Steve Beshear’s former Lt. Governor, Mr. Dan Mongiardo, came out hard today against the State House and Senate redistricting maps:
The redistricting plans recently passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor was an exercise in hyper-partisanship that disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of citizens and should be overturned. It is this type of unnecessarily divisive partisan politics that further weakens our political system’s ability to solve the difficult problems confronting our state and nation.”
Mongiardo is throwing his support behind an independent commission:
“After such a raw display of rank partisanship, it is time the people of Kentucky assign the responsibility for redistricting to an independent commission that puts the interest of the citizens of this Commonwealth before the self-serving interests of the politicians or either political party.”
He goes on to blast David Williams — calling him “petty and vindictive” — and one of Fayette County’s other Senators, Republican Alice Forgy Kerr:
“For Senator Alice Forgy Kerr to place her loyalty to David Williams above her loyalty to the people of Fayette County and vote to eliminate the only other state senator from Fayette County is shameful. The fact that she didn’t have the courage to publicly and openly cast her ‘yea’ vote at the time is even more shameful. Senator Kerr’s decision to eliminate the only state senator representing Lexington’s downtown core and the UK campus area is mystifying. Her constituents, those citizens living in Lexington’s suburbs, are inextricably linked to the success of Lexington’s downtown and the University of Kentucky.”
It’s gross outside. No one is voting. There are no irregularities. This election’s not that interesting. There’s two hours until the polls close.
So with nothing better to do, here again is the story of the 2007 Primary Election, where the Democratic Party machine was threatened by the upstart, grassroots gubernatorial candidacy of Harlan County scrap metal dealer Otis “The Bullman” Hensley.
You have enough time to watch this three times. Plus, it’s all sunny and warm. And you get to see Dan Mongiardo in his prime alongside the triumphant Steve Beshear.
The consensus is most definitely a 8ish point lead for Rand Paul with 5 days to go. Here are the numbers:
Rand Paul- 46.5% Jack Conway- 39%
Something’s got to change soon, or we’ll be looking at a double-digit win for Paul and 6 years of him embarrassing our state (God, I hope his staff doesn’t stomp on women in the Senate chambers who look at them funny… fingers crossed).
They also released poll junkie numbers looking at how Mongiardo and Grayson would be doing right now if they won the nomination. Not so surprisingly, Mongiardo was much closer to Paul than Conway (hasn’t been barraged with 6 months worth of negative ads). But shockingly, Trey Grayson was only a few points ahead of Jack Conway. Which seems to mean 1) there are a lot of hard feelings left over from the primary, and 2) if Grayson runs against Conway for Attorney General next year, it’ll be a hell of a fight for him. Grayson’s has a free pass over the last 6 months, but only squeaked out a slim margin over Conway… that doesn’t exactly bode well for a non-federal race.
I’ll post those numbers once cn|2 puts them up. (Now up here.)
You’ve done far more than anyone else to help Rand Paul over the last three months. Instead of giving us cringe-worthy crap like the video below, how about you just take that ridiculous eyebrow wax and go away, mkay?
“I am honored to receive Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo’s support. Daniel is a leader who has always had the courage to stand up for his convictions – from protecting coal miners and their families to improving health care and creating jobs in rural Kentucky. Daniel isn’t someone who simply talks the talk, he walks the walk. He ran a strong and passionate campaign – and helped all of us focus on what’s at stake in this election. Daniel has always stood up for the hardworking Kentucky families who are being hammered by this recession, and I look forward to working with him in coming months as we continue to champion their cause in this campaign and in the Senate.”
“Because Fancy Farm is the premiere political event in Kentucky and is a defining moment for every political candidate, I believe my fellow Democrats who will be on the ballot this fall deserve to have the stage to themselves. Therefore, I have notified organizers of Fancy Farm and the other related events that I will not be attending this year. However, I am looking forward to next year and also traveling to Western Kentucky in the coming weeks to visit with friends and supporters.
It was disappointing to lose such a close election. I was even more disappointed knowing that I let down so many people who were counting on me; the everyday, honest, hardworking Kentuckians who are too often ignored by the political insiders and party power brokers.
Some have speculated whether or not I would support our Party’s United States Senate nominee Jack Conway. Let me be clear. While I am an independent Kentucky Democrat who, like many Kentuckians, don’t always agree with the policies advocated by the politicians in Washington, I strongly believe in our Party’s core Democratic principles. My goal has always been to help make the Commonwealth of Kentucky a better place to call home.
I will always be a champion for the working poor and middle class families who are being hammered by this economy and the unemployed who are desperately searching for a job that pays a living wage. I will continue to be an advocate for our seniors on fixed incomes and Kentucky’s farm families and small businesses who struggle to make ends meet.
It is on their behalf and on behalf of all hardworking Kentuckians that today, I am announcing my support for Democratic candidates on the ticket this fall – from our U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway to down ballot candidates across the Commonwealth like Rex Smith in Western Kentucky to Marty Myer in Louisville and Robin Webb in Eastern Kentucky.”
Is the damage already done? Or can this tepid endorsement start a turn around? Stay tuned (and click the ads)…