel to return ballots electronically, but a majority of clerks opposed the idea or wanted more time to study it.

The approach of Auditor Adam Edelen and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on their legislation was in stark contrast to Grimes, according to Thayer.

“Secretary Grimes is only 34-years-old and that’s a big step I think to take on the most powerful republican in the country who knows these federal issues inside and out,” Thayer said (at 1:15).

Grimes’ communications director Lynn Zellen told Pure Politics in a statement:

“Secretary Grimes is proud of what Senate Bill 1 accomplishes for Kentucky’s military families and the overwhelming, bipartisan manner in which it passed both chambers. Her leadership was crucial in passing this important legislation,” Zellen told Pure Politics. “She makes no apologies for standing up for our men and women in uniform and will continue to work to make sure their voices are heard.”

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