Web wars start early in crucial 2014 Senate battle
July 5th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Web wars start early in crucial 2014 Senate battle

(CNN) - The first website dedicated to Alison Lundergan Grimes' Democratic challenge to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had no connection to the candidate. Instead it belonged to the GOP.

Two days after Kentucky's secretary of state announced Monday that she would launch a bid to take on the five-term senator, GrimesForSenate.org went up online, courtesy of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

But now, at the end of the week, Grimes is up with her own campaign website: AlisonForKy.com.

And if you needed more proof that the strategy by the McConnell campaign and national Republicans is to tie Grimes to President Barack Obama, who lost Kentucky by 23 percentage points in last November's election, just check out the website. It showcases photos of Grimes and the president with an "Alison Grimes Senate" logo in the middle of the screen.

The site goes on to claim that "Grimes is a Rubber Stamp for Barack Obama and National Democrats" and questions whether she's ready to lead.

"The fact is that Ms. Lundergan Grimes is ill-equipped, ill-prepared and just isn't ready for this position," says NRSC spokesman Brook Hougesen, in an email to reporters.

The Grimes campaign says that Monday's announcement was not an official campaign rollout.

"Alison was simply announcing her intentions to run. I'm certain when we do our rollout, you will see that this will be a top tier campaign and we will have the most professional organization in the state," Grimes senior political adviser Jonathan Hurst told CNN earlier this week.

Tuesday, on her personal Twitter page, Grimes tweeted "Let's move KY forward! Follow us here for our official filing and rollout in the coming days."

Friday, Grimes' website went up online. It allows users to sign up for news and updates and to make contributions to the campaign.

Grimes, 34, a Lexington attorney who cruised to victory in 2011 as Kentucky secretary of state, is the daughter of a former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman with close ties to former President Bill Clinton.

Even before she announced her candidacy Monday, Grimes had already come under attack in an ad from a pro-McConnell independent group that called her "Obama's cheerleader in Kentucky."

McConnell, 71, is infamous for taking the attack to his political opponents, and he quickly welcomed Grimes to the race by linking her to the president.

"Accepting the invitation from countless Washington liberals to become President Obama's Kentucky candidate was a courageous decision by Alison Lundergan Grimes," McConnell said Monday in a statement.

At a news conference announcing her decision, Grimes said the attacks by McConnell and his allies were a sign McConnell fears "losing his 30 year grip on power."

The contest between McConnell and Grimes could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate race in the country.


Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein

    If she is linked to the current president, then McConnell should be linked to the problems with the previous administration. It seems fair to me.

    July 5, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Gop usa

    Time to get rid of the traitors to the American Worker and Taxpayer that voted for this illegal Mexican invasion bill.............

    July 5, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Gt

    Kentucky hates Obama...she is toast

    July 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    If there is a God, the people of KY will show this reptile (he is a turtle, after all) the door. McConnell is the primary reason why government is dysfunctional. He's lucky he hasn't been tried for treason yet.

    July 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP will be lucky if they keep the house never mind take the senate. The GOP is to incompetent to govern and they prove it every day. GOP trash out in 2014 midterms. The GOP is truly the garbage of America and most educated voters know it, and then there's the brain dead GOP moron voters. Don't worry, they lose more every day with their horse and buggy agenda and lies and bs!!!!

    July 5, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. AEJ

    It is about this TWISTED-FACED OLD WHITE, WIDE-SCARY-EYED MAN/BIGOT go home and sleep. Every time I see him on TV screen I switch the channel as he scare the life out of me. HE JUST LOOK SCARY!!!! I think he may also be senile now.

    July 5, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. AEJ

    Under George W. Bush policies, America was losing 800,000 job each month. This old-white-scary-looking-man, was a HUGE SUPPORTER OF GEORGE BUSH – who tank the economy. IT IS ABOUT TIME WE SEND THIS OLD MAN HOME. HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED!!!!

    July 5, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. just sayin

    this leftist democrat will lose big time to mcconnell in any election. it will be telling if obama goes to kentucky to campaign for her. most democrat rubber stamps have him go there. now that obama and his administration have utterly failed to implement obamacare afte 3 years, the republicans need to hammer them relentlessly on it. no more massive leftist failures are needed in washighton.

    July 5, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Only GOP idiots would vote to puts this failed GOP clown back in the senate The 71 year old GOP moron filibustered his own bill and is probably senile or just brain dead like most republicans. The GOP really is the garbage of America!!!!

    July 5, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    As an older American I resent the references to being "old" in comments here as a negative thing. I think any posting with negative reference to race, gender, age, etc. should be filtered out. Let's stick to intelligent argument and leave the name-calling out of this.

    July 5, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. MaryM

    Mitch McConnell's time in politics has past . His statement of "his number on goal was to make President Obama a one term President" NOT to help Americans speaks volumes of his character.

    July 5, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Tonny D

    AEJ
    Under George W. Bush policies, America was losing 800,000 job each month.
    ---

    A total lie. George Bush has 50 consecutive months of high economic growth and low unemployment, a string Obama can only dream about because all he has had is record unemployment and dismal, almost non-existent economic growth for going on 5 years now.

    BTW, the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate for TWO YEARS prior to and while the recession happened. Nothing happened that they were not also responsible for. So please enough with the lies that make it sound like one person caused a recession. The seeds of the 2008 downturn were planted many years before Bush even took office. And they were planted by do good Democrats that thought everybody should be allowed to own a house and saddled the government with mortgage guarantees to make that happen.

    July 5, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. PaulCat

    That web picture looks fine to me. We need someone to look out for Kentucky. That person is Alison Grimes. Not someone who main job was to make sure Obama was a one term president, which he fail at that. It's okay to say " yes" sometimes. That's how things get done!

    July 5, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Tonny – Actually, it is you who is lying. Nice try though, Hannity would be proud of you.

    July 5, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey Do good, maybe you should take a seats like the GOP morons have been doing since Obama got elected except for their 38 repeal Obama care votes at 1.5 million a pop of your taxpayer money, And failed!!!!

    July 5, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. i hope this was done as a joke

    I would sue if someone put up a website site claiming to represent me without my permission.

    July 5, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |