LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- In a new video posted on her U.S. Senate campaign website, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says "I don't scare easy," lambasting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign tactics and accusing him of being "the biggest part of the problem" in Washington, D.C., acting out of pettiness and spite rather than the best interests of Kentuckians.
"He's wasted decades blocking legislation that would have helped Kentucky and our country," Grimes says in the nearly four minute video. "And it's over the last few years he's done it out of the worst possible reason, out of spite."
Grimes also counters McConnell's argument that she would be a rubber stamp for Obama administration policies and the national Democratic Party's agenda and values.
"I don't always agree with the president," Grimes says over soft piano music, "but that doesn't mean we can't put the good of our people in front of the bad that comes from acting petty and small. Together we can change that."
Grimes also reacts to recent Republican criticism of her travels to Martha's Vineyard and San Francisco in the weeks after her July 1 Senate announcement.
"Now this parts for you, Sen. McConnell. Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky, Senator," Grimes says, her voice stiffening, "where I'll be holding you accountable."
Grimes invites supporters to her campaign kickoff on Tuesday, July 30th at the Carrick House in Lexington, an historic mansion owned by Grimes' father, Jerry Lundergan, and used for weddings and corporate events.
The video replays Grimes' 2011 Secretary of State television commercial that featured her two elderly grandmothers seated behind laptop computers and touting how she would help Kentucky businesses.
Grimes explains that her paternal grandmother, Thelma Lundergan McHugh, has died since then. Yet, Grimes' maternal grandmother, Elsie Case, appears at the end of the new video.
In the original ad, Case asked "What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?" The question was reprised in a auto-tuned McConnell campaign video which suggests several phrases that rhyme with "Alison Lundergan Grimes:" “left-wing mime,” “sticks to party line,” and “not ready for prime time.”
In the new video, Case asks a new question: "What rhymes with 'Mitch'"
"It's time to switch," Case says.