LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- A Republican funded website that - at first blush - presents itself as in support of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, is being blasted by the Grimes campaign.
"It should be no surprise that Senator McConnell and his Washington friends will do anything to distract Kentucky voters away from his 30-year Washington voting record," Grimes spokesman Jonathan Hurst told WHAS11 in a statement Friday afternoon.
The first images seen by visitors to the GrimesForSenate.org website, paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, are photos of Grimes and President Barack Obama, book ending an "Alison Grimes Senate" logo.
The site claims that Grimes would be a rubber stamp for Obama, "is just not ready" and does not reflect Kentucky's beliefs, particularly on the use of coal, which the Obama administration has discouraged through a number of policies.
"This is another failed attempt by Washington insiders to try to deceive Kentucky voters," Hurst said in the statement. "However, Kentuckians know that Alison Lundergan Grimes is the only candidate who will always stand up to both parties to put their families first. That's why AlisonForKY.com is getting an overwhelmingly strong response from all across the state."
The legitimate Grimes campaign website was launched on Friday, four days after she announced her bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).
"The fact is that Ms. Lundergan Grimes is ill-equipped, ill-prepared and just isn't ready for this position," said NRSC spokesman Brook Hougesen. "It's strange that a candidate would announce a U.S. Senate campaign without a website, but in this case the obvious reason is that Grimes and liberal Washington allies hope to keep as much about her hidden from Kentucky voters as possible. We share no such fears."
Meanwhile, the McConnell Senate Committee has added a crown on a photo of Grimes, naming her "Obama's Kentucky Candidate" on another a website of the same name.