The Chatter: Yarmuth says Grimes must decide on Senate race, Paul to fundraise in California

05/28/2013 09:48 AM

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth said Alison Lundergan Grimes must “immediately decide” whether or not she will run for Senate in 2014.

In an exclusive interview with WFPL Yarmuth said Grimes risks hurting the Democratic party by prolonging her decision.

“I do think that it is important that Alison Grimes immediately decide whether she’s running or not because there are a number of people sitting on the sidelines who would be interested I think in making a race who are waiting to find out what she does,” Yarmuth told Phillip Bailey of WFPL. “And for her to keep prolonging this as she said possibly until the late summer I think is a disservice to the party.”

Grimes has said she is giving the decision “due diligence”. Grimes is seen as the top contender for Democrats in the 2014 race and the state GOP is beginning to zero in on the challenges the party is having recruiting candidates.

In a statement responding to the story, the Republican Party of Kentucky called Yarmuth the “self-appointed U.S. Senate campaign manager without a campaign”.

“Congressman Yarmuth’s ‘it’s easy – you do it’ approach to recruiting a candidate to face Senator McConnell in 2014 is a sad indictment of his priorities,”
RPK Communications Director Kelsey Cooper said in the statement. “It’s pretty hard for him to convince a candidate that he’s looking out for them when he’s dropped all pretense of pursuing what’s right for Kentucky or his party in favor of feeding his ongoing obsession with Senator McConnell.”

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to fundraise in California
Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will visit California this week to fundraise and visit tech companies including Facebook and Google.

BuzzFeed first reported that Paul will fly to California Tuesday and begin holding meetings on May 30th with Facebook, Google, and eBay executives as well as delivering speeches to donors at various locations throughout the week.

The article points out that the Paul family has “natural roots” in the tech industry as some tech executives have been large donors to Paul’s father, former Texas Congressman and presidential hopeful Ron Paul.

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