Republican campaign group hit for sexist move
November 19th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Republican campaign group hit for sexist move

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee said it took disciplinary action after a staffer tweeted a link about Alison Lundergan Grimes that her campaign called sexist.

The link directed readers to a blog post titled "Grimes Is The New 'Obama Girl'?" on the website,

The post originally included a photoshopped image of Grimes' head on the body of Amber Lee Ettinger, better known as the "Obama Girl" who became famous in 2008 for her racy videos endorsing President Obama's first presidential campaign.

Grimes, a Democrat and Kentucky's Secretary of State, is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat in next year's elections.

The author of the blog post notes the image has been removed.

"It was intended to be a humorous punctuation mark to (Alison Lundergan Grimes) being an intended beneficiary of Michele Obama's fundraising at a Washington DSCC event," the author writes.

After the NRSC tweeted a link to the post, Grimes' campaign called the tweet a "tasteless and sexualized attack" in a press release.

"The NRSC should stand for Notoriously Repeating Sexist Comments – they cannot relate or connect with the women of Kentucky or our country," Grimes said in a statement. "As I have said, I am proud to wear a dress, and as Kentucky's more than two million women know, it is not what is in the dress that matters."

NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen said the group agrees that the tweet was "extremely offensive."

"It was a mistake made by a junior staffer and disciplinary action has been taken. We took corrective action as soon as it was brought to our attention and have taken steps to ensure it will never happen again," she said in a statement.

Filed under: Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • NRSC
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. freedom

    This is nothing. We've got bigger fish to fry.

    November 19, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    What a bunch of garbage the republicans have become.

    November 19, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Hm, maybe approve the work of your 20-year-old staffers before sending it live?

    Oh wait. You probably did.

    November 19, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    After spending over $200 milliion to repeal Obamacare, the Kochs and Fox have now gotten 38% of the people to want the law repealed. That is up from 36% 5 months ago. What to go RWNJs.

    November 19, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Don't worry, the Supreme Court will no doubt soon declare that women are not qualified to be treated equally under the law pursuant to the 14th Amendment. They're already in the bag for declaring TX's attack on women's rights Constitutional.

    November 19, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. timverba

    I still do not understand why campaigns turn the tweeter box over to junior staff to run wild. What is the purpose of a campaign committee having a titter account, to communicate policy positions or just jabber on with gossip?

    November 19, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |