Endorsements like these are fairly routine in contested races, but a list of the some GOP heavy hitters are supporting Republican Alecia Webb-Edgington in Kenton County's Jan. 8 special statehouse election.Wheres Mitch? Looks like the Kentucky Republican Party is going to have to support another Larry Forgy backed candidate without the help of Mitch McConnell.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Asked by CNBC's Larry Kudlow last week about earmarks, GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell replied that, "Well, there certainly have been some bad earmarks in the past. But you've got to remember, you can knock out all the earmarks, and it wouldn't save any money."
Well, $7.4 billion is real money where we come from, and that misses the way in which earmarks have become opportunities for corruption (felon Duke Cunningham) and an incentive for logrolling that increases overall spending. Mr. Bush and the GOP can take one more step toward restoring their fiscal credentials by striking a blow against "nonlegislative" earmarks.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
McConnell's obstructionist tactics over campaign finance reform infuriate John McCain, who is the strongest Republican candidate among Kentucky GOP voters. Now with Larry Forgy already starting with a strong conservative base, John McCain could be at the top of the ticket to help Larry Forgy win enough independents to claim a 3-way general election.
This Republican Presidential primary is shaping up to be terrifying for Mitch McConnell, but with either John McCain or Mike Huckabee at the top of the ticket to boost Larry Forgy, it could be the catapult we need for Kentucky's conservatives.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Now Mark Hebert of WHAS reports that John McCain is the strongest Republican candidate in Kentucky.
Clearly not good news for the Louisville liberal McConnell. Especially considering that John McCain will likely be endorsing Larry Forgy for the United States Senate.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
One of the nation's leading conservative blog may soon be rallying the grassroots all across the country behind the Senate candidacy of Larry Forgy. Check out what Erick Erickson wrote about the cowardly acts of Mitch McConnell in the budget battle this week:
Let's look at the budget battle today.
Pull back the curtain a bit and you see a GOP in Congress that is totally caving in on fiscal responsibility. Instead of supporting an omnibus that is $24 billion over budget and that contains the second highest amount of earmarks in history, the GOP should have gone for a continuing resolution and made the Democrats fund the troops anyway. We would have won that. Instead, we let the Mitch McConnells of the world go the earmark route.
It is okay to cheer the GOP on for making Democrats cave on troop funding, but we need to hold our guys accountable when they promise a big spending fight all year long and then back down like little girls.
While you can see this so called budget victory for the GOP as a short term victory because of troop funding, it is a long term failure because it is an abandonment of the GOP's fiscally conservative base.
It’s hard to understand why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was so shortsighted. In exchange for giving up his coveted earmarks, McConnell could have held the growth of government to 2% next year. Instead, it will increase between 4% to 5% under the omnibus. Even House Minority Leader Roy Blunt admitted today during a lunch with conservative bloggers that a continuing resolution would have been catastrophic for the Democrats in comparison to the omnibus.
For as frustrating as it is to watch McConnell roll over, what’s even more disappointing is that President Bush is willing to sign a bill (assuming troop funding for Iraq is added) that violates so many of the principles he’s been fighting for all year. The bill is nearly $20 billion more than Bush’s top-line numberwhen “emergencies” are factored in and comes nowhere close to slashing pork projects in half.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Nobody seems to know the last time Mitch McConnell went to church.
Governor Huckabee represents family values.
Mitch McConnell's own daughter does not even speak to him.
Governor Huckabee opposed the Bush/McConnell amnesty bill.
Mitch McConnell tried to shove a bill giving amnesty to illegal aliens down our throats.
Governor Huckabee will create a Veterans Bill of Rights.
Mitch McConnell thinks its OK when "professional soldiers" are killed.
Governor Huckabee believes in balancing the budget and fiscal responsibility.
Mitch McConnell support pushed Senate legislation in support of Las Vegas casino gambling.
Governor Huckabee sounds a lot more like Larry Forgy, dont you think?...
These actions alone bring the total to $23 billion more than Bush requested -- and that’s before anyone has even seen the actual omnibus itself. How did the extra money get through without the Capitol Hill press corps even noticing?
It’s partly the fault of partisan Republicans, who relish the opportunity to kick Democrats while they’re down. It doesn’t help that several of the GOP’s Senate leaders, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are veteran appropriators who might swallow more spending if it means another week’s worth of bad headlines for Democrats. House Republicans appear more likely to hold firm, launching a "Butcher Shop” to expose the pork projects in the spending bill.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
If Mitch McConnell does not start campaigning hard for Webb-Edgington, you can look for Larry Forgy to carry Kenton County by a nice margin come election day!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
28. If the election for the U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote?The Democrats appear headed to an expensive primary with Greg Stumbo, Andrew Horne, and Greg Fischer. True Conservatives already know this is our big chance. With a little help from the Club for Growth, Larry Forgy will be taking the lead in no time!
1. Republican Mitch McConnell - 34 percent
2. Democrat Greg Stumbo - 31 percent
3. Independent Larry Forgy - 27 percent
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Club for Growth Criticizes McConnell Plan on Omnibus
Washington - In response to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s press conference this afternoon on the Omnibus bill, Club for Growth President Pat Toomey issued the following statement:
“It is a shame to see the highest ranking Republicans in the Senate move to the left of the Democrats on earmarks. For weeks, House Republicans stood strong against wasteful spending, resulting in a victory when Democratic Representative David Obey proposed eliminating all earmarks from the Omnibus Appropriations bill in order to reduce the bill’s price tag to meet the President’s request. We think this is a fantastic idea and applaud Obey for recognizing that earmarks are the least worthy component of the Omnibus bill.”
“Unfortunately, Senator McConnell and Trent Lott are perpetuating the practice of wasteful pork-barrel spending. Rather than part with his own and his colleagues’ pet projects, Senator McConnell announced his intention to offer an amendment that will reduce spending in the Omnibus bill by about two percent across the board, including earmarks. Trent Lott jumped to Senator McConnell’s defense, arguing that ‘Earmarks are justified and legitimate . . . I wouldn't give up my earmarks.’ We disagree. The earmarking process is inherently abusive. The earmarks are not subjected to committee hearings, competitive bidding, or other normal vetting processes. This is why the earmarking practice must end. We have even recently seen earmarks famously abused as a currency of corruption. Senators McConnell and Lott’s support for pork projects in the Omnibus is a sad statement about the priorities of the Republican Leadership in the Senate.”
Friday, December 7, 2007
Webb-Edgington was chosen by a secret ballot of the Kenton County Republican Party Executive Committee. She is running for the Kenton County suburban seat vacated by Edgewood Republican Jon Draud, who on Monday became Kentucky Education Commissioner.
She was nominated over former Kenton County Commissioner Steve Arlinghaus – a surprise, late entry into the mix – and Kelly White, a former aide to Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Special Election Pits Conservative Fletcher Aide Alecia Webb-Edgington Against Former McConnell Aide Kelly White
Many of you are well aware that McConnell's Louisville liberals are trying to shove former McConnell staffer Kelly White down the throats of Conservatives, but this is the chance to give the latest dagger to the reelection hopes of Mitch McConnell.
A vote for Webb-Edgington is a preview of Larry Forgy's victory over Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate primary.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
McConnell is going to need much greater tricks than his current ads featuring a sexual harasser to tout his leadership position, because it doesn't look like he'll be Republican leader much longer.
After 2008, McConnell either wins or loses. If he loses, John Kyl will probably become Minority Leader, moving up from Whip. If McConnell wins, he might still face a coup if the GOP Senate conference feels the need to go in a new, more conservative direction after a disastrous 2008 election cycle. If the GOP does get slaughtered at the polls, it will likely be moderate Senators bearing the brunt of the voters anger, making the remaining GOP caucus more conservative and more willing to vote their own into leadership. So, Kyl might take the reins then too.
With Kyl as leader, Cornyn will run for Whip, with a reduced number of Republican Senators, but a more conservative group. Sessions will get to Policy, which is what he wants, and that leaves DeMint available to be the Party's message guy in Conference Chair. That'll leave open a slot as VP for Conference, which a good conservative could fill.
Imagine, post 2008, having the top Senate Republicans be, in order: Kyl, Cornyn, DeMint, Sessions, and an as yet to be determined conservative.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
No, we aren't referring to the multiple marriages and divorces of McConnell and Giuliani.
No, we aren't referring to reports of Miss McConnell or Miss Giuliani.
Well, we are referring to a different Miss McConnell and Miss Giuliani. The liberal candidates' own daughters who refuse to support their campaigns! National news stories have been reporting that Giuliani's daughter is supporting Barack Obama, and after hundreds of corporate donors have signed up for Mitch McConnell's campaign, he still has not received the support of his own daughter.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Mitch is getting desperate and was steaming after the Governor went on to say he doesn't have the time to discourage Forgy from making a bid! While Robbie Rudolph and others from the Fletcher camp are currently laying the groundwork for Forgy behind the scenes, look for several of them to come out publicly in the coming months.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Speaking of hacks, self-seekers and misdeeds, the aforementioned new McConnell campaign commercial celebrates his mutually supportive relationship with Barkley's grandson, Alben Barkley II.
Does McConnell think everybody has forgotten that Barkley II, as state secretary of agriculture, was involved in a sensational sexual harassment incident? A secretary in the ag commissioner's office, Ann Hester, told the Personnel Board that Barkley once asked her to be his "lover," that he asked to look down her blouse, that he put his arm around her waist and hugged her, and that he often told her she looked "sexy."
McConnell is being endorsed for re-election in his TV ads by a man the Personnel Board found guilty of sexual harassment -- in the same case that became infamous when ag official Gerald Deatherage was required to apologize to female employees for a joking reference to the "little man in the boat." (Used in a salacious way, that's a reference to a part of the female sex organs.)
One election down, another under way. Isn't politics fun?
