Grayson met with enthusiastic supporters at J. Milton’s Steaks and Buffet restaurant, to ask for their continued support in the increasingly tight race. Grayson addressed key issues facing Kentucky and the nation in his speech: the state of the economy, Kentucky‘s problem with drug abuse, and the future of the coal industry.
Grayson promised the crowd that he will fight to protect the viability of the coal industry.
“I want to be on the energy committee. Senator Bunning is on there now, I think we need a Kentuckian on there,” he announced. “I’ve asked Senator McConnell if he’ll put me on there so I can be on the front lines fighting the EPA and fighting people like Ben Chandler who are trying to legislate this industry out of existence.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a school teacher, or you work at the bank, or you own your own equipment, coal is vital to us. And Trey’s going to be a friend to us in that,” Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said.
Applying conservative values to correct the economic recession is part of Grayson’s platform, as well.
“We’re going to focus on getting our fiscal house in order” he told the crowd. “We do need to spend less. We have to restrain federal spending, it’s out of control.”
Grayson says that his record is proof that he knows how to restrain spending while fighting to keep valuable programs intact.
“We’ve slashed spending 15 percent in our office, but we actually do a better job than we did when we first got started. We’ve improved a lot since then, made it easier to do business in Kentucky,” Grayson said. “This is a track record of accomplishment. This is a track record of common sense conservative reform, and that’s what we need in Washington.”
The Secretary of State also contended that he is the better candidate for working to resolve Kentucky’s drug problem.
“We had a debate on Monday night and it was pretty clear to me that Dr. Paul had no idea what UNITE even was,” Grayson asserted. “I’m not sure that he has any idea that we have a huge drug problem and that UNITE is one of the top lines of defense that we’ve even got.”
The Senate hopeful also vowed to work alongside other leaders within his own party, though he stopped short of declaring an intention to reach across party lines.
“You have to work with the folks in your own party,” said Grayson. “You know, I’m not running a campaign against Hal Rogers and what he’s done in this part of the state, or against Mitch McConnell. I want to stand with them and work with them, because they’re important allies for all of us to get what we need from Washington here in Kentucky.”
Grayson ended his remarks by wishing his fellow candidates well in Tuesday’s primary and asking supporters to get out his message.
“If you think we have a little too much Washington D.C. in Kentucky, and you want to put more Kentucky in Washington D.C., I ask for your vote on May 18th,” he concluded.
Brock threw his support for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race behind Grayson. Brock implored supporters not to take the race lightly, telling the crowd: “This race is very, very important. It’s more important than I can verbalize.”
Grayson told that crowd that he loves Kentucky and that his motivation for entering the race was to improve the state and nation. He questioned the intentions of his opponent Dr. Rand Paul, saying,
“I’m not going [to Washington] because I want to run for President and fulfill my dad’s legacy of a failed presidential campaign.”