Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky
  • Time to make history in the Bluegrass State
  • A voting rights champion and rising star
  • Running against a nearly 30-year incumbent with a gargantuan war chest

A red-hot opportunity in the bluegrass state

Every progressive whose first-star, eyelash-blow, birthday-candle-wish has been to see anti-choice, obstructionist Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sent packing is about to get her chance. Attorney, voting rights advocate, and Kentucky Secretary of State  Alison Lundergan Grimes has decided 30 years in the Senate is enough for the ruthless, hyperpartisan McConnell, whose 2013 highlight reel already includes votes against the Violence Against Women Act, fighting equal pay legislation, and calling the War on Women a “manufactured issue.”

a lifelong voting-rights advocate with deep kentucky roots

Alison grew up canvassing Kentucky’s counties in support of voting rights – that passion, along with a commitment to job creation, business growth, and civics education fueled a winning 2011 bid for Secretary of State. The youngest woman in the country currently serving as Secretary of State – and indeed, Kentucky’s only woman currently holding statewide office – Alison has focused on empowering military voters, overhauling the state’s voting laws to increase participation, and improving the Bluegrass State’s business climate.

a nearly 30-year incumbent with deep pockets and serious likeability issues

Mitch McConnell is regularly cited as the least liked senator in the country – and it’s easy to see why. Time and again he’s put partisan posturing ahead of Kentuckians, voting against children’s health coverage  and fair pay for women  while repeatedly blocking unemployment benefits for struggling families. Clearly spooked by Alison’s rising favorability numbers  and traction among political handicappers – the Cook Political Report calls it a toss-up – the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a nasty attack website within 48 hours of her campaign announcement. Still, the five-term incumbent, known for his below-belt campaign tactics and formidable fundraising skills, has already banked more than $15 million for his reelection. If we’re going to help Kentucky “Ditch Mitch” – and elect its first woman senator – we need to support Alison today.

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