Posted on July 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Two weeks after she announced her intention to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes made it official on Tuesday, filing the candidacy papers with the United States Senate Clerk.
In an e-mail to supporters Tuesday night, Grimes revealed the official campaign kickoff will be July 30 in her hometown of Lexington.
"It’s going to be a long, tough road to bring Kentucky the strong voice it deserves," the Democrat writes in the fundraising request e-mail. "My opponent has built up a war chest of over $10 million, and shadowy special interest groups and Washington insiders have already started to open up their wallets to fund false attacks against my record."
Since Grimes' July 1 announcement, the McConnell campaign and Republican supporters have had relatively free reign to castigate her and characterize Grimes' senate candidacy as a rubber stamp for national Democrats. Until the e-mail, Grimes has not made any public statements about the race since her announcement and her campaign's website offers no issue positions or contrasts of how her opponents describe her.
Yet Grimes writes that "support has been overwhelming" since the announcement. The letter does not criticize McConnell by name but implicitly criticizes the Senate Minority Leader as an example of someone "failing now to get the job done."
"We need leaders who will work across party lines to deliver results," Grimes writes, "not dig in their heels and obstruct when they can’t get their way. The people of Kentucky deserve better."
"This campaign is going to require all of us to stand up," the e-mail continues. "We need to stand up to the Washington insiders and their Super PACs. We need to stand up and demand that we elect leaders who will work to move Kentucky forward."