McConnell says Grimes 'hiding,' declares support for VAWA


by Joe Arnold

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 10:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- "She announced and went into hiding."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is having fun with his presumed Democratic challenger's absence from the public spotlight.  Kentucky hasn't heard any public comment from Alison Lundergan Grimes since she concluded her Senate news conference ten days ago.

McConnell's campaign launched a new website Friday -- asking -- "Where's Alison?" The "Waiting on Alison" site includes a clock that  counts by the second how long it's been since Grimes has answered questions from the media.

The Grimes campaign says she plans a formal rollout later this month.  In her absence, McConnell is eager to define Grimes to Kentucky voters.

"What we do know for sure about my opponent is that she thinks Harry Reid of Nevada would be a better leader of the Senate than a Kentuckian," McConnell said.  "And what we do know is that Harry Reid has said quote 'coal makes you sick' endquote.  So if I had the support of someone like that who recruited me into the race, maybe I'd be hiding out too."

Grimes' facebook page reveals two appearances this week - to welcome a new Ft. Knox Commander and address Kentucky National Guard soldiers deploying to Kuwait.

A Grimes campaign spokesman says she has several public meetings on the schedule next week.

"It's clear where Sen McConnell is," said Jonathan Hurst.  "He's in Washington where he's been for the 30 years. He's 'Senator Gridlock,' arguing, fighting and blocking legislation that would help Kentucky families."

McConnell has granted several interviews since Grimes announced. 

While last week he deflected a question about his previous votes against the Violence Against Women Act, today, McConnell explained that he's a longtime supporter, but preferred an alternative to the one advanced by Democrats.

"Actually I voted for a much stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act than the one that ended up passing the Senate," McConnell said.  "So I'd be happy to have that debate with my opponent or anyone else because I voted for a much stronger provision."

“Once again Mitch McConnell is misleading Kentucky women because the truth is that he has repeatedly fought against stronger versions of the Violence Against Women Act and has no interest in standing up for the women of his state," said Regan Page, Deputy Press Secretary at the DSCC. "Women make up over half of the electorate in Kentucky and they deserve a Senator who will fight on their behalf. Mitch McConnell would rather be the face of partisan political gridlock in Washington.”