Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t taking any guff, certainly not from Chuck Todd or Mitch McConnell.
Only a day after Todd spoke of “heartburn” for his “sloppy” jibberjabber, Democratic candidate Grimes, of Kentucky, stated in a press conference Wednesday that she’d felt bullied by Todd on “Meet The Press” after he chastised her for not sharing whom she voted for in the 2008 election.
Really, Todd? Really?
Grimes stated during her press conference:
I’m not going to be bullied by Mitch McConnell or Chuck Todd.
Todd was oddly shifted into a higher profile role in the Kentucky election than would be normal, due to McConnell using some of his remarks regarding Grimes in a short campaign attack ad earlier in the month, which focused, again, on Grimes’ refusal to state whom she’d voted for in 2008. In the ad, Todd is featured stating:
And Kentuckians expect her to cast a tough vote on anything? Is she ever going to answer a tough question on anything?
At the end of the ad, Todd is featured a second time, clipped from “Morning Joe”:
I really think she disqualified herself. I really do.
But is refusing to keep whom your vote for private (a right each of us possess) really such a disqualifier? Certainly it is far less a disqualifier as, say, paying for “volunteer” supporters to join you on a campaign bus tour.
Thinking better of his role in the matter, Todd lamented to Media Matters that his criticism of Grimes had been “sloppy,” stating that he felt “physically ill” after seeing himself thrown into the fracas between Grimes and McConnell.
I don’t like being part of a political campaign …. [I]t gives me heartburn … it makes me, you know, literally physically ill.
Todd went on to say:
You can accuse me of being sloppy, of putting the words in my mouth and I should have put the words in the – in how this will impact, impact voters and impact the race. And, you know, that’s where I was sloppy.
Yet Todd closed:
I don’t take back the analysis …. She’s been running a poor campaign.
Something tells me Grimes will certainly see about that, though. Who will have the last word, or laugh, will remain to be seen.
Here’s the video: