Kentucky Democratic SoS primary looking lopsided

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May 9, 2011
By Joe Sonka

With the support of Governor Steve Beshear, you would think that Democratic Secretary of State candidate Elaine Walker would be in a good position to win the Democratic primary next week. But when you look at the progress and energy of both campaigns, it becomes obvious that Alison Lundergan Grimes’s campaign has an overwhelming amount of momentum going into the final week of the campaign.

As we’ve mentioned before, Grimes has a 3:1 fundraising lead, hitting the airwaves this week in a massive ad buy, while Walker says that she will focus on “direct mail, email blasts and robo-calls”.

But that’s just one aspect of the advantage emerging for Grimes. Take a look at the endorsements in this race. On Walker’s website, you learn that she is endorsed by 3 people in Bowling Green that I have never heard of, a former Louisville deputy mayor, and three unions. She has the support of Beshear and Rep. Larry Clark, but they’re not up on her site. But here’s who is endorsing Alison Lundergan Grimes:

  • Ben Chandler
  • Jack Conway
  • Dan Mongiardo
  • Greg Stumbo
  • Julian Carroll
  • Jim Gray
  • Sen. Kathy Stein
  • Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
  • Rep. Joni Jenkins
  • Fayette PVA David O’Neill
  • Rep. Sannie Overly
  • Rep. Martha Jane King
  • Rep. Derrick Graham
  • Rep. Leslie Combs
  • Rep. Rita Smart
  • Rep. Tanya Pullin
  • Sen. Robin Webb
  • Sen. Denise Harper Angel
  • United Food & Commercial Workers Local 227
  • United Steelworkers District 8
  • Teamsters Local Union No. 651
  • The Communication Workers of America
  • United Mine Workers of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Laborers’ District Council
  • Kentucky Professional Firefighters & Louisville Retired Firefighters
  • Indiana Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights

The likes of Mongiardo, Stumbo, Carroll and Webb aren’t surprising, but… Kathy Stein? Mary Lou Marzian? Joni Jenkins? That’s an extremely impressive collection of conservative and liberal Democrats from across the state, not to mention the overwhelming union support. If some are arguing that Grimes will have trouble with liberals, the inclusion of Stein, Marzian and Jenkins kind of rips that to shreds. Some of these names are mentioned in her new ad that went up this week, but I almost feel that they played such a huge advantage too subtly.

And while Facebook is certainly not a giant factor, it can be indicative of the amount of grassroots support a candidate has. Whereas Grimes has close to 1,4000 supporters, Walker over the course of 5 months has amassed… 148. And her page includes photo albums like this one, showing Walker talking to a bunch of voters wearing Grimes stickers, but no Walker stickers. Including this one:

This will certainly be a low turnout primary, so anything is possible. But looking at every available factor, this race is looking like a win for Grimes. And a big loss for Governor Steve Beshear, at least in the primary.


Herald Leader endorses David Williams

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May 8, 2011
By Joe Sonka

It’s always fun to watch the Herald Leader editorial team choose the “best” candidate in Republican primaries. I have a feeling that Holsclaw is probably the least repulsive to them, but they chose to give David Williams the “kiss of death” because… hey, why not? It’s fun to watch the Bully sweat.

Shockingly, David Adams hasn’t tweeted out “I told you David Williams was a socialist!” yet…


Kentucky Right to Life endorses Democrat Steve Hamrick for Treasurer

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April 29, 2011
By Joe Sonka

The Kentucky Right to Life Association recently published their endorsements for the upcoming Kentucky primaries. KRLA is the group that explains on their website how having an abortion will give you breast cancer. That is, if it doesn’t kill you. Either way, it’s much more dangerous than actually giving birth. So they’re all about scientifically accurate information and not dishonest scare tactics, thus any of the candidates would be proud to have their endorsement.

Like Democrat Steve Hamrick, running for State Treasurer. Yes, it appears that Hamrick and the KRLA have thrown a wrench into my “Anyone But Hollenbach” strategy. I called the good folks at KRLA today to ask how Hamrick filled out their survey, and they informed me that he gave the “pro-life” response on every question, and is “a very nice man”. If you haven’t checked out their survey, that means that Hamrick wants to criminalize abortion at the federal level, even in cases of rape and incest, is against the morning after pill, and lots of other repugnant stuff.

