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Alison Lundergan Grimes visits Floyd County coal mine


Alison Lundergan Grimes visits Floyd County coal mine
WYMT // Laura Beranek

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) US Senator candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes hit the battleground of Eastern Kentucky Friday afternoon.

Grimes visited local leaders, discussing coal and jobs.

The democratic candidate visited a Floyd County mine before the round table discussion at the Mountain Arts Center.

She says their conversations focused on her priorities for Eastern Kentucky and its workers.

Grimes said one of the topics in the discussion was about keeping good coal jobs while diversifying Kentucky’s economy.

“I don’t agree with what the president has done, his energy philosophy,” said Grimes, “It’s a stark contrast to mine. I also don’t agree with the 30 years of failed leadership Mitch McConnell has had now. Three decades to address the issues facing Kentucky, and he has not saved one coal job. He has not helped to make this state stronger in terms of how we’re going to move Eastern and Western Kentucky forward.”

Grimes also said she would welcome the opportunity to debate Senator McConnell before the November elections.


 






Background:

On Friday, Alison Lundergan Grimes visited a coal mine in Eastern Kentucky (Floyd County). While on site, Alison ventured underground in the deep mine, toured the operation and spoke with miners — an opportunity to see and hear directly from those who work in the industry that literally keeps the lights on here in Kentucky.

Following the mine visit, Alison participated in a discussion with local community members and elected officials about jobs and the coal industry. She listened to participants share their experiences, challenges and hopes for the future.

Alison also offered her thoughts on the need for legislation that helps to prepare Kentucky for the future, rather than just respond to crises after the fact. That is why Alison offered a jobs plan in January that outlines her priorities for helping our coal communities diversify their economies and save jobs.

Another common theme that emerged in the roundtable discussion was Mitch McConnell’s 30 years of failed leadership in Washington.

“Mitch McConnell has had three decades to address the issues facing Kentucky, and he has not saved one coal job,” Grimes said Friday. “He has not helped to make this state stronger in terms of how we’re going to move Kentucky — especially Eastern Kentucky — forward.”

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