Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes needs to put to rest any doubts about the thank-you notes received last week by supporters around the state.
The letters, accompanied by certificates of Kentucky colonelcy, went out on state stationery, and stated up front that Grimes "very much appreciate(d) your help and support to become Kentucky's 76th Secretary of State."
As former secretary of state Trey Grayson told the Courier-Journal, and as seems obvious, "You don't use official resources to thank people for their support... that's an important line to draw."
Grimes spokeswoman Lynn Zellen said she was unsure if someone besides taxpayers paid for the mailings, but that "once we get the information compiled... you will see no politics was done on state time and those letters are not political."
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Well, maybe. But we expect that, if state funds were involved, Grimes' campaign will make reimbursement and be more careful in the future.