By BOBBIE HAYSE
Glasgow Daily Times
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes spoke in front of the Barren County Courthouse on Friday afternoon as a part of her campaign trail across the state to promote her bid for U.S. senator this fall.
About 60 people horseshoed around her podium to show support with pro-Lundergan signs, whoops and hollers of support, amens and even a: “You tell ‘em, girl!”
As per usual, there were anti-Mitch McConnell signs, one of which stating that one Turtle-Man was enough for the state; showing a picture of the star of the Animal Planet show “Call of the Wildman” juxtaposed with a McConnell image.
Representative Johnny Bell introduced Grimes as a great friend of his, a great citizen of the commonwealth, a strong proponent for agriculture, education and economic growth.
“Not only is she an advocate for it,” Bell said. “Alison Lundergan Grimes will get the job done.”
After Grimes reiterated one of the tenants of her campaign, appealing to the, “strong women of Barren County,” she reminded everyone she is the only female constitutional officer elected statewide and the youngest female Secretary of State of Kentucky.
This race, she said, is much more than just party control; it’s about two very different and distinct visions as to how to move this state.
One, Grimes said, is moving backward as Kentuckians have been with McConnell for the past 30 years. Or two, moving forward with a fresh face, a new vision and a job plan for how to get Kentucky back to work.
Grimes pointed out McConnell’s continued votes against raising minimum wage, while raising his salary each year.
“It may be the last thing that he’ll put his name to, but the first thing that I’ll do in the United States Senate is raise the minimum wage; it’s a living wage,” she said.
Grimes went on to describe how McConnell has voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act.
“This guy actually voted against the Violence Against Women Act,” she went on to explain, “versus someone who believes, as I do, that women don’t belong at the back of the line, we belong at the front of the line.”
Grimes believes that it’s the No. 1 priority for a U.S. senator to put hard-working Kentuckians back to work and to grow the middle class.
“We are ready for someone who believes that hard-working Kentuckians deserve to have, not just a chatterbox, but finally a champion in Washington D.C; someone who will put the people before partisan politics,” she said.
Glasgow native, Connie Hart, 63, said she’s voting for Grimes because she’s a, “super-fantastic, hard-working, go-getter.”
“She wants to help everyone in Kentucky, not just a specific class of people,” Hart said.
Liset Espinoza, 34, of Glasgow, said it’s time for a new face in Kentucky.
“She’s intelligent and strong,” Espinoza said. “But, mostly, I believe it’s time for a positive change in government.”
When asked what Barren County voters can expect from her, Grimes said having a U.S. senator who believes it’s their responsibility to bring jobs to the state will benefit not just the county, but the entire commonwealth.
Grimes said her plan is one about growing incomes across the county and across the state, by raising minimum wage and making sure women get equal pay for equal work.
“Kentuckians need a senator who knows that it’s the farmers of Kentucky who are actually planting the future of the commonwealth,” Grimes said.