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
But one has to wonder: How did McConnell not know that Barkley was a convicted sexual harasser? Its only a matter of time until he is pressed on this. Patrick Crowley of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports:
The Huffington Post is reporting that Alben Barkley II, the grandson of Truman VP Alben Barkley and the star of KY U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's first campaign ad, was convicted of sexually harassing a secretary in 1981 while serving as KY Ag Commissioner.
GOP heavyweight Senator Mitch McConnell, reports Huffington Post, has some ads that "feature a convicted sexual harasser."
"Back in 1981, the Barkley grandson was convicted of sexually harassing a young secretary. According to an April 7 UPI article from that year:
"Alben W. Barkley II, [then] 36, asked his secretary, Ann Hester, to be his lover, asked to look down her dress on several occasions, once hugged her, and commented she looked 'sexy.''"
"At the time Barkley was serving as the state's Agriculture Commissioner. Because he was an elected official, the
Personnel Board personnel board said it did not have the authority to punish him. The secretary said the incidents "forced her to seek a transfer to another state department." Kentucky
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Nutroots better not get too excited on their blogs. Kentucky's conservatives have an alternative. We have Larry Forgy.
The problem: Barley II is not world's best spokesperson.
Back in 1981, the Barkley grandson was convicted of sexually harassing a young secretary. According to an April 7 UPI article from that year:
"Alben W. Barkley II, [then] 36, asked his secretary, Ann Hester, to be his lover, asked to look down her dress on several occasions, once hugged her, and commented she looked 'sexy.''"
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Its not even close. The votes outside of Louisville aren't there for McConnell. The next U.S. Senator from Kentucky will be Larry Forgy. The Associated Press reports:
But McConnell could face a challenge from his own ranks.
Republican Larry Forgy, who barely lost to Democrat Paul Patton in the 1995 gubernatorial election, is considering a Senate run next year as an independent.
Forgy believes McConnell and some other top Republicans abandoned Fletcher, who was indicted during his term on misdemeanor charges that he rewarded politically connected Republicans with jobs at the expense of Democrats. The charges were dropped in a settlement with prosecutors, and Fletcher later maintained the investigation was a witch hunt.
McConnell was silent about Fletcher during the probe and later when the governor fought off a tough challenge from former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup in the GOP primary.
The senator made a few appearances with Fletcher during the fall campaign, saying the governor had done a fine job and deserved another term. Forgy said the damage was already done, and largely blamed McConnell and a few others for the divisive primary.
Some of Forgy's critics have dismissed him as a "one-man party." Forgy replied that "I'd rather be a one-man party than a party of one man. And the bottom line is McConnell needs some critics. If I am one, then that's the way it is."
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Fletcher, for his part, said he's supporting McConnell and encouraged Republicans not to challenge him in a primary or as an independent. But when asked if he would talk to Forgy and urge him not to run, Fletcher said he's going to be awfully busy over of ther the next few months, trying to transition out of the governor's office and find a job in the private sector and all.Governor Fletcher can leave the public face of the Forgy campaign to Robbie Rudolph, Stan Cave, the Club for Growth, and others. But we all know that the Fletcher machine that trounced McConnell and Northup in the primaries will be fully at work for Larry Forgy.
However, Larry Forgy gave Mitch an ultimatum: Deliver votes in your hometown of Louisville for Governor Fletcher. The Louisville liberal McConnell failed to deliver.
In even further updates, we are getting word that it is not only the Fletcher faction that is withholding support for McConnell: Billy Harper has refused to give McConnell his endorsement as well and could deliver significant votes in McCracken County and Western Kentucky for Forgy.
Even more shocking, reports are the McConnell's own daughter is not supporting his reelection campaign as well. More to come...
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Rudolph is expected to tell Republican activists at the central committee meeting on Saturday that he will not be endorsing Mitch McConnell. This should mean only one thing: Look for Rudolph to line up behind a true conservative, Larry Forgy!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
So what's next for Kentucky Republicans after Ernie Fletcher’s loss?
Prominent Republican Larry Forgy says the party is fractured...
But prominent Republican Larry Forgy is not moving on to forgiveness just yet. “The party is fractured today, and it was fractured by a few people at the Republican headquarters in Louisville. This did not have to happen.”
Forgy says he is angry with Northup, Senator Mitch McConnell and Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. He calls Northup's primary challenge a "fratricidal war," which drained energy and $5 million from the Fletcher campaign...
Forgy says the time for party unity was years ago, at the outset of the merit hiring investigation...
Meanwhile, Larry Forgy tells me he might run against McConnell next year.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Beshear 65.5 percentSimply disgraceful. The Louisville liberal is to blame. A 30 point loss in a county where George W. Bush got 49 percent of the vote in 2004:
Fletcher 34.5 percent
Kerry 50 percentIf anyone believes McConnell when he says that he helped Governor Fletcher in Louisville, they have to be kidding themselves. Its time to rally around a true conservative, Larry Forgy
Bush 49 percent
McConnell is sending out his Louisville liberals to beg Forgy not to run. Maybe he should have thought about this before destroying Kentucky's Republican Party and turning his back on rural conservatives. Its a good thing this hypocrite is being exposed. It won't be long until Senator Forgy is sworn in. The Courier-Journal reports:
But Larry Forgy, the 1995 Republican gubernatorial nominee, blamed Northup, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, who chose not to run again with Fletcher, for the loss.
