U.S. Senate race Chatter: Grimes visits eastern Ky. coal mine, two unions from region endorse McConnell

06/16/2014 12:44 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate continued her efforts to reach out to coal country and distance herself from the president Friday as she toured a coal mine in eastern Kentucky to speak with miners.

As Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, explained to Pure Politics on Friday, Grimes toured the Floyd county mine and then held a meeting with local officials and members of the community to discuss the industry.

The Grimes campaign released photos of the candidate in the mine Monday:

After the meeting, Grimes spoke with the local station , WYMT-TV Mountain News, about the events and stressed her disapproval of the energy policies put forth by President Obama.

“I also don’t agree with the 30 years of failed leadership Mitch McConnell has had now. Three decades to address the issues facing Kentucky, and he has not saved one coal job,” Grimes told WYMT. “He has not helped to make this state stronger in terms of how we’re going to move Eastern and Western Kentucky forward.”

Eastern Kentucky unions endorse McConnell
Two federal correction employee unions from eastern Kentucky are putting their support behind Senator McConnell in the 2014 senate race.

The two chapters of The American Federation of Government Employees’ Council of Prison Locals, one in Manchester and the other in Pine Knot, each sent letters to McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton expressing their support of the senior senator.

In their letter, the Council of Prison Local 4051 Federal Correctional Institution Manchester explained they have found the “common misconception” that Republicans are against unions to be far from the truth.

“Senator McConnell and his staff always take the time to listen and address our concerns. He has met personally with our union leaders to assist in any way he can,” Stephen Creech writes in the letter on behalf of the group. “We feel that Senator McConnell is doing what he does best…taking care of the people of Kentucky.”

The Council of Prisons 33, Local 614 at United States Penitentiary McCreary in Pine Knot expressed very similar sentiments in their letter stating McConnell and his staff “have proven that the stigma that Republicans are against the Union and don’t care about federal employees is completely false.”

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