More than 48 Hours after President Obama announced that he'd bypass Congress and implement a radical climate change plan that even some other Democrats have called a "War on Coal," a "War on Jobs," and a "War on America," Alison Lundergan Grimes remains utterly silent.
This extreme agenda will destroy jobs in Kentucky, raise costs for middle class families, and drown small businesses with red tape and regulation. It empowers the bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency - who have little to no clue about the struggles folks in Kentucky face.
Over the past two days, Grimes' silence makes clear that Kentuckians simply can't count on her to stand up against her own party to protect them.
A look at Grimes' past reveals an Obama Loyalist who has always embraced his radical agenda. Even when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attacked the coal industry - which provides 93% of the electricity production in Kentucky (not to mention Kentucky coal mining employed 20% of the coal jobs in the entire U.S. in 2011), Grimes remained unfazed. Instead, she keeps working with Harry Reid to plot his next move.
Over the last five years President Obama and Washington Democrats like Harry Reid have made no secret about their "War on Coal." Alison Lundergan Grimes responded by working hard to elect President Obama and his radical agenda. Should she run for Senate, her vote would empower a leader who once declared "Coal makes us sick."
- BARACK OBAMA: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. … Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With The San Francisco Chronicle’s Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/17/08)
- HARRY REID: “We talk about cost competitiveness, but the one thing we fail to talk about is those costs that you don’t see on the bottom line. That is coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.” (Fox Business Network, 6/30/08)
- JOE BIDEN: “No coal plants here in America. “Build ‘em, if they’re gonna build ‘em, over there and make ‘em clean because they’re killing ya.” (Joe Biden, Campaign Event, Maumee, OH, 9/17/08)
Alison Lundergan Grimes' silence suggests that either she supports these extreme proposals that raise the cost of electricity to unaffordable or she's too afraid to stand up to the liberal left," said Brook Hougesen, NRSC Press Secretary. "Grimes worked hard to empower Democrats who've declared a 'War on Coal' that will destroy jobs in Kentucky, raise costs for middle class families, and drown small businesses with red tape and headaches. Senator Mitch McConnell is a tireless advocate for the Bluegrass State, a tremendously effective Senator, and unafraid to stand up to extreme forces in Washington who would harm Kentucky."