“It is the result of the primary. We spent $5 million among Republicans fighting over almost nothing except the desire of three or four people in Louisville and party headquarters — including Sen. McConnell, including Steve Pence, Anne Northup and others — to essentially run this man out of office.”...
Forgy said earlier tonight that he blames U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republicans for dividing the party.
Williams, in an exasperated tone, pleaded with Forgy not to run against McConnell in the 2008 election.
And next year, a true conservative named Larry Forgy will send McConnell packing back to Louisville...
The Lexington Herald Leader reports:
And then there's the matter of Larry Forgy, the notoriously sharp-tongued Republican former gubernatorial candidate.
Forgy, who went through a bruising and bitter GOP primary race against former U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins in the 1991 governor's race, wouldn't say last week whether he'll get in the race against McConnell as an independent.
A three-candidate race would add whole new equations to the already complex political calculus of McConnell's re-election bid.
"My mother was a fifth- grade teacher for 45 years. She always told me not to talk about serious matters when I'm angry," Forgy said. "I'm an angry man right now."
Forgy has been unhappy for months with McConnell's level of support for Fletcher over the past few years and said he expected McConnell to work tirelessly for the governor in Louisville, where McConnell got his start in politics.
"I think Ernie Fletcher is one of the finest men I've ever known and he's taken more knives in the back than he has in the front. That's what I'm mad about," said Forgy, who declined to offer details.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tradecoat Trey, there is a reason Senator Bunning is in the Hall of Fame and you are losing to a candidate nobody has ever heard of. True conservatives don't stab their own in the back. Republican activists should keep this prospect in mind when Tradecoat Trey begs for our support in the coming weeks.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
1. Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are not true conservatives and there is no reason for Larry Forgy to run on the same ticket as them. They're pro-choice and anti-family views will bring down Mitch McConnell and allow Forgy to hold the conservative vote.
2. Governor Fletcher's endorsement. With the endorsement of the Governor, Larry Forgy will hold onto the central Kentucky and rural faction of the Republican Party and have a campaign structure that was already tested by the Louisville liberals led by Northup, McConnell, and Jackson and pounded them in the primary.
3. Greg Scumbo. This is the main reason for Forgy to run as an independent. A large faction of the Democratic Party is not happy with the publicity hound who is not raising any significant money. Even in eastern Kentucky, Forgy will carry a significant portion of the conservative Democratic vote.
4. Bill Harper. There is no secret that Harper can help Forgy carry western Kentucky and his people are not fans of McConnell's.
5. Club for Growth. They are making it clear that the Louisville liberal McConnell will be forced to pay for his support for two tax and spend budgets while pretending he is a conservative...
6. Ask Larry Hopkins. The former Congressman who showed his true colors by endorsing Steve Beshear can best remember what Larry Forgy can do on the stump. Forgy nearly defeated Hopkins with almost no money. This time around, the Club for Growth shows the money will be flowing in freely.
Friday, October 5, 2007
This is really disgraceful. The former Bill Clinton volunteer refuses to support the main tenet of Governor Fletcher's platform, and has the nerve to try to coerce conservatives around the Commonwealth to abandon Governor Fletcher's campaign for his own fundraisers.
An investigation into previous comments made by Tradecoat Trey Grayson turned up this excerpt in a August 21, 2006 Lexington Herald Leader story where Grayson voiced his support for exploring Vegas-style casino gaming in
Democratic Attorney General Greg Stumbo vaulted the issue into the headlines at an Aug. 5 Democratic breakfast in
. He said he'd like to see the state approve casino gambling, and that he wants the first $100 million of revenue from it to wipe out the property tax on vehicles -- one of the most-loathed levies in Graves County . Kentucky
That idea has stirred up a buzz on both sides of the aisle as wannabe candidates weigh their options as well as their chances of beating Ernie Fletcher, the Republican incumbent next year.
"I'm wondering if that might change the debate," said Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is considering a run for the Republican nomination for governor. "I don't remember anyone pushing any kind of tax cut. In the past, people just talked in terms of using the (casino revenue) money to pay for services."
Incredible...Not only does this Tradecoat Trey support casino gaming, but he voiced support for a plan by Greg Scumbo at the same time the Attorney General was in the middle of his witch hunt on Governor Fletcher! Tradecoat Trey goes on:
Grayson said he was intrigued by Stumbo's pitch because he has been considering ways to eliminate the car tax, which brought in $101 million in revenue to the state last year.
Sounds like Grayson needs to add ethics to his civics plan....
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
As for congressional races, the Club has suggested it would like to dabble in some GOP Senate primaries if opportunities present themselves.
