Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to say whether or not she personally voted for President Obama in 2008 and/or 2012.
Grimes, who’s in a close fight with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, did not want to answer that simple question, preferring to “respect the sanctity of the ballot box.”
In her evasive answer, Grimes did mention that she “was, actually, in ‘08 a delegate for Hillary Clinton.” Adding, “I think that Kentuckians know I’m a Clinton Democrat through and through.”
She started her answer by saying, “You know, this election isn’t about the president,” so why mention her association with Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Her refusal to answer would carry more weight had she not.
Her answer would have also carried more weight had she not been a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention for Barack Obama.
As reported at the time, “The Kentucky delegation to the Democratic National Convention is a mix of first-timers, activists and pretty much every major Democratic Party office-holder in the state.”
Grimes, Kentucky’s Attorney General, is a loyal Democrat. So why be evasive on something so basic?
The answer can be found in the president’s unpopularity in Kentucky. However, in spite of her insistence, Obama insists his policies, if not his name, are on the ballot next month and that a vote for Democrats is a vote for him.
This fact appears to make Grimes as uncomfortable as telling people she’s asking for the vote of, whom she gave hers to in the past.