LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Despite her father taking the blame for failing to file annual reports on two businesses linked to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a conservative Super PAC said Monday the lapses are further evidence that Grimes is not "ready for prime time."
The Grimes campaign blasted back late Monday afternoon, saying the Super PAC's promotion of the story on social media is evidence of how concerned "Washington insiders" are about McConnell's 2014 re-election bid.
The Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC is advertising the story on Twitter and Facebook after it was first revealed by Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Jack Brammer on July 9. Until alerted by the newspaper, two businesses organized by Grimes — Glenncase and GCL Properties — were listed in bad standing with the state in a database on Grimes' Secretary of State website.
Though Grimes is a part-owner of Glenncase, her father -- former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan -- is listed as the sole officer for both companies, according to the Herald-Leader.
The newspaper checked Grimes' businesses after the Secretary of State's office issued a news release which disclosed that 41,000 Kentucky businesses had failed to comply with a July 1 deadline to file an annual report.
“Grimes’ disastrous campaign launch showed she wasn’t ready for prime time,” said Scott Jennings, a Senior Advisor to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership in a blog post. “Now we find that a business Grimes owns isn’t even in good standing with her own office. Kentucky voters are quickly learning that Grimes’ political ambition exceeds her ability.”
"Senator McConnell and the Washington insiders are clearly very scared," countered Grimes spokesman Jonathan Hurst.
"They are trying lots of silly tactics. They want to distract voters away from Senator McConnell and his thirty year voting record," Hurst continued. "If their best distraction is a $15 fee that was paid within the grace period, that is not going to work. Kentucky families are not going to be distracted. It just shows you how desperate Senator McConnell and the Washington insiders are."