“It’s not his job to go up there and hunt for jobs in Kentucky,” the McCracken County GOP vice chairwoman and McConnell fan told The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe.
Grana evidently figured she was showing solidarity with the senator who in April told Edmund Shelby, editor and general manager of The Beattyville Enterprise newspaper, that it “is not my job” to bring jobs to Lee County, of which Beattyville is the seat. The unemployment rate was 12.8 percent.
Alison Lundergan Grimes says it is everybody’s job to boost Bluegrass State employment. She’s the Democrat who wants McConnell’s job.
Grimes has pounded McConnell hard on his comment about creating jobs, calling it “reprehensible.”
Shelby had asked McConnell what he would do to bring jobs to Lee County. “That is not my job,” Shelby quoted the senator. “It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet.”
The captain of Team Mitch swears the scribe quoted him out of context. Shelby is sticking by his story, word-for-word. “We were both speaking English,” he said.
She went on to praise her candidate as a “seasoned veteran, he understands the workings of the Senate and Washington in general, and knows how to get things done.”
Jaffe asked for examples. The best Grana could do was, “He’s done a lot for the state of Kentucky, but I mean I can’t just rattle you off anything that you want to know right now.”
Grana really wanted to help her candidate — ditto for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his guy 54 Augusts ago.
Richard Nixon, Ike’s vice president, was running for president against Democrat John F. Kennedy. “I just wondered if you could give us an example of a major idea of his [Nixon’s] that you had adopted” as president, Charles H. Mohr of Time magazine queried Eisenhower at a press conference on Aug. 24, 1960.
“If you give me a week, I might think of one,” Ike famously replied. “I don’t remember.”
The Kennedy for president campaign made hay off Eisenhower’s damn-them-with-faint praise sounding comment.
Grana might have handed Team Switch more potential ammo on the jobs front: It’s not just the captain of Team Mitch who doesn’t get it on job creation. It’s the players, too. And when pinned down by a reporter, they – or at least Grana – are, Ike-like, short on specifics about how great their guy is.
McCracken — Paducah is its seat — is the most populous county in deeply conservative deep western Kentucky, heretofore McConnell country. But local Democrats say Grimes is faring well here. Polls show a close race statewide.