You can read my highlights for what to watch tonight in this sad, sorry example of a Kentucky election right here.
Also, you can follow my live scribbles on the Twitter Death Contraption right here tonight. I’ll be reporting live from the joy-filled victory celebration at Williams-Farmer/RPK headquarters at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, with my incense, forehead dot and idols. It should be a blast.
Who are you going to vote for? Maybe instead of Steve, Dave and Woody… you’ll want to write someone in.
Or maybe you want to follow the lead of Mr. Ronnie Cottonpants. Over the weekend he laid out a serious — and strong — argument for why you really should vote for Gatewood. Or perhaps you don’t want to anger Jesus H. Christ so your vote is automatically ordained to Williams.
And what about the other races? Can the Dems sweep? Can Crosbie surprise? Will Bill Johnson purge the voter rolls?
His opponent, Republican John T. Kemper III, is a developer with no government experience. As a candidate he’s talked about many hot-button social issues outside the purview of the auditor’s office and has failed to convince that he fully understands the responsibilities of the job.
Beshear and Williams and everyone else are going to Henderson. That’s not really all that interesting except that it gives me an opportunity to point out what’s been on my mind for months now… why in the world is David Williams following Beshear to Henderson two days after the Governor leaves town? He’s whined and whined and whined about how Steve is avoiding him, how Steve’s afraid to debate… blah blah blah. The answer for his dumb campaign was obvious: get in a bus and follow Steve everywhere, whenever Steve gets out and says something, David gets out and says something… else. Or they can both agree the coal industry is more important than the people of the Commonwealth. Whatever it is, point being, why is David Williams not dogging Steve everywhere? How much does his campaign staff suck?
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has added his name to a list of state law enforcers who fear that a settlement being negotiated among government officials and big banks isn’t backed by a sufficient investigation into potential wrongdoing.
As law enforcers approach a deal with banks to settle allegations that the companies improperly foreclosed on American homeowners, the banks are pushing for a broad release from liability for actions that have not yet been fully investigated, Conway said in a Thursday email to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, obtained by The Huffington Post.
By raising these concerns, Conway has aligned himself with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and law enforcers from other states who have questioned the adequacy of the groundwork underlying the settlement talks.
“Today’s economic crisis was caused by Wall Street acting improperly,” Conway, a Democrat, said in the email. “Every American has paid the price — with families losing their homes, investors losing their money, and many Americans losing their jobs. There should be absolutely no criminal or civil immunity given to banks for activity that has not yet been investigated.”
No word yet on what Conway’s absolutely ridiculous opponent in the Attorney General’s race thinks of this, but it’s safe to assume it involves him waltzing around a crime scene pretending to be on a television show and making up stories about the destruction of America.
So if Gatewood can pick up all of Williams’ support, he’d still be down by about twenty.
[If you missed B&P's exclusive forward-looking statement predicting (with a surprise ending) the outcome of this fascinating race, you'll want to go back to that. It's the kind of in-depth analysis you will get no where else.]
In other races:
53.2% Jack Conway, Democrat
26.4% Todd P’Pool, Republican
31.5% Adam Edelen, Democrat
28.6% John Kemper, Republican
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36.8% Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrat
27.9% Bill Johnson, Republican
All those have wiiiiide swaths of “Unsures” so they are very fluid, but good news for all three Dems there.
Alessi has much, much more including numbers on other races and some fun video with David Williams saying that polls don’t matter because when you’re down 25+ in two different polls, they can’t both be right. (And further down, Mr. Edelen).
While the GOP has plenty of internal divisions apparent with their other candidates, this is the one that everyone from Mitch to Mica is behind 100%.
Unfortunately for Todd P’Pool (pronounced ‘pee pool’ and French), the guy at the top of his party’s ticket is the most unlikable major party candidate to ever run for a statewide office in American political history*. And P’Pool’s fate lies with him.
Some good news for those of you wondering if Jack Conway thought he could just sleepwalk past Tood P’Pool in the KY Attorney General race this Fall, while P’Pool was on the verge of tripling him in fundraising.
Amanda Van Benschoten reports this morning that Conway has easily doubled his fundraising totals since the last report just before the primary, passing $400,000 and almost catching up to P’Pool. If Conway can match his fundraising, it will still be a close race, but he should have the edge. Especially if the Williams campaign continues to look like a giant drag on the rest of the GOP slate down ticket. He’s also hired an actual campaign manager, Melissa Wideman, who’ll be starting full-time in July, is competent, and isn’t you know who. Factor in the happy happy cn|2 poll from earlier this month and things don’t look nearly as bleak for Conway, who had been taking on the look of a burnt out and unenthusiastic zombie candidate. (also, it’s pronounced ‘pee pool’, and I believe is French)
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of wimpy stuff like this.