It issued a poll last week showing Stevens losing handily to Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and this week criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) votes for the Democrats’ appropriations bills.
Stevens does not have a major potential primary challenger at this point, while some Kentucky GOP activists are trying to recruit former gubernatorial nominee Larry Forgy (R) to challenge McConnell.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
And the influential anti-tax group Club for Growth signaled Wednesday that it might play a role in a primary fight against McConnell.
The Club remarked in a statement Wednesday that the Republican leader “is looking more and more like his counterpart across the aisle, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)” on spending issues.
McConnell has backed all four of the appropriations bills that the Senate has considered this year, three of which face White House veto threats.“If Republicans want to convince taxpayers that they are fiscally responsible, they are going to have to start backing up their words with some votes,” said Club President Pat Toomey, a former House Republican.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Now Grayson, the Kentucky secretary of state and a Boone County resident, and Fletcher are running for re-election and sharing space on the statewide ballot. Each claim that any friction or disagreements have evaporated as they pursue re-election.
So why have the Fletcher and Grayson campaigns scheduled their major Northern Kentucky fundraisers on the same night - Tuesday - at roughly the same time and in the same county?...
Even some Northern Kentucky Republicans have privately scratched their heads, wondering how the situation arose
Some wonder if there is a concern by the Grayson camp that Fletcher's poor polling numbers are a drag on the rest of the GOP ticket and Grayson may be distancing himself from the incumbent governor.
This is really remarkable that these tradecoats can be blaming Governor Fletcher when Tradecoat Trey Grayson and Mitch McConnell were the ones that ran the smear campaign that placed the Governor behind in the polls to begin with. Grayson should make a pledge not to hold any other fundraising events on the same day as the Governor's campaign, because he is in for a huge surprise when true conservatives find out about his own ethical issues before election day.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
A bitter legal fight has ended over some $1 million that former Kenton County Attorney John Elfers banked after leaving office in 1994.
Garry Edmondson, the current county attorney, said he and Elfers formally agreed on Wednesday to settle a lawsuit over the money. Elfers will pay his successor about 10 percent of the disputed money.
When he left office at the end of 1993, Elfers took with him $964,269, saying he had earned it over the previous 17 years collecting delinquent child support...
The agreement leaves one important loose end. Edmondson's fight to gain access to the money was a civil case; Elfers also faces a criminal charge of mingling his private funds with public money.
Is this the kind of judgment we want from our Republican Party leaders? Its time to stand up to corrupt officials masquerading as conservatives and support our true Conservative leaders like Ernie Fletcher, Robbie Rudolph, and Larry Forgy.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The daughter of a deceased Northern Kentucky home remodeler is suing former Kenton County Attorney John Elfers, claiming he took advantage of her father to benefit from his multimillion-dollar estate...Well, it looks like Tradecoat Trey Grayson is going to have a lot of explaining to do before election day...
Bridget Hofler-Saunders of Independence filed a civil suit this month in Kenton Circuit Court, saying the will of her father, William T. Hofler, was changed two months before his death as a result of “undue influence” by Mr. Elfers.
Ms. Hofler-Saunders said she believes Mr. Elfers and others named in the suit took advantage of her ill father, who had only a third-grade education and put more trust in people with higher educational levels. She said her father was aggressively being treated with chemotherapy and the painkiller OxyContin and could not have been of “sound mind and memory'' to change his will in March...
The lawsuit also names as defendants Charles Grayson III, co-executor of the estate
Monday, September 17, 2007
But what is the price that Grayson will have to pay? Republican sources unhappy with Grayson say that reporters have started calling about scandals coming back to light involving Tradecoat Trey, one of which may involve a former client filing ethics complaints against him. We'll have updates as this story develops...
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
More bad news for Fletcher: Despite hammering on Beshear's pro-casino stance, 79% of those polled say they want to vote on the gaming issue. Just 19% don't.Mitch now has a choice. Either get on board with the Governor on opposing gambling and turn out the vote in Louisville or face an early entry into the Senate race from Larry Forgy
Of those who say there should be a vote on casinos, Beshear leads 64-32. Of those who don't want a vote, Fletcher leads 59-36.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The decision not to run by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) now raises to five the possible losses of Senate seats by Republicans. Democrats also are targeting Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) for a sixth seat. If 2008 turns into a Democratic landslide, Senators Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and even Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could be in danger.
Keep in mind that two house members, James Carr and Tom Kerr switched from democrat to republican. That was when republicans were flying high, both nationally and in Kentucky. It appears the tide has turned, politically, and some moderate GOP state legislators may not want to be on the ballot with Sen. Mitch McConnell and the republican presidential nominee next year.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Duncan's critics say he is loyal only to those who can help himIt could be only a matter of time until Duncan comes under investigation himself after the RNC now claims that it has lost emails sent from the former McConnell Political Director Scott Jennings while he was working in the White House. Its only a matter of time before Kentucky conservatives realize that the corruption of McConnell and Duncan lost the Republicans control of Congress in 2006, and vote to replace McConnell with Larry Forgy in 2008.
