- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014
Grimes won’t say if she voted for Obama

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said Friday that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is deceiving voters by staying mum on whether she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

McConnell’s comments came one day after Grimes refused four times to answer the question in an interview with The Courier-Journal editorial board and one week after Grimes ignored similar questions from a reporter at an event in Lexington. She was a delegate for Obama to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Four years earlier, she was a delegate for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In a nationally watched race that has turned largely on the candidates’ trustworthiness, McConnell has relentlessly argued that a vote for Grimes would be a vote for Obama’s agenda. Obama is deeply unpopular in the state.

“I think what it underscores is that this entire campaign has been about trying to deceive the voters of Kentucky into thinking she’s something she’s not,” McConnell said.

The Grimes campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Friday.

Democrats who are running in states Obama lost are trying mightily to distance themselves from him, much like Republicans did in 2006 when President George W. Bush’s approval ratings were low. Grimes has touted her disagreements with Obama on his energy policies and some of his gun proposals. And she has run TV ads showing her shooting skeet before looking directly into the camera to say, “I’m not Barack Obama.”

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Hillary Clinton to campaign for Grimes in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has already shared a stage with President Bill Clinton, and now she will be in the spotlight with another member of the family when the former secretary of state joins her on the campaign trail.

Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will try to boost Democrat Grimes’ campaign to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is seeking a sixth term. Clinton’s appearance is set for Wednesday night at the Kentucky International Convention in Louisville, Grimes’ campaign said Friday.

“Alison has been a long-time supporter and admirer of Clinton’s leadership and independence, and is humbled that she will be in Kentucky to endorse her campaign and her plan to get Washington working for Kentucky,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said.

The event is open to the public, and free tickets will be available at all 120 county Democratic headquarters statewide, the campaign said.

Bill Clinton has made two trips to Kentucky this year to promote Grimes’ campaign. He carried Kentucky both times he won the White House in the 1990s.

The Clintons’ connection to Grimes goes back a generation: Her father, Jerry Lundergan, is a former state Democratic Party chairman and longtime Clinton friend. In 1993, as a 14-year-old, Grimes handed the president-elect a bouquet of roses while attending his inaugural festivities.

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Kentucky Baptists want gay-friendly church out

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Baptists will vote later this year on whether to sever ties with a Louisville member church that says it is open to performing gay marriages.

A committee of the Kentucky Baptist Convention voted Thursday to end its relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The Louisville church last year announced that sexual orientation and gender identity would not be a factor in hiring, ordinations or in performing marriage services within its congregation.

“We’re grieved by Crescent Hill’s departure from biblical teaching and Baptist beliefs,” Paul Chitwood, the Baptist Convention’s executive director, said in a statement on the convention’s website Friday. “Our love for all people, including those who practice homosexuality, requires us to speak the truth about sin even when we are speaking it to one another.”

The Baptist Convention’s Committee on Credentials found that the church was no longer “in friendly cooperation” with Kentucky Baptists. The action was taken after a series of private discussions between church leaders and the Baptist Convention, the statement said.

The full convention will vote on whether to disassociate from Crescent Hill Church at its annual meeting on Nov. 11.

Crescent Hill Church’s co-pastor, the Rev. Jason Crosby, said he was saddened to hear the news of the committee’s action, but it won’t change the church’s mission.

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Jensen loses campaign manager, 2 other staffers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The campaign manager and two other employees have resigned from the staff of Elisabeth Jensen, a Democrat who is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District race.

Jensen campaign consultant Carol Andrews told the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1yiwB6Xhttps://bit.ly/1yiwB6X ) there was no shakeup, “just a difference of opinion” and that the departure was friendly.

Former campaign manager Allan Rivlin of Washington, D.C., didn’t return a call from the newspaper. The others who left Thursday are finance director Melanie McCormick and field and political director Gracey Wise.

The general election is Nov. 4.

Andrews said no one has been named to replace Rivlin. She said four paid campaign staffers remain.

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