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Grimes' low profile gives McConnell ammunition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Alison Lundergan Grimes has kept a low public profile since she announced that she wants Mitch McConnell's U.S. Senate seat, and McConnell is using that to his advantage.

Grimes has held no public campaign events in Kentucky. But she did speak at a private fundraiser at Martha's Vineyard over the weekend.

Reports indicate she was well received, but her low public profile is giving McConnell ammunition.

"Kentucky is tired of a senior senator that has lost touch," said Grimes as she announced her U.S. Senate bid on July 1. That has been her only public campaign event, and now McConnell is charging that she is the one out of touch.

"Well she announced and went into hiding," McConnell said. "What we do know for sure about my opponent is that she thinks Harry Reid from Nevada would be a better leader of the Senate than a Kentuckian."

And Grimes' under-the-radar campaign has prompted the National Republican Senatorial Committee to take a jab in a new video.

"We're still looking for Alison Grimes, sir. Nothing in Louisville. No word in Bowling Green. Nothing from Lexington either. Wait. I'm getting word of a sighting. Fundraising in Martha's Vineyard. Is that Kentucky," the video begins.

The Grimes campaign says she has been busy doing her job as Secretary of State and carefully assembling her campaign team.

They accuse McConnell of trying to distract from his record.

"He continues to drive this silly fodder hoping that people won't then pay attention to him," said campaign spokesman Jonathan Hurst. "But it's not fooling anybody, and people see it for what it is: absolute silliness."

Political Scientist Dewey Clayton says for Grimes, right now, raising money is as important as raising her profile.

"At this point, it is more important for her to be laying the foundation and then to move at that point. I think that's probably the way she's being advised to go at this point," said Clayton.

And, as Grimes supporters point out, the election is still 16 months away.

"Everybody in this country's going to know that we've got a good candidate running against Mitch McConnell, and there's a whole lot of people around this country that are going to want to help us do just that," said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Campaign officials say Grimes will announce this week the date for her official campaign rollout.

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