A pair of Kentucky businesses linked to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes failed to file their annual reports required by her office.
Earlier this week, Grimes's office announced over 156,000 companies complied with the July 1 deadline, but about 41,000—including two run by her father—had not.
Grimes organized both businesses and has an ownership interest in one of them, but her father, former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, took the blame Tuesday for missing the filing deadline.
Lundergan is listed as the sole officer for both businesses — Glenncase and GCL Properties — in filings with the secretary of state's office. Glenncase, in which Grimes has an ownership interest, involves 11-plus acres on New Circle Road. GCL Properties owns the Carriage House on Limestone Street.
Grimes, a Democrat, is seeking to run against Republican Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate next year and the GOP is pouncing on this latest story.
Republican Party of Kentucky spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper says Grimes cannot comply with her office's own laws, adding voters should think twice about sending her to Washington.
"Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to show Kentuckians that she is clearly not ready for primetime," says Cooper. "As if last week's disastrous campaign roll out and her subsequent disappearing act weren't enough reason to call into question her readiness for this race, it has now been reported that two businesses with which she is involved can't even follow the rules set forth by her own secretary of state office."
The Grimes campaign told the Herald-Leader she is not responsible for the filings of the two businesses calling the story an attempt to mislead voters.