The Republican Party of Kentucky on Monday called for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to return donations from two men accused of sexual misconduct, including famed director Woody Allen.
Louisville radio station WFPL reported that the Grimes campaign received a $500 campaign contribution from Allen and a $250 contribution from John Arnold, a former Democratic state representative who resigned last year over allegations he sexually harassed three statehouse employees.
“We are asking for Alison Lundergan Grimes to return that donation. If she really cares about standing up for Kentucky women she should do that,” Kentucky GOP spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said, as quoted by WFPL. “And if she doesn’t we can only assume either she 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 said the donation from Allen, who recently denied his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations that he sexually abused her when she was 7 years old, is “just another instance of someone accused of mistreating women publicly supporting her campaign,” as quoted by WFPL.
The Kentucky Democratic Party shot back on Tuesday with a call for McConnell to return a $2500 donation from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) over his pardoning of sex offenders and killers.
The Grimes campaign has so far drawn much attention to her rival Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) record on women’s issues. A recent poll found Grimes with a small 4-point lead over McConnell.
This post has been updated.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.