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Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheetSENATE: KENTUCKY Many red state Democrats have come out as critics of the EPA’s proposed rules to restrict carbon emissions. Alison Lundergan Grimes was one of those Democrats, but Grimes had a bit of an embarrassing flub toward the end of last week when her campaign sent out a pro-coal ad that said “President Obama and Washington Don’t Get It … Alison Grimes Does.” The ad, according to Politico, was accompanied by a picture of a coal miner, but turns out it was not actually a coal miner—it was a European model. Was this a huge deal? Probably not, but it does provide Republicans with ammunition to “raise doubts about the authenticity of her pro-coal position.” That was further compounded this week when it was reported that Grimes attended a D.C. fundraiser and neglected to defend Kentucky’s coal industry, despite previous promises to address it.