"He's not a particular friend of mine," said Larry Forgy, a former
gubernatorial candidate who is considering challenging McConnell in next year's
Republican primary. "I ran for governor twice and I don't remember his
involvement at all. I lost his home county ... and Duncan lived there. That
characterizes my relationship with him."
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska, Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Michael Enzi of Wyoming voiced their dissatisfaction with the response of GOP leaders in the chamber, according to one senator who was at the luncheon and two aides familiar with the meeting...
He was joined by Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming, who also "wagged their finger" at the leadership, in the words of one of the aides.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
If he is able to get the case favorably disposed of in Minneapolis, it would be his intention to come back to the Senate, to deal with the Ethics Committee case that he knows that he will have, and to try to finish his term.What is our party coming to under McConnell's (lack of) leadership? Why is McConnell not pushing ahead with investigations and ensuring strong Republican nominees to keep these seats in Alaska and Idaho. Because if he sits around, he can be sure that Kentucky will have a strong nominee who represents conservative values in Larry Forgy.
Monday, September 3, 2007
The ‘Northup Trifecta’ of failed fiscal policy dates back to May 2002, when Citizens Against Government Waste named Northup “Porker of the Month” for her efforts at funding a Louisville-based foundation she started with taxpayer dollars.Now, it appears that the Club for Growth is gearing up to make huge waves once again in several U.S. Senate primaries. Reports are that its members are already organizing for former Governor Jim Gilmore in his battle against Tom Davis in Virginia, and will rally behind Larry Forgy after Governor Fletcher is victorious in November.
Update: The Club for Growth also appears to be infuriated by McConnell's refusal to back Governor Fletcher on his opposition to gambling, one of the signature issues of the campaign.
Friday, August 31, 2007
The Republican National Committee took the unusual step Thursday of drafting statements calling on Craig to resign, GOP aides said, a rare move to force the third-term senator out.Several Senators were outspoken on the need for Craig to resign, and reports are heating up that this was the icing on the cake for Conservative Senators who have been trying to gather support to replace McConnell as leader. Conservative Senators are already saying if this were a war, McConnell should be tried for "dereliction of duty." If Conservative Senators now force Craig out after McConnell refused, the Louisville liberal McConnell will look extremely weak.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
We asked the spokesman for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for additional comment other than his remarks that the conduct was “unforgivable” and required an ethics investigation, but were told the senator had nothing more to say right now.
Update: The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that McConnell continues to refuse to call on Larry Craig to resign:
LEXINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., repeatedly declined today to say whether he thinks embattled Idaho Senator Larry Craig should resign
While McConnell stands tight-lipped, Conservative Senator Norm Coleman continues his recent stance against the weak leadership of the Louisville liberal McConnell, and is calling on Republicans to separate themselves from donations to Craig. Kentucky conservatives can only hope that McConnell will follow Norm Coleman's lead for once and calls on Larry Craig to resign.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This is the question on the minds of many Kentucky conservatives this week after the Idaho Senator admitted to pleading guilty for lewd conduct in a public restroom.
Perhaps everyone should take a look back to the amnesty debate when Louisville liberal McConnell used Craig to help him carry Teddy Kennedy's water:
Its not clear what use McConnell has for his good friend Larry Craig now, and why he is remaining so loyal to him, even after additional information is now coming out that some of Craig's conduct may have been criminal:
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) said he already has told Senate GOP leaders he will not support the immigration filibuster any longer. "They've had ample opportunity," Craig said of the Republican dissenters who successfully rallied a majority of their Conference to block the bill last week. Craig added that he supports McConnell's efforts to goad the conservatives into capitulating
Though the senator denied being gay, it was not the first time he has confronted sexually related accusations. In 1982, he denied involvement in a congressional page sex scandal.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Forgy has been rumbling all summer about potentially challenging McConnell, and last week he lobbed criticism at McConnell in a Washington Times article...
Forgy maintains that his frustration with McConnell stems from the senator's reluctance to endorse Fletcher during the GOP primary and unwillingness last week to echo Fletcher's opposition to casino gambling, which is the main message of the governor's re-election campaign.
"The reason I have strong feelings about Sen. McConnell is the way he's treated Gov. Fletcher. It's that simple. If he helps Gov. Fletcher in this campaign and doesn't sit down on him over there in Louisville, then he doesn't have a problem with me," Forgy said.
The grassroots need to make it clear: it is not enough for the Louisville liberal McConnell to show up at a few events after he splintered the Republican Party in half. Over half of the Northup/McConnell voters are currently supporting Steve Beshear. If Mitch McConnell does not turn out these voters for Governor Fletcher and if he keeps refusing to back the Governor on fighting against gambling, then we should rally behind a true conservative and send McConnell packing back to Louisville in May.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Perhaps most interesting about Tuesday's event in Lexington is that former GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy will be one of the fund-raiser's co-hosts. Having Forgy, McConnell and Fletcher all together should make for an interesting evening, especially in light of Forgy fanning the flames about a potential challenge to McConnell next year.
