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  • Will a “Hugh Jass” Tank the Grimes Campaign for Good?

    Wow. Who knew CNN had it in them? Between Jake Tapper and Chris Frates, this hit piece on Alison Lundergan Grimes was absolutely devastating to the Kentucky woman’s already disastrous campaign to attempt an unseating of Mitch McConnell.

    Grimes has been all over the news for all of the wrong reasons lately, mostly stemming from her embarrassing refusals to answer questions on just about any topic, not the least of which being whether she voted for Obama or not. Spoiler Alert: she did.

    But this one just may be the nail in the coffin, Surgers. CNN’s brief look into Grimes’ family business — the cleverly named “Hugh Jass Burgers” — reveals a hypocrisy on the minimum wage and women’s issues that seems like it will be impossible to recover from. It’s not simply that the burger joint pays staffers a crappy rate — after all, they do receive tips — but rather, the fact that they earn only that bare minimum of $2.13 per hour while Alison runs around her state trying to pump voters up about a minimum wage hike. Incidentally, the minimum wage for non-tipped employees remains $7.25 an hour in Kentucky.

    But ask Grimes about the happenings at Hugh Jass and she’ll give you the same answer she gives about Obama. “My family is not in this race. I’m on the ballot.” Not surprisingly, she fails to mention the fact that she does legal work for her family’s restaurant, which happens to have some rather provocative names for the food choices on its menu. Those include “Charlotte’s Rack, sure to be voted biggest rack” (named after Alison’s mom) and “Abby’s Hugh Jass” (named after her sister). I guess those are celebrations of the Women’s Lib issues that make up the Lundergan Grimes campaign platform. Or something.

    One thing is for sure: with political hypocrisy like this, Alison Lundergan Grimes will make one great CRAPITALIST if she manages to pull out a win next month. But I wouldn’t pre-purchase any tickets to D.C. if I were her.


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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