Grandmothers Secret Weapons in 2011 Campaign

She burst onto the political scene, receiving more votes than 'any' other Democrat running in the November general election.

Voters chose Alison Lundergan Grimes as Kentucky's 76th Secretary of State and she had a little help from her grandmothers!

A week after winning her first election WKYT's Amber Philpott sits down with Grimes to talk about those feisty little ladies and why she is committed to getting Kentuckians moving in the right direction through jobs.

On November eighth Kentucky was introduced to what some call an up and coming political star.

While the campaigning may be over, Alison Lundergan Grimes still doesn't pass up a chance to talk with those she will serve.

"From the day we started this campaign we have been on a very rigorous schedule and that was very important to us to make sure we traveled this state, no area was left out, every area mattered," said Secretary of State elect Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Something else that mattered to Grimes was connecting with voters and staying out of the negative warfare that often times comes with a run for office.

"One thing that I really heard from all Kentuckians regardless of their political affiliation was that they were tired of the sound bites, they were tired of the scare tactics and they wanted leaders who had sound solutions."

So she turned to what she now calls her secret weapons, 81 year old Elsie Crawford Case and 91 year old Thelma Lundergan McHugh.

The two starred, front and center in what has become one of the most endearing campaign ads of the season.

Grimes admits her grandmothers, may be more popular than she is.

The two women who were with her on the campaign trail and there front and center when she won are more than just proud grandmothers, Grimes says they are the reason she ran for office.

Both were by her side the day she filed her paperwork to be a candidate.

"They are two women that saw the right for women to vote being ushered in, they are two women who taught me along with my parents the value of public service."

As the youngest and the only woman on the Democratic ballot in the election, Grimes saw how she could inspire others, even the youngest of future voters.

"Two young girls wanted to make sure that there remained a woman in Frankfort so much so they held a lemonade stand, yes to raise funds to help and make sure we would come across the finish line successful."

Now her focus turns to making good on the promises she made to voters, keeping the ballot box open, and making it easier for businesses to set up shop and bring with them good jobs..

"We did business round tables throughout the entire state, trying to discover what is going right in these counties and what we need to do to translate that across the Commonwealth so that we reduce our unemployment rate and we really put Kentuckians back to work. Many people don't know that Kentucky's unemployment is higher than the national average."

And when it comes to what Grimes calls her fierce and feisty grandmothers she tells us that Thelma and Elsie actually changed the copy, taking liberty to make the commercial better in their opinion.

Grimes will be sworn in January 2nd.


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