Whether or not you are a Kentuckian, Mitch McConnell is quite the household name.
While McConnell has been a Kentucky political fixture for almost three decades, the state Democratic Party has spent the better part of 2013 searching for the perfect candidate to unseat him in the upcoming Senatorial election.
With the 2014 election cycle quickly approaching, it seems as if the Kentucky Democratic Party has thrown their last willing contender into the race. After the party was unable to get an out-of-state movie star to throw her hat into the ring, they moved on to a former Miss America, who also declined the opportunity to lead her party.
I guess the third try is the charm, because the Democratic Party was finally able to find their candidate in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Commonwealth’s current Secretary of State, and daughter of Jerry Lundergan, former chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.
With Lundergan Grimes’ credentials and the fact that she has been the Democratic Party’s only viable candidate, one would expect that she would knock the announcement of her bid for the United States Senate out of the park—oh how far from the truth that was.
Not only was Lundergan Grimes late to her own press conference, she spoke for less than 5 minutes in front of a back ground that was used for her Secretary of State run, using a roll of toilet paper as a microphone holder. I don’t think underwhelming even begins to cover how disastrous her announcement came across.
I truly don’t think that Kentucky is at risk for losing McConnell as a Senator — with his cash-on-hand totaling more than $8 million — Lundergan Grimes will have to play catch-up quickly. $8 million doesn’t appear in a bank account over night, especially when you have a launch like she did.
Even liberal-leaning Kentucky media are pointing out the campaigns ‘odd’ launch.
It’s pretty bad when past opponents of McConnell are even discouraging individuals who wish to have a future in politics from running.
While Lundergan Grimes doesn’t have an official campaign website launched yet, the 2014 McConnell Senate Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee have both launched websites on Lundergan Grimes’ behalf. There is even a website crowning Lundergan Grimes as “Obama’s Kentucky Candidate.” The website launched by the NRSC even goes as far as to showcase the Lundergan Grimes “Dream Team:” Alison Lundergan Grimes, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Don’t worry though—disgusted visitors don’t have to search too far to find a link to donate to the NRSC to ensure that we maintain two Republican representatives in the Senate.
While Lundergan Grimes’ campaign seems like quite the joke, at least the folks over at the NRSC are getting a good laugh out of it.
Regardless of your political affiliation or view on either candidate, one thing is clear—Alison Lundergan Grimes has a huge fight ahead of her—one that she will likely lose, but Kentuckians can take comfort in the fact that she has Ashley Judd cheering her on from the sidelines.
Mary Claire Couch | Belmont | @MaryClaireCouch