She has been ridiculed by opponents as an “empty dress,” but in a state that is traditionally dominated by Republicans, her maligners are finding out—and fast—that she is no empty dress. She is a force to be reckoned with.
Perhaps that fearless spirit — along with her pro-union, pro-middle-class ideals — is why the Democrat is currently ahead, although slightly, in polls compared to McConnell. And it certainly is part of why she has the support of Kentucky’s fire fighters, who stood behind her as she spoke on the dais donned in gold and black shirts and proudly held “Fire Fighters For Alison” signs.
Their presence there was more than just symbolic. One of her biggest supporters is Kentucky Professional Firefighters Association President Joe Baer, whom she says has had her back “from day one.”
Said Grimes, “I stand here today as Kentucky Secretary of State because fire fighters stood with me every day in 2011.” Grimes was elected as Kentucky’s Secretary of State in 2012.
She has an excellent chance of defeating McConnell. She has set a fundraising record in Kentucky of $4 million from April through June, with donations coming from every county in the state. In total, she has raised more than $11 million.
“Kentuckians are ready for a senator of today, not the senior senator of yesterday,” Grimes said of Mitch McConnell. She blasted McConnell’s abysmal record on labor, wages and equality, noting that he and politicians like him are destroying the middle class and the working class.
“We are tired of a senator whose vocabulary doesn’t go beyond ‘no,’” Grimes said with resolve. “This is the man who recently said that all barriers to women have been broken. Seventy-six cents to the dollar earned by men is not fair. This is also the man who said that unions are a 50-year-old mistake, when in fact they keep people out of poverty. This is the man who voted 15 times against a minimum wage increase.”
She went on to list many additional bad ideas and actions of McConnell, including his role in the 16-day government shutdown in 2013, his support of right-to-work laws (which she said was just a cloaked way to say “union busting”) and perhaps the most absurd thing that’s come out of McConnell’s mouth.
“This man said it’s not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky.”
With great conviction, she said, “I stand here today because of two amazing grandmothers who taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to.” At 35, Grimes is an accomplished attorney, the Kentucky Secretary of State and, the way things are looking, perhaps the first female U.S. senator from Kentucky — and the “empty dress” that will unseat a radical, mean-spirited tyrant whose three decades of anti-worker legislating will be over.
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