White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today acknowledged that he voted for his boss, President Barack Obama, suggesting that he did so not only in 2012 but in 2008 as well.
“I’m a longtime supporter,” Earnest admitted during today’s White House briefing.
Earnest seemed to be having some fun at expense of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, the Democratic candidate for Senate who refuses to say whether or not she voted for Obama.
Earnest, who seemed to be saying, “Look how easy it is, Alison” with his remark, perhaps betrayed a bit of White House frustration with Grimes, who is clearly the worst offender among Democratic candidates who refuse to stand with the president who has led them for nearly six years.
Josh’s admission drew chuckles from the White House press corps.
Grimes Monday night insisted during a debate with her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, that her refusal to tell is “a matter of principle” based on “the Constitutional right to privacy at the ballot box” which she must uphold because she as secretary of state oversees the voting process.
“If I as chief election official don’t stand up for the right, who in Kentucky will?” she asked.
This led to some gentle mocking by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, who asked Earnest, “Do you believe you have violated the sanctity of the ballot box by telling us who you voted for?”
Meanwhile, Roll Call reported this afternoon that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had pulled its ads off the air in Kentucky.
It’s not clear to me if this is because they don’t think she can win – she’s down only by a few points to McConnell – or if it is actually in retaliation for her disloyalty to the president, who has raised large sums for the DSCC.
I hope it’s in retaliation because, certainly, she deserves as a matter of principle to be denied access to money he has raised.