Sorting out the Alison Grimes situation


The past ten days have been tough for Alison Grimes. First the executive director of the State Board of Elections accuses her of multiple ethical and leadership lapses; then the state board affirms her in a resolution, even while the exec director says he stands by his statement. Then on Friday, her father and a fellow Dem consultant are indicted on federal campaign finance violations.

The issues are serious, and could be fatal to her political career. But there are also reasons to suspect there are political motivations behind the attacks.

I've got some thoughts about all of this that I'd like to share.

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Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.