Forgy, most recently, was quoted in a Washington Times story on Monday talking about the problems McConnell faces even among Kentucky Republicans as he prepares for his 2008 re-election.
“The average Kentuckian feels we are giving away this country with both hands — jobs are going, essentially the primacy of the people who made this country great is going, and Mitch McConnell is lumped with the Washington types on this,” Forgy told the newspaper.
Forgy has been an outspoken supporter of Fletcher throughout the governor's term -- especially during the state hiring investigation that led to indictments, pardons and more indictments. McConnell, during that time, remained publicly mute about Fletcher and declined to endorse him before expressing doubt about the governor's re-election chances.
Fletcher, meanwhile, has stopped short of endorsing McConnell's re-election.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
McConnell had pleased his Las Vegas donors earlier by persuading Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., to withdraw an amendment that would have ended the federal tax deduction for gambling losses.
The deduction costs the government millions. Coats wanted it replaced with a deduction for Americans who support scholarship programs for poor children. But the gambling industry said the deduction was crucial for its biggest bettors.
Monday, August 20, 2007
The fact that Republican Party county chairman are afraid of going on the record is another indication that McConnell is threatening Republican activists with retribution, just as he did to those supporting Governor Fletcher against Anne Northup in the spring. If the Louisville liberal continues these tactics, he can rest assured that his fate will be similar to Anne Northup's come next May.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's close backing of President Bush on immigration and the Iraq war is costing him support among Kentucky Republicans, and, according to some party members, hurting his chances for re-election next year.
He even could face a primary challenge from former Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy, who contends that Mr. McConnell's in-state problems are compounded by job losses to producers beyond America's borders.
“The average Kentuckian feels we are giving away this country with both hands —
jobs are going, essentially the primacy of the people who made this country great is going, and Mitch McConnell is lumped with the Washington types on this,” Mr. Forgy said.
“And the war in Iraq is less troublesome in Kentucky than in many other places, but it is not popular here, and Republican voters see Mitch's views as too close to the president's on the war,” said Mr. Forgy, a Lexington lawyer...
“The immigration issue is trouble for everyone in central Kentucky,” Republican state Sen. Tom Buford said. “The Iraq war is always difficult for all incumbents, even if they support pulling the troops out. It is a no-win situation when elections are at risk.”
A county party chairman who supports Mr. McConnell but asked not to be identified said Mr. McConnell's re-election next year is uncertain — despite the Capitol Hill clout he brings Kentucky — unless he shows the folks back home he understands their distrust of Washington on enforcing immigration laws.
The chairman said he has tried to tell Mr. McConnell that he needs to assure the party's base that he opposes Mr. Bush's immigration bill.
The Kentucky Republican Party, torn by the immigration issue, was further fractured when critics claimed Mr. McConnell had acted behind the scenes to back an ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge by former Rep. Anne Northup against Gov. Ernie Fletcher earlier this year. The Fletcher faction of the state Republican Party is backing the “draft Forgy” campaign.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The party "had been so divided by Louie Nunn (a former governor who backed Forgy) and Larry Forgy, it was just impossible to put back together," Hopkins said.Everyone knows these comments were ludicrous, since it was McConnell who tore the Republican Party apart, not only in 2003, but also in 1999 when he went back on his word of staying neutral:
Nunn said McConnell had told him he would remain neutral in the GOP primary, but Fletcher's selection of Bates "gives the appearance that McConnell is right in the middle of all this, and it's contrary to what he has said at least twice to me."Governor Louie Nunn was a strong backer of Larry Forgy in his race against Larry Hopkins, but it is not a given that Rep. Steve Nunn will stay out of the Senate race and endorse Forgy. Remember that Steve Nunn is far more moderate than the true conservative Forgy, and Governor Nunn endorsed Bob Gable in the 1995 primary, recording a hard-hitting radio ad against Forgy. However, it is a good sign that Rep. Nunn has so far refused to endorse McConnell, and with some encouragement, he may be able to be persuaded to stay out of the race and back Larry Forgy for the Republican nomination in 2008.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Discontent with the GOP leadership is growing within the slender band of Republican reformers in both the House and Senate. They are considering but have not decided whether to go public.This comes as no surprise, since several Republican Senators have made no secret at their disgust with McConnell's shunning of conservatives over the past few months. One Republican Senator even told Novak that McConnell "should be relieved of command for dereliction of duty."
Republican Senator Norm Coleman recently went public over the Iraq debate, saying, "at this point, I can't even tell you where Mitch is." Trent Lott also slammed McConnell over carrying the liberals' water on lobbying reform and amnesty, saying "after the exhibition I saw on immigration, I don't suspect there's going to be a lot of strength and dynamic leadership here." It appears that its just a matter of time until the national conservative leaders join the growing movement in Kentucky, and get behind Larry Forgy to provide some real leadership in the U.S. Senate.
