report­ed from
Feb­ru­ary 17, 2014

The nation­al spec­ta­cle of the 2014 Ken­tucky Sen­ate race came here Mon­day when Ali­son Lun­der­gan Grimes brought Michi­gan Sen. Deb­bie Stabenow to ral­ly women to her cause.

Grimes & Mackey

Pho­to cour­tesy of Novem­ber Strate­gies

Mon­day marked Grimes’ first appear­ance in North­ern Ken­tucky since a Louisville Couri­er-Jour­nal poll showed she was lead­ing Sen. Mitch McConnell 46 to 42 per­cent. The race is attract­ing nation­al atten­tion and mon­ey because of the pos­si­bil­i­ty the top Repub­li­can in the Sen­ate could be top­pled.

A crowd of 100, most­ly women, packed into the back room of invest­ment man­age­ment firm Mack­ey Advi­sors in Belle­vue to hear Grimes, Stabenow and Grimes’ grand­moth­er Elsie Case urge them to sup­port Grimes’ cam­paign against McConnell, the Sen­ate minor­i­ty leader.

Grimes said Stabenow’s appear­ance showed how impor­tant the Ken­tucky Sen­ate seat was.

“It tells you what pri­or­i­ty this cam­paign has,” Grimes said. “This is the chair of the Sen­ate agri­cul­ture com­mit­tee, Michigan’s first and only female sen­a­tor, and the first female in the nation to beat a Repub­li­can incum­bent.” Stabenow beat Spencer Abra­ham in 2000.

Next Tues­day, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton will head­line a fundrais­er for Grimes in Louisville.

“I’m excit­ed about the pres­i­dent com­ing to town,” Grimes told The Enquir­er after the event. “This is his first cam­paign vis­it of 2014. This state is a focus for him, because, like the rest of Ken­tucky, he knows it means the dif­fer­ence in whether it will be for­mer Minor­i­ty Leader Mitch McConnell or Major­i­ty Leader Mitch McConnell.”

Ken­tucky vot­ers have a chance to help get more women rep­re­sent­ed in the Sen­ate and change the cul­ture in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Stabenow said. Out of 100 sen­a­tors, 20 are women.

“You are in a very impor­tant time and place,” Stabenow said. “You have a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty I hope you will grab onto. Don’t let this one get away. You have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to fun­da­men­tal­ly change the tenor of the Unit­ed States Sen­ate.”

Grimes’ cam­paign chose Mack­ey Advi­sors as an exam­ple of a suc­cess­ful woman-owned busi­ness. Own­er Mack­ey McNeill joined many in the audi­ence who said they hope to see more women in the Sen­ate. If they can get 30 women in the Sen­ate, McNeill believes gov­ern­ment will work much bet­ter.

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