Now it’s true that Hamrick is running for treasurer and fortunately would have zero say in any policy relating to abortion or birth control, but could you really cast a vote for someone like this? Or give him a stepping stone to a future higher office? No, I’ll be skipping this race in May.

Of note is that not only did Todd Hollenbach not turn in responses, neither did KC Crosbie. Crosbie was actually the only Republican candidate on the ballot this year to not do so, neither did she turn in one to Frank Simon.

I also asked KRLA about some of their other endorsements. They confirmed in the Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture primary that Robert Farmer gave all “pro-life” responses, Williams answered roughly half/half, and Lackey gave some “pro-life” responses. Stewart Gritton and B.D. Wilson threw the survey in the trash.

I asked KRLA why they chose to endorse David Williams over Phil Moffett, even though they answered all of their questions “correctly” (i.e., they think that if a woman is raped and impregnated by her uncle, the government should force her to give birth). I was informed that David Williams had a long proven record of limiting women’s rights in the state legislature, and Moffett was unproven. In fact, they said that Moffett told them that he hadn’t really thought about their issues until a year ago when he decided to run for governor. I brought up how Moffett bravely came out for prosecuting women who have an abortion this week, and he informed me that KRLA is not in favor prosecuting women who kill their baby with a beating heart, rather just the doctor. Effing half-steppers. He said that Moffett’s statement shows how little he’s thought about the issue (i.e., he doesn’t have the B.S. PR talking points down). He also let me know that KRLA doesn’t support prosecuting women because their simple minds aren’t able to grasp what abortion is, and those meanie doctors and boyfriends manipulate their wee brains into doing so. They are victims, just like the babies they kill, you see. Such a wise and compassionate talking point…

Also of note, there was only one candidate that received a “VOTE AGAINST THIS MAN” warning: Jack Conway.

Jack Conway (D) – MUST BE DEFEATED, no response to KRLA PAC survey or National Right to Life PAC survey; strong pro-abortion position, said on “Straight Talk” (August 24, 2001) with John Yarmuth that his position on abortion is like Bill Clinton’s. The Rothenburg Report (March 8, 2002) said “Conway aligns himself with the Clinton approach to abortion.” (Bill Clinton vetoed the ban on partial birth abortion twice and issued five pro-abortion executive orders immediately after taking office.) Speaking to students at Manual High School , Louisville (February 22, 2002) Con-way said he was “pro-choice” and added “All right, if you got up and shaved your face this morning, sit down and shut up, cause this is not your issue. That’s the way I feel about it.”

FYI, Jack’s new website is here, if you want to sign up to volunteer or donate money in his fight against the KRLA, Mitch McConnell and King Coal endorsed Todd P’Pool.


Unknown Republican for Phil Moffett

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April 26, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Phil Moffett’s campaign manager David Adams just tweeted that he “expects establishment heads to explode” over this video:

I’m not sure why a video of a failed Alaskan candidate that no one knows in Kentucky (Joe Miller, whose claim to fame is losing last year with 34% of the vote, a whopping 69,762 votes) endorsing Phil Moffett is going to make heads “explode”. But there’s a lot about David Adams that I don’t understand…

Sarah Palin or GTFO!


Frank Simon makes some endorsements in KY primary

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April 26, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Kentucky’s most famous bigot and hate group president Frank Simon has just released his endorsements for next month’s primaries.

Surprisingly, he sits out over half of the races, including the one that we’ve been keeping an eye out for, the GOP gubernatorial primary. Simon praises Williams, Moffett and Holsclaw in the footnotes, but fails to bless any of the candidates with his Holy goodness. He also sits out the GOP race for Auditor, as well as the Democratic races for Secretary of State and Treasurer.

The candidates that did receive his endorsement were:

Robert Farmer- Democratic nomination Commissioner of Agriculture

Some Dude Named Bill Johnson- GOP nomination for Secretary of State

James Comer- GOP nomination for Commissioner of Agriculture

Here’s the screengrab below:

Here are the footnotes for the GOP gubernatorial candidates:

Holsclaw is an outstanding public servant and has done a great job as Jefferson County Clerk.

Moffett, a businessman, has won numerous TeaParty polls across KY. He supports charter schools and supports replacing KY’s taxes on income and profits with a consumption tax. He is pro-life.

Williams has done a great job as president of the Kentucky Senate by blocking numerous tax increases and blocking increasing state debt that were promoted by the Democrat party. He is also pro-life and blocked expanded gambling.

I guess Frank Simon chickened out. What a let down.

