Covington, Kentucky

Women in Politics Author, Covington Consultant Supports Grimes's Challenge to McConnell

If Senator Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign is to be 2014's race to watch, politicos across the country are hoping for a competitive battle.

The highest-profile Democrat to jump in the race announced her intention to run at a news conference in Frankfort on Monday.

Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State and a prodigy of Democratic blue bloods in the Commonwealth, will hope to end the Republican McConnell's winning streak in a quest for the Senate seat he's held since winning in 1984.

It will be no easy task for the 34-year old Grimes. McConnell has a legendary campaign war chest in the millions and nearly three decades of name recognition. The Senate Minority Leader has battled with President Barack Obama since the beginning of Obama's first term and McConnell hopes to link Grimes to the President who remains unpopular in Kentucky.

"Alison Lundergan Grimes is another rubberstamp vote for President Obama's failed agenda, and does not understand what is best for Kentucky," McConnell's campaign said on Facebook

"I agree with thousands of Kentuckians that Kentucky is tired of twenty-eight years of obstruction, that Kentucky is tired of someone who has voted against raising the minimum wage all the while quadrupling his own net worth," Grimes said of McConnell during her Monday afternoon press conference.

Kathy Groob, a Covington-based political consultant and author of the book Pink Politics which focuses on female candidates and the way they can win, is supportive of a Grimes candidacy.

"Alison's announcement (Monday) is an important step for women in politics in Kentucky and across the country," said Groob, who attended the press conference in Frankfort. "When a 34-year-old accomplished woman is ready to take on one of the most powerful political men in the country, it's a great day for women."

Groob operates November Strategies, a campaign consulting firm, with her husband, Jeff Groob. 

"Alison Grimes has proven herself as a person that gets the job done," Groob said. "When you look at her work on behalf of veterans and the citizens of Kentucky, she is the fresh leader we need in Washington."

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Allison Lundergan Grimes makes her announcement/provided by Kathy Groob