The Corner

Grimes Staffers Caught on Camera Admitting She’s ‘Lying’ about Support for Coal

In the latest sting from conservative video activist James O’Keefe, campaign staffers for Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes are caught on camera admitting the Senate hopeful is “lying” to voters about her support for the Kentucky coal industry.

Undercover reporters from O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” organization visited Grimes campaign offices and Democratic-party headquarters in Kentucky, posing as anti-coal environmentalists. Hidden cameras caught staffers explaining that Grimes doesn’t really support Kentucky’s robust coal industry, and is instead seeking to blur the lines between herself and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a state deeply hostile to President Obama and his environmental agenda. 

“You know she has to say that,” said Juanita Rodriguez, a Warren County Democratic operative. “Because in Kentucky if you don’t support the coal industry, you are dead . . . It’s a lying game, unfortunately.”

“If we can get her elected, do you think she is going to do the right thing and she’s gonna try to wipe out that coal industry and go for better resources?” one of the reporters asked Fayette County Democratic Committee member Gina Bess. 

“I absolutely think she is,” Bess replied. 

Grimes campaign staff also admitted their candidate’s double-speak on coal. “She’s trying to get votes, in that sense, from parts of Kentucky that that’s appealing to,” said field organizer Chase Sanders. “But once she gets in she’s going to be very realistic about the fact that there are environmental problems and she will do her part, you know, in a sense, to support those things.”

The McConnell campaign pounced on the new revelations. “The level of deception that Alison Grimes and her campaign engages in to appear pro-coal despite virulent opposition is both disturbing and dangerous,” spokeswoman Allison Moore wrote in a statement. 

The Grimes campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Via the Washington Free Beacon.

Most Popular


Angela Rye Knows You’re Racist

The political philosopher Michael Oakeshott said that the “rationalist” is hopelessly lost in ideology, captivated by the world of self-contained coherence he has woven from strands of human experience. He concocts a narrative about narratives, a story about stories, and adheres to the “large outline which ... Read More

What the Viral Border-Patrol Video Leaves Out

In an attempt to justify Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s absurd comparison of American detention facilities to Holocaust-era concentration camps, many figures within the media have shared a viral video clip of a legal hearing in which a Department of Justice attorney debates a panel of judges as to what constitutes ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Pro-Abortion Nonsense from John Irving

The novelist has put up a lot of easy targets in his New York Times op-ed. I am going to take aim at six of his points, starting with his strongest one. First: Irving asserts that abortion was legal in our country from Puritan times until the 1840s, at least before “quickening.” That’s an overstatement. ... Read More
Film & TV

Murder Mystery: An Old Comedy Genre Gets Polished Up

I  like Adam Sandler, and yet you may share the sense of trepidation I get when I see that another of his movies is out. He made some very funny manboy comedies (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy) followed by some not-so-funny manboy comedies, and when he went dark, in Reign over Me and Funny People, ... Read More