Remember how David Williams repeatedly kissed the ass of hate group president Frank Simon at his candidate forum back in February? Williams said that the man who calls homosexuals pedophiles, promotes books that claims gays were behind the Holocaust, compares Obama to Hitler, refers to abortion as genocide, says that our current political system promotes sodomy in schools, and that Muslims are about to take over America… is his longtime friend and ally in Frankfort.
And today in Frankfort, even without a tea party primary opponent nipping at his heels, David Williams doubled down on his love for hate group president Frank Simon.
Senate President David Williams, the Republican candidate for governor, courted members of Frank Simon’s Tea Party of Kentucky group Saturday during a candidates’ forum in which he spent as much time talking about President Barack Obama as he did his Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Beshear.
He said that Obama, a Democrat, wants to make the country a “European-style democracy” and that he is trying to “destroy our capacity to create cheap electricity” by regulating the coal industry.
Williams was clearly the headliner, taking the stage and calling Simon “my friend for a long time.” He went on to bash Beshear for not attending the event and said his “No. 1 priority” for Jefferson County will be to repeal “the unconstitutional student assignment plan.”
“Gov. Beshear’s seat is empty because he doesn’t want your support,” Williams said. “He doesn’t want to come talk to you about the issues.”
No, Governor Beshear isn’t there because, despite all of his glaring faults, he is too good of a human being to kiss the ass of the leader of a hate group in return for his political support. There are some awful things that even he won’t do.
So there’s that…
Todd P’Pool, John Kemper III, and James Comer were also there to strut their stuff for hate group president Frank Simon. As for what I have to say about that, here’s what Simon says:
When asked afterward why it’s important to know whether candidates running for auditor or agriculture commissioner oppose abortion, Simon said those stances are telling about the candidates’ “character.”
“We want all people in public office to have good character,” Simon said.
Very true, Frank.
When you’re in the voting booth this November, be should to think about the character of Williams, P’Pool, Kemper and Comer. And their good friend Frank Simon.
Here’s P’Pool (prounced “pee pool”, and French) doing his best to bait Conway into an idiotic “Who’s Scared of Muslims in a Jail Cell More” war:
“As a conservative and a prosecutor, I believe the first and foremost priority of government should be keeping our citizens safe from enemies—foreign and domestic,” P’Pool said in a news release. “Terrorists should be tried as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, not here in Kentucky.”
Jack Conway, of course being the Jack Conway that we got to know in his race last year, was happy to join Mr. P’Pool in wetting his pants:
“This matter is being handled by the U.S. Department of Justice, not the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office,” says Melissa Wideman, a Conway campaign spokeswoman. “And for the record, Jack Conway believes terrorists should be tried in military tribunals, not civilian courts. He took on President Obama on this issue when terror trials were scheduled to be held in New York City.”
Yes, Jack was very brave to take on Mr. Obama, wasn’t he?
And just when it looks like every KY pair of pants in Frankfort and DC would be soaked, here comes somebody who will to tell the truth.
“I think the people who are on the ground and look at court safety and trials will have to look at that,” Paul said, ” And I think the only other way to look at it in a logical way would be to look at the other terror trials and – like I say – we’ve had several hundred terror trials in the U.S.”
“I think in this instance, if you capture them here, I think the federal courts probably can take care of them much more swiftly than Guantanamo and actually give them very lengthy sentences if they are found guilty,” Paul said.
“We have convicted over 400 terror suspects in the United States,” Paul told WHAS11, “I think we’ve done a fairly good job and our conviction rate is actually very high. I would differentiate with (9/11 mastermind) Khalid Sheik Mohammad in the sense that he is such an international figure that there could be a great danger to holding the trial here. But, there’s ample evidence that we can try people here (and) imprison them. And then we get away from the backlash we get from other countries if we hold people without determination.”
OK, so I disagree with him on Mohammad, but… relatively speaking… bravo?
Congrats to Steve Beshear, Greg Stumbo and Jack Conway. You just made Rand Paul look good.
(PS- the countdown now begins for the next time Rand Paul talks about Obama’s brown shirts breaking down your door to enslave your toilet bowl and put cameras in your light bulbs, so that we can go back to criticizing him)