Kentucky GOP to Dem candidate: Return Woody Allen money

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to return a $500 donation from director Woody Allen, who has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over the re-emergence of sexual abuse allegations against him.

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“If Alison Lundergan Grimes really cares about standing up for Kentucky women, she should return both former Representative John Arnold’s and Woody Allen’s donations to her campaign," said Kelsey Cooper, communications director for the Kentucky GOP.

Allen contributed $500 to Lundergan Grimes on Sept. 26, according to Federal Election Commission documents.

His adopted daughter published a piece in The New York Times last week outlining the details of his alleged sexual abuse against her when she was a child.

The allegations first surfaced in the early 90s, and Allen has maintained his innocence since, writing a response in the Times this weekend that again asserted his innocence.

Cooper also hit Lundergan Grimes for a donation from former state representative who has been accused of sexually harassing women in the workplace.

“If she doesn’t return the donations, we can only assume she either condones sexual harassment and disgustingly inappropriate behavior in the workplace, or she’s more concerned with her liberal allies’ campaign cash than the women of Kentucky,” Cooper added.

The Lundergan Grimes campaign declined comment.

Democrats say Lundergan Grimes will be competitive against McConnell in the general election, in part because they believe she’ll appeal to female voters where McConnell might fall short.

But Republicans have attempted to complicate that advantage by tying Lundergan Grimes to controversial figures in the state, like Arnold, and now, Allen.