Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, officially kicked off her campaign for the U.S. Senate with this amazing video. In it she highlights Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s many failures, especially his unwillingness to compromise with the president and other Democrats which, as she points out, is causing unprecedented gridlock in Washington.
Lundergan Grimes is a formidable opponent, but she’s not all that McConnell has to worry about in the midterm elections. A Tea Party candidate, Louisville businessman Matt Bevinwill, will also be challenging McConnell in the Kentucky Republican primary. Divided they fall!
Watch the video, transcript below:
“Hi, I’m Alison Lundergan Grimes and I’m running to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate. We’re kicking off the campaign next week, and I wanted all of you to be the first to know about it. Now, I’m here in this dining room because you could say that it all started right here two years ago… when we made this TV ad…”
“This is our granddaughter…”
“Alison Lundergan Grimes.”
“It’s a long name.”
“She’s running for Secretary of State and we’re writing her TV ads.”
“She thinks businesses should have one website to get all the permits and licenses.”
“I got that idea from you and Grandpa at your clothing store.”
“Her Kentucky First program will help Kentucky businesses learn how to get state contracts.”
“So we can keep the jobs here.”
“State government should either help create jobs or get out of the way!”
[Elsie to Thelma]
“What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”
“Such a long name.”
“I loved making that ad. I got to introduce Kentucky to two of the strongest women I’ve ever known, and it was a chance to talk about something I firmly believe in: that government should either help or get out of the way. That’s a lesson a certain Kentucky senator has never learned.
What many people don’t know is that my Grandmother Thelma, who was sitting here on my left, died just a few months after we made that commercial. She was 92 years old and would’ve been so proud to see this day. It’s really for her and for people just like her all across Kentucky that I’m running for senate — people who don’t come from much, but who work hard every day making Kentucky a better place for all of us. Grandmother knew that if you wanted to get something done, you don’t stand in the way. You stand by your principles… but also figure out where you can agree and how we can come together.
But that’s not happening in Washington today. And Senator McConnell is the biggest part of the problem. He’s wasted decades blocking legislation that would’ve helped Kentucky and our country. And it’s over the last few years, he’s done it for the worst possible reason — out of spite.
I don’t always agree with the president. But that doesn’t mean we can’t put the good of our people ahead of the bad that comes from acting petty and small. Together, we can change that.
Next Tuesday, July 30th, I’ll be kicking off my campaign and I hope you’ll be there with us. Either here in Lexington or on our website where you can watch it live. That’s where you can also see the entire grandmothers commercial and a video of out-takes.
Now, this part’s for you, Senator McConnell. Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well, I’m right here in Kentucky, senator, where I’ll be holding you accountable for voting to double Medicare premiums on Kentucky seniors, including our retired coal miners, for being against requiring the Department of Defense to buy equipment that’s made in America first, for failing to stand up for women when you voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Violence Against Women Act, and for opposing raising the minimum wage over and over again while you became a multi-millionaire in public office. We’ll have this debate, senator. And as you’ve probably already seen, I don’t scare easy.”
“And neither do I, senator. What rhymes with Mitch? It’s time to switch.
Let’s get started, honey. This one’s for Thelma.”