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?
BlueBluegrass hit the Kemper/Edelen debate for State Auditor last night and has some thoughts on Kemper’s fellow travelers (including two Constables in full dress). Check it:
So, not only does Kemper have the sense of humor to ask for votes for an office that insures funds are managed wisely, after mismanaging his own business into bankruptcy not once, but twice. Not only does he have a guy in pajamas walking in front of him providing some sort of bizarre security function, and not only does he have a dog walking behind him, but in between, he’s raised the question of whether he’s having public resources misused as part of his election efforts. On the bright side, at least Richie Farmer must be happy that someone else is capable of actually drawing the public’s attention away from his stunning conduct…
Kemper, 47, is in personal bankruptcy after the failure of his home-construction business in Lexington. He said he takes responsibility for his mistakes and he’s obeying a debt-repayment schedule administered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which court records confirm.
“I’m living under the thumb of the federal government for five years,” Kemper said.
Ain’t that just the most succinct encapsulation of the defining philosophy of the 21st century Republican party?
Guy fails at business, blames the government, lambasting the feds for their oppression, and then runs for office for a party that claims it stands for fiscal order and personal responsibility.
Kemper’s uphill struggle to win a taxpayer pay check for the next four years so that he can get out bankruptcy while on the dole (which would make him a ‘Welfare Queen,’ I believe) also piqued the interest of the Associated Press:
The winner of the Nov. 8 general election will oversee an office that has more than 130 employees, controls a $10.5 million budget and churns out hundreds of annual audits.
“The taxpayers of Kentucky need somebody who has weathered the storm … and taken responsibility for the things that have happened,” said Kemper, a 47-year-old residential developer from Lexington.
Edelen, a 36-year-old Lexington business consultant and former chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, said his opponent’s bankruptcy “goes to the heart of having a demonstrated record of competence.”
“It’s an awfully far stretch to go from being in personal bankruptcy to be making the case to the people of Kentucky that you should be the taxpayer watchdog,” Edelen said.
The winner in the November election will succeed current state Auditor Crit Luallen, a Democrat finishing her second term, the limit allowed by law. The state auditor makes just more than $110,000 a year.
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).
Well isn’t this just adorable. Check out the fundraising email that hate group president Frank Simon sent out for GOP KY State Auditor candidate John Kemper III:
John Kemper is a strong conservative who is the Republican running for Kentucky State Auditor in the General Election this November 8, 2011. The Auditor is a very important office because he can investigate all state spending and expose any corruption.
John is Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment, Pro-Family, and a strong Christian husband and father. John has never held an elected office and is not beholding to anyone in government.
We are having a great meeting on July 26, 2011 to help John’s Campaign. It will be at the Springhurst Clubhouse from 6pm to 8pm at: 4200 Springhurst Blvd, Louisville, KY 40241. The Clubhouse is near The Summit, behind the Kroger on Hwy 22 and next to the Springhurst Pool. See map below.
Les Naiman (probably the best caterer in the business) will be catering the event!
John will answer questions from the audience.
If at all possible, please tell others, bring a friend, and come to this great event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by replying to this email. If you can’t make it on July 26th, please consider making a donation to help John. You can donate to his campaign by clicking below:
These levels of donors will be printed on the program:
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.
cn|2 shows that not only is Steve Beshear stomping David Williams, but so are most of the Democrats running down the ballot. Here’s the damage:
Jack Conway- 56% Todd P’Pool- 30%
Alison Lundergan Grimes- 44% SDN Bill Johnson- 33%
Adam Edelen- 38% John Kemper- 35%
Bob Farmer- 48% James Comer- 33%
Todd Hollenbach- 45% KC Crosbie- 28% Ken Moellman- 5%
As you can probably tell, there’s only one race with a high name ID candidate, and Jack Conway is kicking some serious tail in it. This race will get much closer once P’Pool floods your television set with attack ads paid for with all of that McConnell money. But then again, his name is pronounced “pee pool”. And I think he might be French. Nevertheless, these are fantastic numbers for Jack to start with, particularly getting even 24% of Republicans.
In the rest of the races, the undecideds rule. Hollenbach has an expected lead, as he’s an incumbent and Crosbie is unknown outside of Lexington, not having a primary last month. Farmer has an expected lead because his name is Farmer, he’s running for Commissioner of Agriculture, and everybody is stupid. Grimes’ lead is going to grow once she goes on the air with all of that Alliance money. Same with Edelen, as Lex Vegas odds say that he’ll have approximately 20 times the money to spend.
I doubt we’ll see any real movement in these numbers until after Fancy Farm when things start to heat up, but there’s your generic “who are these people?” snapshot.
Despite the fact that Adam Edelen is an overwhelming favorite this Fall in the KY State Auditor race against Republican John Kemper III, he’s still traveling Kentucky like a mad man. Here’s a video his campaign released today, where he visits the folks tucked away in the Kentucky Bend:
Good stuff. Something odd about that voice, though…
But that doesn’t mean Kemper isn’t working hard either. Here he was last week at the Bluegrass Freedom Festival, a giant $15 ticket event at LCA with all the important Republican activists in the state, even the rockstar Ken Blackwell from Ohio.
Kemper is the guy in the very top right sitting next to Candy Barr. I know, there were soooo many people there that it would have taken years to find him on your own.
I leave you with pictures of David Williams silently cursing the fact that he wasted his time on a teabagger event with 40 people for 3 hours: