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Alison Lundergan Grimes under fire from Mitch McConnell for donations from alleged sexual harasser

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is going after Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on women's issues.

At issue is Tuesday's controversial Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission vote. Louisville's WFPL News reported that the commission came one vote short of reprimanding former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold, who resigned last year over charges that he sexually harassed and assaulted three female staffers.

Grimes said she was disappointed with the commission's decision. But, per cn2's Pure Politics, she hasn't said if she will return the $250 donation that Arnold gave her campaign last year. There's also no word on whether she will return the $5,200 given to her Senate campaign by Elmer George, the commission member who cast the deciding vote in Arnold's favor.

McConnell’s Senate campaign made the following statement on the situation:

"Alison Lundergan Grimes not only solicited campaign contributions from the individual who sexually harassed women who work in her building, she solicited campaign contributions from the man appointed to make it all go away. When the victims of this egregious sexual harassment needed an advocate most, Alison Lundergan Grimes opted to protect the old boys' club backing her campaign and send her sterile condolences via press release."

Pure Politics reported that Grimes left a Fayette County Democratic event Tuesday night without taking reporters’ questions about the issue and that at the event, she "made women's issues and workplace fairness issues a major theme."

Her campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.

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