People’s Pundit Daily reported late last week that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was getting ready to pull the plug on Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Kentucky Senate race. The decision wasn’t necessarily based upon her refusal to answer if she voted for President Obama, but it certainly didn’t help.
Now, Roll Call is reporting that the DSCC, in fact, had pulled its TV advertising for the final three weeks in the Kentucky Senate race.
Even though PPD’s 2014 Senate Map Predictions model has always taken a more bullish position on Sen. Mitch McConnell, we made a final “Likely Republican” call on the Kentucky Senate race following the Courier-Journal Editorial Board meeting. McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Grimes, thrice dogged the question of whether she voted for President Obama. In the Kentucky Senate debate Monday night, she made an equally embarrassing appearance, dodging the question several times again.
“Why are you reluctant to give an answer on whether or not you voted for President Obama?” the moderator asked.
“Bill, there’s no reluctance,” Grimes responded. “This is a matter of principle. Our constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box, for a secret ballot.”
After rattling off an excuse that encompassed her role as secretary of state, which implied she had an office duty to protect her privacy, the moderator truly ended the exchange damningly with a question that had an obvious answer.
“And you wont answer that question tonight?”
“If I as chief election official, Bill, don’t stand up for that right, who in Kentucky will?” Grimes said.
But her refusal to answer the question once again raises the concern that she cannot be trusted to answer a tough question as senator, or even take a tough vote.
“And Kentuckians expect her to cast a tough vote on anything,” Chuck Todd said on MSNBC last week. “Is she ever going to answer a tough question on anything. You want to be a U.S. senator?”
Minority Leader McConnell is currently enjoying an 84 percent chance of victory, according to PPD’s model.