And we have to wonder what David Williams thinks about this? After all, Williams visited Simon in February in order to kiss his ring and rave about the work of Simon over the years, and this is the thanks he gets? Or maybe the fact that Simon didn’t go all out for Moffett is the payoff for their long history of collaboration in taking away the rights of women and drumming up fear of the gays? One has to wonder…


Crit Luallen promotes Edelen to succeed her

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April 25, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Who was she going to endorse, Wuchner?

Here’s the email that the KDP sent out on Friday:

Dear Fellow Democrat,

For nearly eight years now, I’ve had the honor of serving as your taxpayer watchdog in Frankfort. You’re familiar with the work my office has done to deliver the people of Kentucky the honest, transparent and effective government they deserve.

It hasn’t always been easy. Thankfully, I’ve been able to rely on my excellent staff and my fellow Kentuckians who have so strongly supported our efforts to root out corruption and bring transparency to every level of government.

However, the work of the State Auditor is never complete.

That’s why I’m so strongly supporting Adam Edelen to carry on my work as Kentucky’s next Auditor of Public Accounts. Having watched Adam grow into an outstanding public servant over the last 15 years, I know Adam will be the kind of leader who will make us proud.

Can I count on you to click here and endorse Adam Edelen to be Kentucky’s next Auditor?

In difficult economic times like these, Adam’s combined business and government experience make him ideally suited to serve as our taxpayer watchdog. He has a real record of making organizations run more efficiently and effectively.

He needs our help getting there, so please take a moment to click here and support Adam’s effort to run a vigorous campaign in all 120 Kentucky counties.

Thank you,

Crit Luallen

Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Sure, having the most respected public official in Kentucky cheering you on is good, but Addia has some powerful cheerleaders, too.


Jack Conway endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes for KY SoS

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April 22, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Turns out the word on the street from yesterday was true, as Jack Conway publicly announced his endorsement of Alison Lundergan Grimes for Secretary of State in Louisville yesterday.

Gerth at CJ was there:

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes billed her endorsement Thursday by Attorney General Jack Conway as a reunification of the Democratic Party after last year’s bruising U.S. Senate primary battle between Conway and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.


“One of my goals in this race has been to unite the Democratic Party,” said Grimes, a 33 year-old lawyer from Lexington.


And Conway said he was taking the unusual step of endorsing Grimes during his own election year because she has impressed him and has gone out and found support across the state.

“I’m recommending to you, to all Jefferson Countians, to all Democrats across the state, that we make Alison Grimes our nominee for Secretary of State,” he told a group of about 75 Democrats at the 21c Museum Hotel.

The rest of the article paints a pretty obvious picture. Grimes has the money and big name Democratic support that Walker simply doesn’t have. And she’s been barnstorming the state like crazy over the past few months. Unless something dramatic happens, this is looking like Grimes’ race to lose.


Jack Conway endorsing Grimes?

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April 21, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Word on the street is that KY Attorney General Jack Conway will be endorsing Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at 5:30 today at the 21c in Louisville.

If so, this comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that Grimes raised 3 times the amount that her challenger Elaine Walker raised. Considering the fact that Grimes also raised almost 3 times the amount of Conway, maybe Jack also wants to get in the good graces of that Lundergan gravy train.

I wonder what Steve Beshear thinks about all of this?


David Williams gets KY Right to Life endorsement (UPDATE)

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April 14, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Not a big surprise. As David Williams explained at Frank Simon’s hate group candidate forum back in February, he has been a long time ally of Simon when it comes to eroding the rights of women in Kentucky.

Frank Simon’s endorsements should be coming out soon, and I’m still betting on David Williams coming through with the upset win.

UPDATE: Right on cue, Williams’ new radio ad, below:


Rivoli Revue for Phil Moffett

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March 30, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Remember 2010 “Best Musical Performance” Rootie winners Rivoli Revue? Their impassioned defense of Arizona and their David Williams Immigration Law at a Frankfort Teabag Rally last summer was the best music that our commonwealth witnessed, despite very stiff competition.

And guess what? They’ve just recorded a new song for Phil Moffett! Click hear to listen to Kentucky’s new Teabagger Anthem.

Can you say “game changer”?

In other Moffett news, he’s also picked up the endorsement of the Louisville Tea Party and the Western Representation PAC, run by failed Senate Tea candidate Joe Miller and his creepy beard.

Uncle Mo for Moffett!





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