The Chatter: Palumbo drops out of 6th dist. race, Grimes talks campaign and style with ELLE

11/08/2013 12:35 PM

Joe Palumbo, president of Palumbo Lumber of Lexington, announced Friday he is withdrawing from his run for Congress in Central Kentucky’s 6th District for the chance to take on freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Palumbo’s withdraw from the race citing his family and business as reasons to remove himself from the running.

Palumbo had outpaced other Democrats in the primary during the last fundraising quarter when he raised more than $84,000 from contributors, gave his campaign $11,782 of his own money and loaned the campaign another $50,000 in personal funds.

Palumbo had not returned calls from Pure Politics in recent weeks and could not be reached for comment Friday.

Other Democrats still remaining in the primary race are Elisabeth Jensen and lawyer Michael Coblenz.

In a statement, Jensen said she respects Palumbo’s decision and hopes she can count on his support in the race.

“This race was always going to be about electing someone focused on bringing a solutions based approach to Congress, which is why I am running,” Jensen said. “Instead of kicking children and families off of SNAP benefits, and shutting down the government as a political ploy, we need to be focusing on education and work force development to create opportunities for Kentucky’s working families.”

Grimes talks campaign style and personal style
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes discussed her campaign with fashion magazine ELLE in her first sit down interview since announcing her candidacy for the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

In the interview with the fashion magazine, Grimes was asked about her campaign videos, how the Secretary of State and Senate candidate strikes a balance between life and work, and her relationship with actress Ashley Judd.

For their final question of the interview, the magazine asked Grimes about her personal style and how the way she dresses affects the way she is perceived on the campaign trail.

“I think my style communicates strength and hopefully empowers women across Kentucky to see that if I can do this, they sure can as well,” Grimes told the magazine.

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