Kentucky Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who's running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, called Thursday for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
"We owe a solemn obligation to our veterans, and our government defaulted on that contract," Grimes said in a statement. "I don't see how that breach of trust with our veterans can be repaired if the current leadership stays in place."
Two Georgia Democrats - Reps. John Barrow and David Scott - became the first in the president's party to call for Shinseki's resignation on Wednesday. Several dozen Republicans have also urged his ouster.
Grimes has been working to create some distance between herself and the president, who is deeply unpopular in her state of Kentucky.
"President Obama is not on Kentucky's 2014 election ballot," Grimes said when she accepted her party's Senate nomination on Tuesday. "Nothing about this election will change who is in the White House, but we can change who is in Washington, D.C. and finally put someone for the Commonwealth of Kentucky."
First published May 22 2014, 10:15 AM
Carrie Dann is a national political writer for NBCNews.com. She has worked for NBC and NBCNews.com since 2006. Dann writes about politics and Congress. Dann rejoined the web team after 18 months as a campaign reporter for NBC News, covering presidential and vice presidential candidates during the 2012 election. She also covered the 2007-2008 presidential campaign for NBC, including extensive reporting on the Iowa caucuses.
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