When he dropped out of the Kentucky Democratic Primary to run as an independent Ed Marksberry accused the campaign of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of trying to buy him off to drop out of the race. Appearing on Kentucky TV channel WHAS on Saturday, host Joe Arnold asked Marksberry about the charge. Marksberry doubled down: "Yeah, that happened, basically there were two offers, the last offer... to make a long story short, they said there was money there. They understood I had some debt in my campaign and there's money there to take care of that."
Back in January, when he became an independent, Markberry provided website PageOne with the details of the offer:
In the middle of building our case, I get a call from someone close to Jerry [Jerry Lundergan, Alison's father]. And no, I will never reveal their name to anyone. Editor’s note: their name isn’t important to the story, they’re a middleman party chair.
We met and I was told that Alison’s campaign would like to ask me to consider stepping out of the race.
They said that Jerry really liked me and that Jerry takes care of his friends. And if Alison wins, there could be a favor owed to me. Whatever that means, I don’t know, but I took it that if I ever needed some help in the future, I could call in my political equity with him.
Later on there was a face-to-face meeting where an offer was made:
We had a pleasant greeting I sat down in their office and asked so what did you want to talk about?
Their words; “They want to ask you to step out of the race and they understand you have some debts with your campaign and they can take care of it if you want, the money is there and they can make it happen if you want to.”
I leaned way back and looked at the ceiling, right then I knew what I had to do.
I said, “It’s not about the money, it’s the principle.”
They (the person) said, “You don’t know how much pressure we’ve been getting to get you (me) out of this race, a ton of pressure.”
Here we go again with either the KDP or Alison’s camp putting pressure and stress on others to get me out of the race.
Alison Lundergan Grimes is running as a political outsider unencumbered by the usual way of doing politics. If Mr. Marksberry's account is accurate, then Ms, Grimes' politics are not so different after all.