Star of 2011 political ad dies

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Thelma Lundergan McHugh, the elderly co-star of a comical political ad credited with helping to propel her granddaughter into the secretary of state's office last year, has died.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said McHugh died Thursday at her home in Jessamine County. She was 92.

McHugh worked for the Mason County sheriff's department for more than two decades before her retirement. Grimes said McHugh taught her the importance of community service.

McHugh burst onto the scene in Kentucky last year with her appearance in a rib-tickling TV ad promoting Grimes for secretary of state. She starred alongside Grimes' maternal grandmother, Elsie Case, in the spot where they claimed to be writing Grimes' TV ads.

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