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Allison Grimes is still noncommittal to running against Mitch McConnell.

She just CAN'T decide yet.

It seems like just about every week, we get word that this is when Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes may finally decide whether to jump into a race against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Then, each week comes and goes, occasionally with Grimes telling reporters somewhere that she is taking her time and won’t be “bullied” into a hasty decision to take on the top Republican in the Senate.

She talks like a lawyer and says she is doing “due diligence” before committing to a race that would likely see her having to fight off $30 million raised by McConnell and $10 million to $20 million by groups making independent expenditures.

We know of course that there are already candidates running for the U.S. Senate, including Ed Marksberry but the big question is, while Grimes has not made a decision yet, can Marksberry raise enough funds to compete?
The two Democrats who have announced campaigns, Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry and Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith, are interesting fellows who should have platforms to get their messages out.

Marksberry has an electric personality and is committed to his cause, which largely is trying to get the money out of politics, especially in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case that allows corporate money to be spent in support of or opposition to candidates.

But that’s also his problem. He doesn’t appear to have the ability to raise the sort of money to knock off McConnell and doesn’t even try. His donors, he said, write checks for $5 rather than $2,500.

However, as we've known before, unlike Ashley Judd, Alison Grimes can get party backing and become the establishment candidate very quickly.  Not bad for someone who has the potential to be the youngest woman U.S. Senate candidate in history, not to mention the youngest woman U.S. Senator if she does run and manages to unseat Mitch McConnell.
Grimes is the candidate folks are waiting for now that every other Democratic officeholder has bowed out. She’s got the statewide network in place to raise significant money here.

Any legitimate Democratic nominee will have the ability to raise money nationally just because McConnell is McConnell, but Grimes has the added bonus that her father, former state party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, is tight friends with Bill and Hillary Clinton, who could help not only with fundraising but with campaigning.

Well?  What do you think?

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.


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  •  This time in 2009 (2+ / 0-)
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    antooo, JBraden

    I don't recall knowing who was going to run in most races. I think there's still time.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 01:31:00 PM PDT

  •  isn't it great that the dem party ran off judd (1+ / 0-)
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    White Buffalo

    so that someone electable can put this seat into play?

    fucking idiots.

  •  She's not going to run... (1+ / 0-)
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    Because Pres Obama is going to launch an assault on the coal industry on Tuesday - handing McConnell an easy cudgel to use on any Dem opponent come 2014.  She'll wait until 2016 to take on Rand Paul, when she's on the ballot with Hillary Clinton, and there is no more Obama boogeyman that plays so well in Appalachia.  

    This is also why Dems can't get anybody in W.Virginia either.  

    I expect we'll see Pres Obama approve the KXL as well, but Schweitzer is waiting on that before he gets in (Schweitzer is on record saying KXL approval is a no-brainer).  Because if Pres Obama did block it, it gives the eventual GOP candidate a huge weapon to use, and if Schweitzer in the case of the KXL or Grimes on KY Coal came out against the President they'd be seen like Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor - running away from their party and President to try to get elected in a red state and that would chase away a lot of support they'd need if they expected to in their race.  

    Pres Obama in choosing Moniz as his energy secretary gave away his agenda in this area - coal is going to be the target, oil will be left alone for the time being, and natural gas will be promoted as the much cleaner bridge fuel.  Leaving alone big oil is an attempt to divide and conquer as usually big oil and coal team up to block any environment legislation (Obama admin did this during the ACA debates when they kept big Pharm on the side line by not going after their pricing).  

    Building KXL will help oil state Dems Landrieu and Begich in their re-election bids, and will probably get Schweitzer to jump in and could impact the Dems keeping the Senate in 2014.  Taking on Big Coal though kisses away W.Virginia, and any chance at Kentucky.  

    Grimes is not going to take on McConnell with coal mining/use being a front and center issue.  McConnell can grandstand on blocking Obama's EPA nominee and make himself out to be a champion for the Kentucky coal industry.  And either Grimes would have to defend the Obama decision and get destroyed as anti-coal is a coal heavy state or come out against Obama right off the bat and lose a lot of enviro/Dem support right off the bat.  She can't win under either scenario.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 02:20:04 PM PDT

    •  Assault on coal industry? (0+ / 0-)

      How are you certain Obama's global warming speech on Tuesday would represent at least in part an assault on the coal industry?

      We haven't even seen the content come out of Obama's speech yet.  Just because someone makes a global warming speech, doesn't mean that they're calling for all coal mining operations to be immediately shut down.

  •  I don't believe she'll run (0+ / 0-)

    nor do I believe she would be either a particularly strong or effective candidate against McConnell despite all the attention.

    •  We'll see (0+ / 0-)

      Grimes is pretty popular in Kentucky and from what I understand, is an effective Secretary of State.

      But I think it's a bit premature yet because I've done a lot of research on Grimes and I do not have any real bits of information that reveal a whole lot about her yet other than her connections to KY Democratic Party establishment, Bill Clinton, her father, etc.  Her decision is her's alone.

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