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article imageOp-Ed: Democrats stop running TV ads for Alison Lundergan-Grimes

By Larry Clifton     Oct 14, 2014 in Politics
Washington - When do 2014 Democratic Senate candidates realize the Democratic Party has pulled the rug out from under them? Alison Lundergan-Grimes might say when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) stops running TV ads on her behalf.
That seems to be the case in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race where Grimes is trailing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in most polls. Tuesday’s DSCC funding snub comes one day after the only scheduled debate between Grimes and her opponent.
Last week a reporter asked Grimes who she voted for in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Her drifty response that touched on just about everything but her voting record set the stage for last night’s debate. The moderator asked on behalf of an audience member whom Grimes voted for in the 2012 presidential election. Long story short, Grimes wasted her allotted time attempting to explain how it was her duty to defend Kentuckians' ballot privacy rights by not answering the question. Video of her response immediately went viral.
Fast-forward 24 hours and major national news outlets are reporting that ads funded by the DSCC on her behalf went dark after Monday. To put it gently, Grimes seems to have failed to convince her own political party financiers that her campaign is worth funding. Democrats had high hopes Grimes could pull an upset against McConnell thereby embarrassing Republicans and boosting odds of Democrats maintaining their grip on the U.S. Senate. The party sunk millions into her campaign to that end. Grimes, a formidable fundraiser, has banked about $4.9 million in her own campaign war chest, however, without supplemental DSCC funding the Democrat's path to victory becomes a steep climb.
Meanwhile, Grimes' campaign is catching flak from its own liberal democratic base for an ad accusing McConnell of supporting amnesty for 3 million “illegal aliens.” On Tuesday, the influential liberal political action organization called on Grimes to pull the ad because it refers to undocumented persons in the country as "illegal aliens."
While it is not clear why DSCC officials stopped running ads in support of Grimes, some analysts attribute the woodshed treatment to Grimes’ double fumbling of the who did-you-vote-for question. Though Grimes refuses to say if she voted for Obama in 2008 or 2012, she was a delegate for the president at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Generally, being a national convention delegate for a presidential candidate is a good indication for whom that person likely voted for. Pundits say Grimes should have answered the question directly and followed with remarks on why it was the right choice or a mistake.
Through the EPA, Pres. Obama has heavily regulated coal production and its usage in power plants which has cost Kentuckians jobs and raised doubts about their future. Kentucky’s coal industry employs a significant portion of the state’s population and Mr. Obama is extremely unpopular in the state.
McConnell, who has poor favorability ratings, has managed to right his campaign by linking Grimes to Mr. Obama's policies. While three weeks is an eternity where election campaigns are concerned, the latest developments represent a serious political blow to Grimes’ campaign and a setback for Democrats’ efforts to maintain control of the Senate.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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