Another look at the extravaganza of opportunity in KY-6 2014

Let’s do this again, by category. If we’ve left anybody out, or think we got something wrong, let us know.

(Oh, and feel free to vote here on the B&P Facebook page poll for your favorite candidate(s), as well.)

Would be awesome, but not going to happen

Crit Luallen- She’s going to be governor, and doesn’t want to live in the swampland. If she’s not going to run against Mitch, she certainly isn’t going to run for this busch league office.

Would beat Barr, but probably won’t happen

Alison Lundergan Grimes- Grimes is currently choosing between KY-6, 2014 Senate, secretary of state re-election, governor, attorney general, and 2016 Senate. Best bets are her taking on Mitch or AG, though you can feel free to hold out your hopes.

Jim Gray- Mr. Mayor likes his job, and Lexington likes him (we hear his numbers are staggering). We can’t rule out KY-6 totally, but it’s a very safe bet that he’ll be running for his job again in two years.

Adam Edelen- Adam also thinks he’s going to be governor. Get in line.

Can beat Barr, and should run, dammit

Kathy Stein- We’ve often wonder and daydream how a real liberal Democrat would campaign and perform in this district, and what it would be like to have someone fighting for us Yarmuth-style in Washington. And then there’s Kathy Stein, who is just… well, she’s the best. A Stein campaign would show us, at long last, just how “conservative” this district really was, with a take-no-shit tornado of sass whipping up the Democratic base in Lexington and beyond. If she lost? Well, at least we’d know what was possible, right? We still think the potential reward is worth the risk. Would she actually run? It’s currently unclear, but if you want to see this happen, be sure to let her know. Run Kathy, run.

Might run, and might win

David O’Neill- The Fayette County PVA is used to crushing hapless suckers here in Lexington, but might want to take his show on the road. He’s one of those rare folks that appears to be equally tight with the Lundergan and Beshear clans. He’d be like a really, really grumpy version of Jared Polis.

Colmon Elridge- A young talented guy that has honed his craft fighting conservative idiots on Fox News, so he’d be ready for Barr. He’d also have the full backing of Gov. Beshear, who he’s worked for since he was 5-years old or something. He lives in Lexington and would do great here, but he’s also a native of Harrison County. He’s black and he’s proud, so he’d test our non-Obama racial harmony outside Fayette and Franklin. He’s also fairly liberal, despite all the Jesus talk.

Won’t run, but would be fun

Ashley Judd- If you really believe that she’s serious about running for office in Kentucky, it would be against Mitch, not small-time Andy. That’s despite the fact that she’d have a much easier time in this race, and less Louisville Cardinal fans to deal with.

Matt Jones- Seriously, he’d be legit, with his huge fan base and world-class Transylvania political education. But why in the hell would you want to spend basketball season in DC when you already have the best job in the world? Not going to happen.

Might run, but can’t win

Teresa Isaac- The twice handily defeated former Lexington mayor told the Herald Leader that she’s “looking” at the race. Lord knows why.

Legislators that should take a look, and would be great

Kelly Flood- We kind of doubt that Flood is interested in taking this leap, but the 6th could do a hell of a lot worse than her. Should consider running if the field looks open, or is full of coal.

Sannie Overly- Another new talent that is making her way up the ranks in Frankfort. She’s more liberal than her district outside of Lexington, and she’s damned smart. No idea if she’s interested, though.

More legislators that might be interested

RJ Palmer- The state senator from Winchester is fairly conservative, but would be able to raise money and give Barr a decent race. I assume he’s getting bored doing nothing in the minority of the state Senate.

Ricky Henderson- He would have no chance, but we hear that he’s fond of snake-handling, so perhaps he’s crazy enough to run.

Shouldn’t run, though it would be fun to watch them lose

Jim Newberry- The last time ole Newb ran for KY-6 in 1998, he gay-baited Ernesto and bragged that gays should be put in prison for sodomy. For some reason, Lexington allowed him to be mayor, though they redeemed themselves by voting him out in a landslide two years ago. We assume Newberry — a man consumed by bitterness and hatred of Jim Gray — will try for a rematch, though the thought of his ego pushing him into a futile run for KY-6 as a conservative Democrat brings a smile to our face.

Doug Martin- The angry clown and Southside Screamer likes to think of himself as a very important person, so it’s not inconceivable that his ego could convince him to jump in. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that he’ll run and lose against fellow clown Stan Lee that year.

Dan Mongiardo- He lives in the district now, doesn’t he? We miss Lt. Dan.

Ben Chandler- Actually, Ben doesn’t belong in this category. There’s nothing even remotely entertaining about this man. Time to let somebody else take a chance.

8 comments for “Another look at the extravaganza of opportunity in KY-6 2014

  1. Tom Stickler
    November 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Kathy Stein could run for 6CD in 2014 without having to give up her 13th Senate seat, so what’s the downside?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

  2. Lexpat82
    November 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I like all of this very much. Agree with most of your categorization, but would be slightly less bullish about Colmon and David O’Neill, because of youth and/or lack of name recognition.

    I would be more bearish about Alison—I think she’d have a better shot against Andy than Mitch.

    RUN KATHY RUN!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  3. Dan Cooper
    November 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    There’s no risk in a Stein run. She’ll retain her State Senate seat because she will be in the middle of the term to which she was just elected if she loses, and if she wins, she wins.

    RUN KATHY RUN!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. Lexpat82
    November 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Just talked to a Chandler campaign worker, who was very pessimistic about a Democratic win in 2014.
    The worker thinks Edelen is very likely to run.
    And I would like to see B&P dig into the cross tabs of the 2012 & 2010 election. Post-Chandler possibilities aside in terms of candidates, the road to victory for the likes of Kathy Stein have to go through Menifee and Wolfe counties (etc.), and those folks reeeeeeealllly don’t like our Kenyan president.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Carl Bowman
      November 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      I disagree Lexpat82. I believe a Democrat with decent name recognition from a metropolitan area can overwhelm the rural, “conservative” vote in counties like Wolfe and Menifee. Those counties do not have any “excess” voters that can add to a GOP winning margin, unless everything in voters’ minds changes. The 2010 election showed that. A contemporary GOTV program that correctly identifies and pushes Dem voters to the polls will win.
      Chandler may have lost due to left-Dems staying home. Barr will be a reminder of why they vote.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Run Kathy Run, would be the idea for any open seat. Gov, US Senate, KY-6, whatever. The main concern for me is to lose her in the general assembly. is there someone ready to fill her seat if she were to run and get elected to another office?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. Miss87
    December 30, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Get real. David O’Neill? Who’s not even openly gay in Lexington and actively tries to hide it? Who has pissed off just everyone who’s volunteered/worked for him in any capacity?

    Ha, that’ll happen. We’ll see if he makes PVA again much further office.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

  7. Al Roll
    February 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Re: Sannie Overly. Apparently she is not smart enough to not listen to the NY Chamber of Commerce, and ignore the wishes of the people in NKY. We do not want a toll on the new Bridge over the Ohio on I-75.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *