Grimes Bashes McConnell At Rally; Talks Minimum Wage Raise and Coal

By Michael Gossum | 

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Just a few weeks after her endorsement from President Bill Clinton in Louisville, Secretary of State and democratic senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes brought her message to Hopkinsville.

As expected, she focused on her potential general election opponent Senator Mitch McConnell and raising the minimum wage.

"$7.25 barely raises a family above the poverty level. I will tell you for far too long, Mitch McConnell has gotten away with increasing his pay each and every year, quadrupling his net worth on a government salary while voting against increasing the minimum wage. It stops now," said Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes had former Governor Martha Layne Collins open up for her as well as current State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach.

"Tomorrow is the first day of spring and with your help starting here in western Kentucky, we're going to do some spring cleaning," said State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach.

A speech that got the crowd riled up for Grimes.

Grimes also spent her time talking about coal and its place in the future.

"As Senator I will spare no effort to persuade Washington policy makers that our national energy policy, any coherent rational energy policy, must have a long-term meaningful place for coal," said Grimes.

Grimes will have a primary election in May and McConnell will have one as well, before the two would potentially square off in November.

McConnell spokesperson Allison Moore sent WBKO this statement, "Apparently Alison Lundergan Grimes thinks giving staged speeches about current law every six weeks and calling it a jobs plan is what a Senator does."

Other topics Grimes talked about Wednesday night were getting Veterans back to work, looking out for farmers and funding for major interstates like I-69 and I-66.

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