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First Grimes senate website is launched by Republicans

First Grimes senate website is launched by Republicans

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 10:50 AM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The first U.S. Senate campaign website dedicated to Alison Lundergan Grimes is now online, but it's not connected to the Grimes' campaign.  Instead, a Republican group dedicated to rebuffing her bid to unseat five-term incumbent Mitch McConnell is behind the effort.

The first images seen by visitors to the GrimesForSenate.org website, paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, are photos of Grimes and President Barack Obama, bookending an "Alison Grimes Senate" logo. 

The NRSC site was launched within 48 hours of Grimes July 1 announcement.

The Grimes campaign, which has begun to hire several high profile consultants, has yet to launch its own website.  A GrimesForSenate.com site appears to be under construction.

Grimes'  personal Twitter account which she uses separately from a Twitter account related to her role as Kentucky Secretary of State, has two posts since her Monday announcement.

"Let's move KY forward! Follow us here for our official filing and rollout in the coming days," Grimes posted on Tuesday.  A tweet on Thursday wished "everyone a Happy 4th of July!"

A Grimes spokesman has said that the campaign plans an official, professional state-wide rollout later this month.

The NRSC's GrimesForSenate.org website seeks to define Grimes as a "rubber stamp for Barack Obama and National Democrats." 

The site claims that Grimes "is just not ready" and does not reflect Kentucky's beliefs, particularly on the use of coal, which the Obama administration has discouraged through a number of policies.

McConnell signaled Wednesday that his campaign would seek to link Grimes to Obama, who is considered unpopular in Kentucky.

"My opponent, of course, will support the agenda of Barack Obama and Harry Reid," McConnell said.  "She may try to claim otherwise during the campaign but we all know how that works. She'll be on board with the effort to implement Obamacare and the War on Coal."

At her announcement on Monday, Grimes did not directly address a question regarding McConnell's fight against the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," yet also appeared to distance herself from Obama.

"Well, I will tell you that regardless of the vote that is issued in this race, we cannot change who our president is," Grimes responded.

"The fact is that Ms. Lundergan Grimes is ill-equipped, ill-prepared and just isn't ready for this position," said NRSC spokesman Brook Hougesen.  "It's strange that a candidate would announce a U.S. Senate campaign without a website, but in this case the obvious reason is that Grimes and liberal Washington allies hope to keep as much about her hidden from Kentucky voters as possible. We share no such fears."

Meanwhile, the McConnell Senate Committee has added a crown on a photo of Grimes, naming her "Obama's Kentucky Candidate" on another a website of the same name.


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