Alison Lundergan Grimes’ attempt to unseat Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, has hit a few snags. Though polling ahead of McConnell in May of this year, she’s now fallen 5 points behind the Republican, and the gulf only seems to be getting wider.
Though she has enjoyed the support of President Bill Clinton and her parents may or may not have had a tête-à-tête with President Obama, the Kentucky Senate candidate has not been able to find her footing.
And this video, shot by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe of Project Veritas Action, will not likely earn her more votes in the Bluegrass State.
Grimes has painted herself as an outside-the-box Democrat during this election cycle – saying she disagrees with the President on guns, coal, and the EPA.
But according to her staff and supporters caught by O’Keefe on camera, one of those disagreements appears to be a lie for political convenience. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“She’s saying something positive about coal because she wants to be elected,” said Ros Hines, a staffer in Grimes’ Lexington campaign office. “And in the state of Kentucky, if you are anti-coal, you will not get elected, period, end of conversation.”
Supporters and staffers acknowledge that Grimes will change her ways once elected – she only says she’s pro-coal because that’s what her constituents want to hear. When the election is over, game on.
McConnell’s office had harsh words for the candidate.
“It is absolutely shocking that Alison Lundergan Grimes’ own staff now admits that she has no intention of protecting the coal industry,” campaign spokeswomen [sic] Allison Moore wrote in an emailed statement.
“The level of deception that Alison Grimes and her campaign engages in to appear pro-coal despite virulent opposition is both disturbing and dangerous.”
Grimes’ campaign offered no comment. With less than a month before election day, Grimes certainly has her work cut out for her to try to regain Kentuckians’ trust.