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Grimes Rallies Maifest Crowd in Covington

Alison Lundergan Grimes loves Kentucky, its people, and she works hard. She is intelligent, educated, bright, and capable.

Those superlatives were said about Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State and like Democratic nominee for US Senate, by former Governor Martha Layne Collins who stopped at Covington's Maifest on Sunday afternoon as part of the Grimes campaign's fifty county bus tour.

The two women on stage together signified the strongest message Grimes issued Sunday: "I am the Kentucky woman". "Women belong at the front of the line," Grimes told a crowd of about a hundred supporters on Main Street. "Equal pay for equal work is not just a talking point. We will work to make it a reality."

Her likely opponent in November is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who is seeking his sixth six-year term in Washington. Grimes pointed out that the Commonwealth's senior senator opposed paycheck fairness and the Violence Against Women Act.

She called McConnell, who was in Covington on Friday, "an empty chatterbox".

Her largest applause line came when she said she would work in DC to find funding for the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project without the use of tolls. Grimes called the project vital. "We want to keep that bridge open and off of your backs," she said.

In a follow-up interview with The River City News aboard the campaign bus, Grimes said bipartisanship would help the bridge effort and said that Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a fellow Democrat, would want to work with her toward that end. She also applauded Governor Steve Beshear for his work on kynect, Kentucky's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, and said that while Beshear is currently waging a legal battle to prevent Kentucky from recognizing same-sex marriages, she supports everyone having the right to marry, though she added that churches should not be required to go against their beliefs.

Grimes's arrival in Covington followed the release of a new poll on Friday that showed her leading McConnell by a point. "I don't think we look at this race as a toss-up. I think we're ready to toss out our senator," she said.

Following her stump speech, Grimes made the rounds at Maifest, visiting with supporters and checking out the event.

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

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