Stumbo Compares Ousting McConnell To Liberating Nazi Germany

Reported by: Aaron Adelson

Contributor: Lance Vaught
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Updated: 1/17 6:13 pm

Kentucky's Speaker of the House, Greg Stumbo, is under fire for comments he made at a campaign event for Alison Lundergan-Grimes. 

Stumbo spoke in front of more than 600 people. 

"You know we've got lot of people who came here tonight to celebrate, and I happened to speak to the crowd when we kicked off this campaign back in July in Lexington. And it reminded me of the feeling that our troops must have had when they liberated the European nations following World War Two. Can you imagine what it felt like to know that you were liberating a country? Well you are about to liberate your state, you are about to liberate your state, from the worst reign of misabuse that we’ve seen in the last thirty years. You are about to give us hope," said Stumbo. 

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager  called the comments disgusting.  Jesse Benton says Stumbo should be ashamed of himself. 

Stumbo never used the words Hitler, Nazi, or even Germany, but a local Rabbi believes Stumbo could have used a better choice of words.

"Making reference to World War Two certainly gives the allusion of a world where oppressino was not just political, but social-economic life-taking.  We can accuse our congress of a lot of things.  I don't think that's a fair statement," said Rabbi Marc Kline, Temple Adath Israel. 

We wanted to hear from Stumbo, and went to Frankfort.  His Communications Director told us Stumbo left the office before noon, because of an illness.  We got this statement:

"I didn't call McConnell any names, but I also never called him a U.S. Senator.  He doesn't deserve that title after doing nothing for Eastern Kentucky for 30 years," said Stumbo. 

McConnell's Campaign Manager called for an apology.  Stumbo is not apologizing. 

"It's not for me to decide whether Mr. Stumbo should apologize, or if Mr. McConnell is due an apology.  I think that moving forward we ought to make sure that we're responsible in how we address the real world situation," said Rabbi Kline.

McConnell's campaign asked Grimes to denounce the comments. 

We left three messages for her, and as of publishing had not heard back. 
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