When Alison Lundergan Grimes ran for Secretary of State in Kentucky in 2011, she had two secret weapons–Elsie and Thelma. Lundergan Grimes’ two grandmothers made an ad for her campaign that charmed the socks off of Kentucky once, and now is set to do so again–this time for her Senate run against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Democratic candidate kicked off her U.S. Senate campaign on Tuesday, a week after running an updated version of the ‘Elsie and Thelma’ ad. Sadly, Thelma is gone. She died a few months after making the ad, at age 92. But Elsie is still going strong, right by the side of her political granddaughter, now Kentucky’s Secretary of State.
Watch the updated version of their delightful ad, “The Campaign Begins”, here:
Clearly, it’s the grannies who pull us in by the heartstrings, but it’s Alison Lundergan Grimes (such a long name) who is the star. She delivers her message in no uncertain terms. After calling her grandmothers “two of the strongest women I’ve ever known”, she shows the grit she inherited from them by calling out McConnell on a litany of sins against the people he was supposed to represent. From Medicaid to the minimum wage to women’s rights to trade policy, Lundergan Grimes castigates his many votes against their interests, saying:
He’s wasted decades blocking legislation that would have helped Kentucky and our country, and over the last few years he’s done it for the worst possible reason. Out of spite.
It’s hard to see how the mean-spirited McConnell could have an adequate defense against this charm offensive, combined with the hammer of truth. I’m sure he’s already had enough of Elsie and Thelma, but he’s probably the only one. McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in the country and it would be delicious to see him felled by two grannies and their intrepid granddaughter.
To get another dose of these two feisty ladies, sit back and enjoy ‘The Making Of Elsie and Thelma’ here:
Edited and published by CB