On the campaign stump, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes constantly claims to be the one looking out for all Kentucky women in her bid to oust U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell this November. But she has repeatedly dodged reporters’ questions since last summer about sexual harassment allegations by three women against a former state representative.
We are referring to former state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, who is accused of sexually harassing these women while still a legislator.
On Tuesday, the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission voted 4-1 to punish Arnold, but five votes are needed to approve an action by the nine-member commission. The deciding vote against punishing Arnold was Elmer George, who has contributed $5,200 to the Grimes campaign. George also contributed $1,000 to Grimes’ 2011 secretary of state campaign. He was appointed to the commission by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, who has played a very active role at some of Grimes’ campaign events.
Campaigning in Lexington on Tuesday, Grimes once again refused to speak to reporters about the commission’s decision.
And this candidate believes she is the one who is standing up for Kentucky women and will look out for women in the workplace?
We say quite the contrary.
We see a weak candidate who didn’t have the courage to come out last year when this was all made public and say that Mr. Arnold should resign from office. The only statewide office holder to do so was state Auditor Adam Edelen, a fellow Democrat. Another reason she refused to answer direct questions about the situation is likely because Arnold is a Democrat. Had that been a Republican state office holder accused of what Arnold was accused of, you can be assured Grimes would have been more than happy to comment.
It simply wasn’t politically convenient for her to comment.
Grimes has shown time after time she can answer hardly any questions directed at her from the press. She can’t say if she is for or against the Affordable Care Act; she can’t give a yes-or-no answer on whether she supports gay marriage; she can’t give details of how many jobs her so-called “jobs plan” would create; she claims to support coal but attends fundraisers with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is on record as saying “coal makes us sick” and other anti-coal liberals in Hollywood who have heavily donated to her campaign; she can’t say yes or no on whether she will return the $5,200 contribution from George. Until late Wednesday, she wouldn’t say whether she would return a $250 contribution from Arnold. It has been reported by two of Arnold’s accusers that Grimes offered to return Arnold’s donation, but the two, who have been critical of McConnell, urged her to keep it to fight for women …
Grimes talks tough about standing up for women in the state, but again this is an example of someone who only stands up for women when it’s politically convenient for her.
Mrs. Grimes, actions speak a lot louder than words.
— The Daily News, Bowling Green