So who is our Democratic upgrade to run against Andy Barr in 2014?

Now that sometimes-Democrat Ben Chandler will no longer be in Washington to ignore and frustrate us damned dirty liberals in Lexington while he votes against Obama and most of what we believe in, we now have an invigorating choice to make:

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Which Democrat will step up and crush Andy Barr — who will spend the next two years voting for an unpopular and extreme Tea Party agenda, to no legislative fruition thanks to Obama and the Democratic Senate — in 2014?

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Kathy Stein?

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Alison Lundergan Grimes?

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Ashley Judd?

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David O’Neill?

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Colmon Elridge?

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Sannie Overly?

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Matt Jones?

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Let us know in the comments, including your thoughts on various strengths and weaknesses. Things are looking up, I swear.

33 comments for “So who is our Democratic upgrade to run against Andy Barr in 2014?

  1. Shawn R.
    November 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I like David or Colmon for congress and I want Alison for Senate.

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  2. LF
    November 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I would love to see Kathy Stein!

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  3. dilettante
    November 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    It’s a shame we can’t draft Ernesto again.

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  4. mb78
    November 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Whoever we nominate, can we please make sure that anyone who helped run Chandler’s campaign is kept far, far away?

    Seriously, I think “Barr used a fake ID when he was 19! OMG!” would have been the worst campaign strategy I’ve ever heard of, if not for the time that the national Dems ran gun control ads for Scotty Baesler.

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  5. Terri
    November 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Most of those sound very promising, with the exception of Ashley Judd.

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    • November 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I think Kentucky could use a kick ass intelligent feminist.

  6. Tina
    November 8, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Alison is probably our best bet for Senate. Yes, she inexperienced, but she’s enough of a change from McConnell to get people excited. Wish Yarmuth had a chance there, but he’s too liberal for statewide office.

    Kathy Stein would be great for Congress.

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  7. Ricky Ravioli
    November 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    O’Neill, Elridge and Overly? You’re going to run 19th century English poets? Or is that a law firm? As for your beloved Crit, she won’t work that hard and she sure won’t dial for dollars herself. Crit’s a good administrator/executive type, but not a great retail politician. Jump in Ashley! And make sure you wear that tight Wildcat tee shirt when you jump.

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    • Ricky Ravioli
      November 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

      PS And if you think Crit would go through all that and win, only to go to Washington and be told what to do by Republicans for at least four years..well, you’re smoking the finest the Daniel Boone Forest has to offer.

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    • Don Pratt
      November 9, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Love this comment!

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      • Don Pratt
        November 9, 2012 at 6:48 am

        But Ashley for Senate to run Mitch and Allison Grimes for Congress. Help send Mitch to live nearer his off shore accounts with his 2% buddies, or does Mitch have any money 8>)?

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  8. Strangeite
    November 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

    LOL, Matt Jones.

    I know that was supposed to be a joke, but my god, that might be the most inspired choice of all. I just looked it up and he is a registered Democrat.

    Of course we would have to get him to move back to the 6th, but hot damn, he would win.

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    • schankula
      November 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

      not a joke. dude’s gonna be governor.

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      • Ricky Ravioli
        November 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        I just chased Matt’s dog out of my yard,Strangeite, and damned if that sumbitch wasn’t blue.

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  9. Strangeite
    November 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Of fortunately, most of the serious “up and coming” Democrats are going to use 2014 to run against McConnell. They know they are going to lose, but can run a sickingly sweet, feel good campaign against him in order to build a team, develop donors and build statewide name recognition.

    Lose in November 2014, win in May 2015 for the gubernatorial primary.

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  10. Don Pratt
    November 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

    If anyone has Crit Luallen’s ear and knew her thoughts/ideas, I’d love to hear them here!
    I know she did not want to run against Chandler as he was her friend.
    Wish he would have listened to his friends or some of us with backbone or John Yarmuth, or was it his intent to ignore?
    I am afraid ignoring anyone but special interest lobbyists and their big money was his style, despite losing the evil, BIG COAL. We know why he hid from hint of environmentalist thoughts.
    Crit would be a great, and the BEST, candidate for governor
    Maybe Aliison Lundergren Grimes would be a GREAT representative, if she proves she has an identity that doesn’t have the reputation of her middle name. She is also one of the best campaigners in recent history!
    Allison needs to look to JOHN YARMUTH as her role model, follow his lead and run for Congress.
    We need to have a NON corrupt mass of people take over and LEAD the Democratic party.
    And i hope we DRAFT ASHLEY JUDD to establish Kentucky residence (remember John Y Brown, Jr. and Ashley to helps us DITCH MITCH!
    Ashley is outside the image and control, I think, of the CORRUPT and gutless Democratic Party.
    One of the only state political figures to stand with Ashley in opposition to mountaintop removal in Kentucky was Kathy Stein.
    I don’t think she, and her conservative “liberal establishment” backers, have a chance outside Fayette and Franklin County. Mayor Jim Gray is part of that and his albatross is the massively destructive, wasteful and expensive PORK spending around Rupp and the Civic Center. (I hope they stop the $5 million dollar spending to “study(ies)” with already allocated state and city funds. It’s actually pork for friends and supporters.
    A DRAFT ASHLEY JUDD to beat McConnell is the most exciting news and good political idea since the more meaningful calls of our civil rights era.

