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FRANKFORT – Today, Mitch McConnell’s campaign and his allies attempted to use sexual harassment victims’ experiences as a political football before knowing all of the facts, and their attacks have backfired.

In a 30-minute phone conversation this morning with Alison Lundergan Grimes, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper were equally appalled by McConnell’s actions.  They shared a substantive discussion about issues women face in the workplace, specifically regarding violence and sexual harassment matters.  Alison shared that these are issues she takes very personally, as she fought for domestic violence victims as an attorney, and as Secretary of State, has championed legislation that will keep victims safe when they exercise their right to vote.  Alison considers both Costner and Cooper friends.

Alison Lundergan Grimes also asked their personal feelings on whether the campaign should return the contributions in question.  They unanimously expressed that they want the campaign to “keep it and fight” for the issues important to the women of Kentucky.  They added, “We don’t want to be pawns in the political game.”

The contrast between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell on issues important to women and families could not be starker.  Mitch McConnell has repeatedly voted against the Violence Against Women Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and as recently as today, obstructed the Paycheck Fairness Act.  The women of Kentucky deserve better.

As the Commonwealth’s next U.S. Senator, Alison will continue to be a strong advocate for women – just as she has throughout her life.  From fighting for domestic violence victims in the courtroom, to championing legislation to protect victims’ right to vote, to supporting pay equity, Alison’s unwavering commitment to women and their families could not be clearer.

“Mitch McConnell’s bullying tactics are outrageous and truly know no bounds. It’s alarming that on the same day McConnell led his caucus to block Paycheck Fairness in the Senate, his campaign is taking advantage of female victims of sexual assault to boost his flailing re-election campaign,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said Wednesday.  “McConnell’s latest display is politics at its lowest, and there seems to be no depth Mitch McConnell is unwilling to sink to distract Kentuckians from his failed record of fighting for the Commonwealth’s women and families.”


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