Grimes’s parents visited White House while Dems recruited her for Senate

Grimes’s parents visited White House while Dems recruited her for Senate
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The parents of Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes visited the White House in December of 2012, when Democratic leaders were furiously recruiting her to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Colin Powell on Afghanistan: 'We've done all we can do' MORE (Ky).


Grimes’s ties to President Obama have become a central point of the campaign, as McConnell has tried repeatedly to portray her as closely aligned with the president.

Grimes, meanwhile, has made a determined effort to keep her distance from Obama, who has a 64 percent disapproval rating in Kentucky. 

White House visitors’ logs show her parents, Jerry and Charlotte, visited Obama’s residence on Dec. 12, 2012.

Jerry Lundergan, in an interview with The Hill, said he and his wife visited the White House solely to look at the Christmas decorations and had no interaction with Obama.

“We had a White House tour. I didn’t meet with the president,” he said. “Me and my wife were at the White House to have a tour of the Christmas decorations like anybody else would. I had no meeting with the president.

“My wife wanted to see the Christmas decorations,” he added. “There were thousands of people there. It was moving room only. It wasn’t a special tour.

“The only president of the United States I’ve met there is one called William Jefferson Clinton.”

The visit came shortly after Grimes told a local TV station that national Democrats had encouraged her to run for Senate when they visited Danville, Ky., for the vice presidential debate on Oct. 11, 2012.

Grimes formally announced her challenge against McConnell in July 2013.

Grimes calls herself a “Clinton Democrat,” and Bill Clinton visited Kentucky last month to campaign for her. Obama has stayed away from the state, which he lost by 23 points in 2012.

The White House visitor log shows Jerry Lundergan visited the vice president’s residence in December of 2013 for another holiday reception.

He has been a staunch supporter of his daughter’s campaign, throwing a fancy rollout party for her campaign launch a year ago.

Last month, the Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging his company, Signature Special Event Services, leased a bus to his daughter’s campaign at a below-market rate.