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  11. November 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

    2014 is going to be a pretty tough time to go far left in KY-6. Might as well bring back Jonathan “Skippy” Miller.

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    • kefauver
      November 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Agreed. If Chandler cannot win in this district, I seriously doubt someone to his left stands a chance.

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  12. Lisa Tanner
    November 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Most of these are great options! I know I would move down to Lexington to help whoever it is get this done. We need to start soon. It is going to take a lot of work and someone who can raise a lot of money.

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    • November 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      If Dems can bring back Lisa Tanner to run field, they’re pretty much guaranteed to beat Barr.

  13. Holler Boy
    November 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

    It’s gonna be Ms Grimes that puts Mitch in the Ditch. Her Daddy can bring Bill Clinton to KY to campaign against Mitch, and nobody rouses a crowd in KY like the Clinton’s. Why not 21 female Senators? HB. PS Larry Webster, former candidate for LT. Gov on the Republican ticket years ago, said today in the H-L that Candy Bar will go live somewhere else next go-around, or near-enough said that, even though Chandler’s Handler’s gave away a race his Grandpa would’ve carried by a landslide. HB.

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  14. Lexpat82
    November 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The H-L said that Fayette Co. made up 42% of the vote in 2010. Anybody know what it was in this election? And also what the relative percentage of Fayette Co. voters in the 6th district is?

    Would be interested to see if the reigning theory around here is true (that Chandler depressed liberal-ish voters in Lexington and Franklin counties, and if they had come out in larger numbers, he could have won). About 11% of residents of Fayette County are black. Do we know what percentage of the electorate in Fayette County in 2012 were black?

    Knowing the answer to questions like that, and really sifting through the numbers of the electorate in 2012, should go some distance towards crafting a winning strategy for Barr’s replacement in 2014.

    As for the others:

    Jonathan Miller is recovering. Doubtful he would relapse, but stranger things have happened.

    Jim Gray would seem uninterested in doing anything except being a great mayor for a second term (and I’m not sure his skill set would be suited to Congress).

    Scorsone ain’t gonna do it, sadly.

    I guess since Teresa phoned up the H-L, we have to put her on this list. Booted out as mayor and lost a second time in the primary…I doubt she would find much enthusiasm out there.

    I like Alison, for either House or Senate.

    I also like Colmon and he’s certainly ambitious enough to run and plugged in enough to the KDP establishment to get some organization and money, but…just being blunt…can a black guy win outside of Fayette and Franklin counties? Or to put it another way — could he win Fayette and Franklin by big enough margins that he wouldn’t need to win in the outlying counties?

    Ashley Judd – would certainly have a good shot at the House. But having a celebrity candidate who moves back to the state to run comes with a lot of baggage. Upside: liberal feminist values, near universal name recognition, and gobs of cash from her friends. I think she has a much better chance against Andy Barr than Mitch.

    Let’s not forget that Andy Barr still might be primaried, and depending on how much Tea the Republicans are still drinking in two years, he could lose there too. What about KC or Scott Crosbie? I’d also like to see a list of potential Republican primary candidates…

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  15. Lexpat82
    November 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Let me just say that while I played the role of the “vote for Chandler, he’s better than Barr” guy in the previous comments section, I’m relieved that Chandler lost and cleared the field, although it is still very possible that Ben will run again for the seat in 2014. If that happens, then all of the candidates mentioned above should NOT clear the field. 2014 should be the year that Democrats run a Democrat for that seat.

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  16. Lexpat82
    November 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Also Kelly Flood?

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    • November 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I think Stein > Flood, but her name should definitely be out there.

  17. Carl Bowman
    November 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve looked at some of the numbers in the latest election, and Chandler should have been re-elected with a half-decent registration and GOTV campaign along the lines of the 2012 Obama campaign, i.e.- drill down the data and find the people who will get you to 50 +1. I would imagine Chandler’s relied far too much on TV and radio, and ignored the ground game. At least, that’s what the numbers look like. Democrats far outnumber the GOP in the 6th, even considering the number of DINOs in KY in general. Any decent candidate with name recognition in a major population center will take Barr to lunch.

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  18. Lexpat82
    November 13, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Steve Kay ?

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    • Tony Toni Tone
      November 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

      No way. Took him a decade to win a city council race.

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  21. February 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I would back Stein and Judd. I am disappointed in Grimes for not supporting our efforts to stop the Bluegrass Pipeline from abusing eminent domain. They are a private company, non-utility that is not in public service. I contacted her, and she never responded.

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