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Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Office Withholds Complaints Made Against Her

NTK Network filed an open records request to see if Grimes received complaints for an off-color joke she made about Sen. Rand Paul. Her office denied the request.

By NTK Staff | 08.21.2018 @12:00pm
Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Office Withholds Complaints Made Against Her

The office of Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in 2014, denied an open records request from NTK Network, to obtain complaints her office received after she made an off-color joke about the state’s junior senator, Rand Paul (R-KY).

“Many folks say that Rand Paul can’t be beat, they’re worried he might be too well-liked,” Grimes said at a Kentucky Democrats event earlier this month. “I don’t buy that. Just ask his neighbor, he can be beaten.”

Grimes’ joke is a reference to an incident that occurred in 2017, in which Paul’s neighbor of 17 years, a retired anesthesiologist named Rene Boucher, attacked Paul, breaking six of his ribs.

Grimes serves as Kentucky’s secretary of state. As such, her emails are subject to open records laws established in the state. But when NTK Network filed a request asking for copies of all comments submitted to Grimes’ office via the “Contact Us” page on the secretary of state’s website pertaining to her off-color joke, the request was denied.

The comments that NTK Network sought are “exempt from KY Open Records Act,” according to an error-laden letter sent by Grimes’ office. Signed by Assistant Secretary of State Erica Galyon, the letter, which includes the incorrect year in the date, and the misspelling of both the word “network” and the name of the person its addressed to, stated that “preliminary correspondence with private individuals” is exempt from records requests.

While each state determines its own criteria for open records requests, it should be noted that complaints filed to the City of Lexington, Virginia and to the Virginia governor’s office were easily attainable following Sarah Sanders’ incident at the Red Hen restaurant earlier this summer.

Concealing these complaints from Kentuckians is a weak political move and an abuse of the open records law. NTK Network plans to file an appeal in short order.

See below for the letter sent by Grimes’ office:

Kentucky SOS Letter

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