The Chatter: Grimes lands Gov. Collins' endorsement; Louisville Tea Party's radio ad and more

05/11/2011 03:36 PM

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Secretary of State candidate, landed the endorsement from former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, who has rarely gotten involved in Democratic primary races, Grimes told Pure Politics.

“She has watched me literally grow up,” Grimes said in a phone interview. “She’ll be going out over the last six days to help us get the vote out.”

Collins will head up the “Women for Grimes” effort and will be “instrumental” in the campaign’s strategy over the final days before Tuesday’s primary, Grimes said.

Grimes faces Democrat Elaine Walker in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Collins, a Shelby County native, will officially announce her endorsement at tonight’s Jefferson/Jackson dinner in Shelbyville.

In addition, Grimes announced that the two Democratic candidates from last year’s U.S. Senate race will co-chair her get-out-the-vote effort.

It was a talking point that begin when current Attorney General Jack Conway endorsed her in Louisville. Now, Philip Bailey of WFPL says the Grimes campaign has taken that message one step further by naming Conway a campaign co-chair with Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

Their contentious 2010 primary led to hard feelings between the two. And Grimes has tried to play up party unity in her campaign, capped off by bringing Mongiardo and Conway together.

Grimes told Bailey that Conway and Mongiardo will appear together throughout the campaign on behalf of her.

Tea Party group runs ad criticizing establishment

Becoming only the second independent group to air an ad, the Louisville Tea Party has weighed in on the primary with a one-minute radio ad.

The ad starts by attacking Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams for a ranking by Forbes magazine, which listed Kentucky as the worst run state in the U.S.

The ad is running on 95 different radio stations, Wendy Caswell, the president of the Louisville Tea Party, told Pure Politics. The ads begin today and will run until Monday, Caswell said.

The ad also touts the endorsements the group has made in the primary elections, including Phil Moffett for governor, Bill Johnson for secretary of state and John Kemper for auditor.

Previously, Western Representation PAC was the only independent group to run radio ads in Kentucky. You can hear the Louisville Tea Party’s ad below.

Legg gets county judge-executive endorsements

Republican Secretary of State candidate Hilda Legg has grabbed the endorsements of the three Northern Kentucky county judge-executives, her campaign announced today.

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery and Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus announced their support for Legg in a news release.

In a statement, Moore said Legg would be best qualified to continue off former Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s progress.

“We need to continue to build on progress of Trey Grayson in the Secretary of State’s office,” Moore said. “And I think Hilda is the most qualified candidate to do that.”

Denton apologizes for missed ethics hearings

State Sen. Julie Denton tearfully apologized for missing most of her required ethics hearings, John Cheves of the Lexington Herald-Leader“reports.”:

The Legislative Ethics Commission did not take any action against Denton, but did warn Denton about her “arrogance” about missing the hearings over the last four years.

The commission also told Denton last listening to recordings about the ethics training is only allowed in emergency situations and not frequently. Denton said she had listened to recordings to make up for her absences.

State tax revenue is up

Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports that the state’s tax revenue is up 8 percent, nearly double what’s needed to balance the budget.

Overall, the state’s tax revenue has grown 5.6 percent during the past fiscal year. Most of the state’s tax revenues are up, including the road fund and sales taxes.

-Reporting and compiled by Kenny Colston with additional reporting by Ryan Alessi


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