September 18, 2013

Top Coal Leader In Kentucky Skeptical About Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes may try to present herself as an advocate for coal, but leaders in Kentucky’s coal industry aren’t buying it.

A top coal industry leader in Kentucky is questioning if Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes can break with President Obama on restraining environmental regulations.

Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett noted that Grimes’ talk about coal seems rather politically convenient given how little she has spoken up on behalf of coal in the past.

[Kentucky Coal Association President Bill] Bissett adds that Grimes hasn’t said much about the subject until now and rarely was involved with the industry’s concerns or needs in her capacity as secretary of state.

Not to mention it’s difficult for Grimes to build up any sort of credibility on coal, considering the company that she is keeping and seeking advice from.

“But when you consider we’re hearing a lot of rumors about upcoming fundraisers with Sen. Harry Reid, there is a real question of what that relationship is going to be with someone who has carried out all of the president’s marching order against coal in the Senate. It is my understanding that if someone gives you money, you expect them to think and act like they do.”