Democratic Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes has sought to distance herself from the Obama administration’s War on Coal in her race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in coal-friendly Kentucky.
“I disagree with the president and his philosophies in terms of coal,” Grimes has said. “I stand by the 15,000 men and women who are employed here in the state of Kentucky.”
It’s a prudent political move, but does Grimes really mean it? Or is she just saying that to get elected? In any event, Grimes is likely to discuss the issue in more candid fashion at an April 30 fundraiser at the Washington, D.C., home of anti-coal Representative Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.).
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) voted for a job-killing federal environmental regulation that will cause coal-fired power plants to shut down in the state of Ohio, despite previously acknowledging the negative economic consequences the regulation would have on his home state.
Republican congressional candidates and outside groups have seized upon the opportunity to brand Democrats as tax hikers in the wake of Thursday’s Obamacare ruling.