Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has begun putting together a high-profile team to help her oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, that could lend some professionalism to her campaign after a rocky start.
Grimes has brought on veteran Democratic pollster Mark Mellman of the Mellman Group to run her polling operation, a spokesman tells the Hotline. Mark Putnam of the Putnam Group, who produced Grimes’ popular 2011 television ad featuring both of her grandmothers, will handle media. And Andrew Kennedy of Kennedy Communications will serve as a senior adviser.
Longtime Kentucky consultant Jonathan Hurst will serve as a spokesman. Hurst has a long history with Grimes, having worked on her 2011 race for Secretary of State and with her father at the state Democratic Party. He was also the state director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. The Clintons reportedly urged Grimes to get into the Senate race and Hurst said they will "absolutely" be involved in the campaign.
Hurst said that additional consultant and staff announcements will be released when Grimes formally launches her campaign at the end of the month. A date for that event has not yet been set. "I think you're going to see a very professional campaign," he added.