NRSC Spokesman Stands By ‘Empty Dress’ Jab At Grimes


The Republican spokesman who called Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) an “empty dress” who “babbles incoherently” appeared unapologetic on Wednesday, arguing that Democrats who expressed outrage at the remark were reinforcing a “long term narrative” about the woman who’s trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Brad Dayspring, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, used his Twitter account to contend that Democrats were wasting their time on the matter:

Dayspring made the comment about Grimes in an email published Wednesday by The Hill. Democrats attempted to tie McConnell to the remark, but the GOP leader has yet to address the controversy.


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