In a scolding blog post, former Miss America Heather French Henry calls out the Republican Party of Kentucky for calling her the latest “bottom-of-the-barrel pick” for the U.S. Senate race.
Henry is the latest rumored opponent for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and she recently confirmed that Democrats have approached her about running.
Others include environmental activist Tom FitzGerald, music promoter Bennie J. Smith and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The news of Henry’s possible candidacy has been mocked by national and state GOP leaders for the most part, but a comment from RPK spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper has upset Henry personally.
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
“Heather French Henry is just the latest bottom-of-the-barrel pick for Kentucky Democrats in their desperate search for a 2014 Senate race savior to replace their noncommittal star, Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the state GOP, said via email. “The fact that Democrats are encouraging someone with such egregious political baggage and no applicable qualifications to run in one of the most important Senate races in the country is a true indicator of their abysmal recruitment efforts.”
On Henry’s website, she says a decision will be made soon but bemoans the rhetoric being used against her for simply considering a run for Senate. She also compares politicians to her young children.
“This is why the nature of politics has to change…it should not be about the ‘party’ but about the people. As a parent I would never condone the type of behavior that goes on in the electoral process…Does it happen from time to time with my children? Yes…but they get a time-out. Maybe that’s what our politicians need… a real time-out.”
Owensboro businessman Ed Marksberry has filed to run, but has received little party support.
The RPK has not responded to our request for comment.
“This is the big leagues. If a potential candidate is uncomfortable with public criticism then a U.S. Senate race probably isn’t the right fit,” says RPK spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper.