The Chatter: McConnell offering meals and lodging for campaign support; Grimes family business pays servers minimum wage

10/21/2014 06:00 PM

With days left on the clock in the U.S. Senate race the campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes are opening up their opposition research folders to the national press.

On Monday, The Hill published an article detailing an email sent from the state Republican Party to McConnell supporters offering to pay volunteers for meals, lodging and transportation to join McConnell on his three day bus tour of coal country which kicked off Monday.

The Grimes campaign said the move to bus in supporters shows the worry from the McConnell campaign over the state of the race.

“With this race tied and Mitch McConnell deeply worried, he’s resorted to purchasing support to make his flimsy events look better,” said Grimes campaign spokesman Preston Maddock. “We already know he pocketed over $600,000 from anti-coal groups, waited weeks to accept the resignation of his former campaign manager with ties to a bribery scandal, tried to shut down a coal plant, and now this. On the plus side, these might be the only jobs he’s actually helped create in 30 years.”

Grimes family restaurant pays workers minimum wage

A main point in Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been her support for a minimum wage increase and McConnell’s votes against a hike in pay.

A CNN report released Monday afternoon shows the family hamburger business ‘Hugh Jass Burgers’ in Lexington pays some tipped staff minimum wage.

Grimes told CNN that her family is not in the race that she is the one running against McConnell. The CNN report does point out that servers can make more than minimum wage after tips.

The campaign for McConnell called the minimum wage issue and the name of some the items on the menu hypocritical.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes has made minimum wage hikes and the ‘war on women’ the cornerstone of her campaign, while her family restaurant features menu items named after women’s body parts and pays workers $2.13 per hour. It is hard to find a more blatant form of hypocrisy that undermines a candidate any more than this does,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

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


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