July 2, 2013

Grimes’ Father: Terrible Rollout Product Of Last-Minute Deal-Making With National Democrats

In an interview with WHAS11  in Kentucky, the father of U.S. Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes admitted that her rollout was flawed but blamed it on the need to cut last minute deals with national Democrats for financial support. According to Jerry Lundergan, “We needed a lot of ‘i’s’ to dot and ‘t’s’ to cross” from national Democrats before his daughter would announce her candidacy. Because those negotiations were continuing into Monday, there was little time to plan a rollout and she needed to fake that she wasn’t interested in the race.

The question is what deals did Grimes and her father cut with Harry Reid and liberal donors before she announced her candidacy? Check out the report below:

By signaling she was ready to say, “No,” Grimes may have created tremendous leverage as she and her advisers negotiated with national Democratic leaders, political organizations and donors to secure financial commitments. Sources tell WHAS11 those negotiations continued into Monday, even as an adviser notified Kentucky media that Grimes would make a “statement” that day about the senate race.

“This has been a very exhausting day,” admitted Grimes’ father, the former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan after her announcement, “but it’s turned out very well.”

WHAS11 asked Lundergan what kind of assurances the Grimes campaign needed before jumping into the race.

“We needed a lot of ‘i’s’ to dot and ‘t’s’ to cross,” Lundergan said. “And I think unlike other candidates who have ran for this office in the past, we just didn’t step into it. We wanted to make sure that when we got into it we could get into it and win.”