Alison Grimes Says One Thing When In Public

And another when in private.

From Ryan Alessi:

[S]he downplayed any notion of a split in the party even as Beshear has made calls to Democrats on behalf of Walker.


“The governor is leaving this election up to the voters of Kentucky. He is running for re-election as the governor of the commonwealth — not for secretary of state. And at the end of the day, he has one vote,” she said. “I look to work together with Gov. Beshear, hopefully on May 18th, if humble enough to be elected by the citizens of Kentucky. And I think we will make a great team.”


Grimes said she is not aware of any retribution against any of her supporters.

Terrell Renfro said he voluntarily left his job in the Beshear administration to join Grimes’ campaign staff and was not forced out as some unconfirmed reports suggested.

Unfortunately, Grimes’ own family and Louisville-based consultant say Renfro was told to “resign” by the Beshear crew because he supported her instead of Elaine Nogay Walker.

One other now-former Beshear-Abramson campaign consultant was told he couldn’t work for them if he did any work for Grimes, which he now does via Dale Emmons.

Those same folks say the governor is interfering with her campaign AND they’re saying she doesn’t want to be a part of anything Beshear-related if she wins. Which is apparently just huff and bitterness from the longstanding Lundergan-Beshear feud.

It’d be nice to have a candidate who didn’t talk out of both sides of their mouth. Particularly one with such a bright political future.

UPDATE @ 12:53: Alison’s consultant just texted me to say, “You got it right.”

If we got it right, then maybe Alison should clarify what she said to Alessi. Additionally, Alison’s camp says it was Hayden who told Renfro to leave.

Florida Wants All Its Pills To Come To Kentucky

The most fatal mine disaster in 34 years occurred in West Virginia but Kentucky has felt more aftershocks. [H-L]

On not learning from experience. The GOP plan to choke Medicare is… interesting. [NY Times]

Today at noon Governor Steve Beshear will address the Boone County Education Foundation Governor’s Luncheon in Erlanger. [Press Release]

Here’s what Congressman John Yarmuth thinks about the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. [WFPL]

You should tell Hal Rogers what you think about his budget proposals. [KFTC]

Should also read this story about GE and taxes. Kinda sets the record straight. [Pro Publica]

A former Fletcher appointee and Knott County Judge-Executive had his motion for a new trial denied. Vote-buying doesn’t pay, folks. [H-L]

Independent voters ARE treated like second-class citizens in Kentucky. But that should be motivation for Independents to continue to vote independently and eschewing political parties. [Ryan Alessi]

PUT DOWN YOUR COFFEE. This is potentially the most amazing video you will watch all day. [Wonkette]

Alison Grimes is getting lots of attention in Northern Kentucky. Interesting that her opponent didn’t even get a mention in this story. [Ledger-Independent]

Why is the Florida governor afraid to talk to Daniel Mongiardo? Is he afraid that he may have good ideas about cutting the pill pipeline? [St. Augustine Record]

Republicans in Warshington are distributing a shutdown explainer. Are we all gonna get eated by Warshington? [Roll Call]

John Boehner says that the poor and lazy caused our economic crisis. Now we know what happens when you huff too much self-tanner. [Pam Spaulding]

This actually may be something Kentuckians can answer. Is smoking safer if you’re obese? [HuffPo]

Beshear Crew Think They’re Above Their Hype

It’s always entertaining for me to watch Steve Beshear and his circle of people act as if they’re above their own self-set standards of honesty, decency and transparency.

So I wasn’t the least bit surprised when they fired long-time and uber-loyal staffer Terrell Renfro.

Simply because he supported Alison Grimes over Elaine Nogay Walker (he is now Grimes’ only full-time campaign employee outside of overpaid and overhyped consultants).

Isn’t that slick? Firing people from the inner circle who know where all the skeletons are buried.

Just another in a long line of amateur moves.

Grimes Receives First Major Labor Endorsement

Today Alison Grimes received the first statewide endorsement from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227.

“A major focus of the UFCW Local 227 is ensuring that every Kentuckian has access to cast their vote. We are impressed with Alison Lundergan Grimes, and her plan to promote free elections, increase ballot access, and ensure that every vote is counted. Alison shares our values and she will be a strong advocate for working people,” said UFCW Local 227 President Gary Best.

“I am very excited to receive this support. The United Food and Commercial Workers and I share a commitment to standing up for working people,” Grimes said. “This endorsement demonstrates the united grassroots coalition we are building and the statewide momentum our campaign is gaining,” Grimes added. “It further shows the solid commitment I have made to be a strong voice for the hard-working families all across our Commonwealth.”

How bout them apples, Steve Beshear?

Grimes Gets Teamsters Endorsement In SoS Race

Alison Grimes recently received the endorsement of Teamsters Local 651:

While just a local union, it’s a significant moment for Grimes. I hear there are several other endorsements arranged that will be announced sometime soon. Along with at least 100 elected officials – include some folks holding statewide office.

Meanwhile, Elaine Walker seems to be thinking Steve Beshear is going to carry her across the finish line while her state government employees do campaign work on OUR dime.

Happy Tuesday.

Elaine Walker Really Shot Herself In The Foot

We originally thought Beshear appointee Elaine Walker was shaking things up the race for Secretary of State when she hired Larry O’Bryan and Kim Geveden as consultants and strategists:

Like them or not, their take-no-prisoners style and contacts throughout the state is going to give Alison Grimes’ campaign a run for its money. These hires open up doors the standard crew behind Steve Beshear are unable to access on their own. And it now draws a line in the sand for Democratic primary voters. Primarily because this means labor, educational groups and such are likely to trend Walker’s way.

To me, this says that Walker plans to take the media and messaging very seriously. If the races O’Bryan and Geveden have worked in the last few cycles are any indication, that’s gonna be tough to battle. Walker definitely won’t be able to compete with Grimes’ financial prowess but this says to me that she’s most certainly beginning to listen to folks outside the Beshear world.

But that was a couple weeks ago.

I hear that just last week O’Bryan and Geveden resigned from Walker’s campaign over some serious hilarity. You know what that means? Walker’s campaign is back to being as embarrassingly bad as it was in the beginning.

I mean, you know things are bad when Kim Geveden quits. Reference: Worked both the Mongiardo and Fischer campaigns and never quit either race.

Walker has hired Louisvillian Jim McGovern – the guy even Greg Fischer wouldn’t hire to sail her ship. And she’s still using her official deputy, Lindsay, to both work for the state and the campaign.

This is going to be a lovely trainwreck.

Mark Riddle to be hired as a consultant in 3, 2…