KY Secretary of State and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senator Alison Lundergan Grimes recently visited Rough River Lodge to speak to a packed room of supporters on Wednesday, July 30.
Grimes, who is currently the youngest female Secretary of State in the United States, said she owes her success so far to her supporters and, with their help, looks to defeat Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the November general election.
Grimes said she is travelling west to the annual Fancy Farm to “hold Mitch McConnell accountable for 30 years of failed leadership.”
“We can finally change who’s in Washington, D.C.,” Grimes said. “This election is not about party control. It’s about so much more than that.”
Grimes said, if she is elected, she will fight to strengthen medicare and social security, as well as raise the minimum wage, unlike McConnell, “who’s voted 15 times against raising the minimum wage.”
“It’s not a minimum wage, it’s a living wage,” she said.
Grimes also spoke about the importance of gender equality in the workplace and how women should be paid the same as men.
“Equal pay for equal work is not preferential treatment,” said Grimes.
The ultimate difference between McConnell and herself, Grimes said, will be the current Senator who is “only concerned with [keeping] his own job” versus a Senator whose “number one priority will be to bring jobs to Kentuckians.”
“D.C. isn’t working now,” said Grimes. “I’m running because Kentucky deserves better…We are on our way to making history. It will be because of you that we cross that finish line.”
Grimes has been criticized as being a candidate whose goal is only to further the agenda of President Barack Obama.
In response to this, Grimes said, “The president and I don’t agree on many things. I won’t answer to the president, no matter who he or she is.”
Grimes also said, “The president isn’t on the 2014 ballot. I am.”
To the people of Grayson County, Grimes said, “We’re overwhelmed by the people who came out today…The momentum continues to grow. People are ready for something new.”
Grimes and her campaign staff visited six areas of the state on Wednesday while gearing up for Saturday, Aug. 2’s Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County. In addition to Rough River, Grimes also made stops in Nelson, Bullitt, Meade, Hancock, and Daviess Counties.