Grimes does 'not condone' content or how McConnell HQ recorded

Grimes does 'not condone' content or how McConnell HQ recorded

Grimes does 'not condone' content or how McConnell HQ recorded

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 5:28 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- One day after her initial comments did not address whether she approved of the manner in which a private meeting was secretly recorded at Sen. Mitch McConnell's Louisville campaign headquarters, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes made her disapproval clear on Wednesday.

Speaking to a reporter in Hazard, Kentucky, Grimes also complained about attempts to connect her to the liberal SuperPAC whose members are accused in the clandestine recording.  Before the taping controversy, Progress Kentucky had apologized for racially charged tweets regarding McConnell's wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary, Elaine Chao.  

"I do not condone racial or ethic denigration," Grimes said to the WYMT-TV reporter.  "I also do not condone the content of the recording that has surfaced from Senator McConnell's campaign or the context in which it was allegedly obtained."

The recording of McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, revealed by Mother Jones magazine earlier this month, includes a discussion of the opposition research conducted on actress Ashley Judd and Grimes.

A Buzzfeed.com story on Monday also linked Grimes to Progress Kentucky with a photograph of Grimes with the SuperPAC's eventual founder, Shawn Reilly.  Reilly's attorney has acknowledged that the Democratic activist was present when the recording was captured, yet at most as a witness to the activities of another Progress Kentucky member, Curtis Morrison.  Morrison has detailed information to WHAS11 about how the recording was carried out.

"I do not have a relationship with Progress Kentucky," Grimes said.  "And strained attempts to fabricate one based on a two-year-old photo taken during a statewide campaign in which thousands of photos were taken is merely a continuation of the desperate and personally destructive tactics invented by Senator McConnell and displayed in the recording by Senator McConnell himself."

"Kentucky deserves better," Grimes concluded.

On Tuesday, WHAS11 first asked Grimes for a response to the opposition research.

"I will tell you that in running for Secretary of State, I found that Kentuckians were hungry, were wanting to have people here in Frankfort and indeed in Washington DC that are about bringing people together not bringing them down," Grimes said at the state capitol. "And I think that's what we need to be doing not only here for the state but for the nation as well, is uniting and not dividing."

WHAS11 then asked Grimes:  "What's your statement on the actual recording of the meeting itself?  Both the Governor and the Lt. Governor have denounced that."

"Again, I think that here in Kentucky, the citizens want candidates, they want people who are here shaping policy for Kentucky and for the nation that are about bringing people together and not personally attacking them or their families," Grimes responded on Tuesday.

 

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