Larry Forgy wouldn't rule out, or in, a run against Mitch McConnell next year when I asked him about that prospect at the Fancy Farm picnic. Forgy says he's glad to hear McConnell is helping Gov. Fletcher's reelection bid and the senator's help is really needed in Jefferson County where Fletcher is particularly weak. In response, McConnell told reporters "I have nothing to say to Larry Forgy."
FORGY KEEPS ADMONITION IN PLACE
Former Republican candidate for governor Larry Forgy is still indicating he could mount a primary challenge to McConnell next May. Forgy says he wouldn’t have to decide until after the November election and says it will depend on how vigorously McConnell supports Governor Fletcher’s re-election bid. Forgy disavows personal connection to signs boosting him for the senate seat at Fancy Farm and to a Draft Forgy website. But he is aware of those and other efforts to entice him into the race.
After narrowly losing the 1995 governor’s race to Democrat Paul Patton, Forgy went on to lose a race for the Kentucky Supreme Court. But he has remained active in politics and has frequently advised Fletcher.
McConnell, who has already raised millions for his race for a fifth term in 2008, is expecting a tough challenge next year.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Conservatives have been calling on McConnell to help lead the charge in cleaning up the corruption that brought our party down in 2006, but the Louisville liberal McConnell simply will not listen. Sen. Trent Lott blasted McConnell again over the issue, saying:
“After the exhibition I saw on immigration, I don’t suspect there’s going to be a lot of strength and dynamic leadership here [to oppose the lobbying reform legislation], but we’ll see,” he said, referring to GOP criticisms of McConnell’s lack of visibility during the final days of the unsuccessful immigration debate in June.
While Fletcher says that he and Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell are friends again, the governor has stopped short of saying that he'll endorse McConnell for re-election in 2008...
Fletcher wouldn't say whether he'll discourage other Republicans from challenging McConnell.
It should be noted that Fletcher also said he didn't expect to draw a GOP challenger for his re-election and ended up with two.
Justin Brasell, McConnell's general consultant for his re-election bid, said whether Fletcher endorses or not is up to the governor. But he said reports of any animosity between the two GOP leaders are exaggerated.
"No, there's no source of frustration at all," Brasell said. "I think the governor and the senator are getting along just fine."
Yeah, right. Who does Brasell think he is kidding? The Courier-Journal reported that a poll last week showed a majority of Northup/McConnell voters are supporting the Democrat Steve Beshear. Apparently the Louisville liberal McConnell thinks he is getting along with the Governor so well that he doesn't have to work any of the Louisville voters that he talked into turning on Governor Fletcher. If he keeps this up, Larry Forgy will send McConnell packing back to Louisville himself next spring.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
This comeback by Governor Fletcher is only foreshadowing next year's Senate primary in which true conservative and anti-gambling candidate Larry Forgy will hammer the Louisville liberal and Mitch "Moneyman" McConnell, who has accepted over $14,500 in campaign cash from the casino gaming industry, including $6,000 from Harrah's and $3,000 from Mandalay Resort Group. Anyone think these donations have helped the Las Vegas casino owners push their legislative agenda?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
It is no secret that McConnell's backstabbing of the Governor by recruiting Anne Northup to run against him has damaged his support in Louisville. Now, it is up to the Louisville liberal McConnell to deliver votes for Governor Fletcher in his hometown or he will face his own defeat to a true conservative, Larry Forgy, in 2008.
Among the 135 names on the list for the Aug. 28 event at the Lexington home of Dr. Russell and Jill Travis is Larry Forgy, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate and ardent Fletcher supporter who has criticized McConnell for not sticking up for the governor.
Forgy, who hasn't ruled out challenging McConnell in a primary next spring, said he's waiting to see what McConnell will do to promote Fletcher this fall, especially in the senator's hometown.
"He can be very helpful in Louisville," Forgy said.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Some morsels from the 127th annual Fancy Farm political picnic:
Someone placed fluorescent fliers on car windshields in the picnic parking lot saying, "Vote for a straight Republican. Vote Forgy U.S. Senator '08."
There was no further explanation.
Forgy, who was attending the event, said he didn't know who was responsible, but said he was aware of a Web site, www.draftforgy.com, that's encouraging him to take on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary next year.
Forgy said he wants to wait until after the governor's race is over in November before deciding whether to run. Specifically, he said he wants to see how McConnell helps Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher in the senator's hometown of Louisville.
But Forgy also wouldn't rule out challenging McConnell. "I don't see any reason to rule it in or rule it out," he said. McConnell declined to comment on his 2008 re-election or potential challengers.
Most talked about signs: On the two lane road to Fancy Farm, there were
three signs saying "Vote "straight" Republican. Vote Forgy. U.S. Senator '08."
At the picnic there were fliers placed on dozens of windshields saying "Vote A
Straight Republican. Vote Forgy U.S. Senator '08."
Mitch McConnell is married to U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and has
daughers from a previous marriage.
Forgy told me he had nothing to do with the signs but suspected one of his
supporters from Leslie County did. He said he was glad to see Mitch McConnell
actively supporting Ernie Fletcher, but wouldn't rule out, or in, the
possibility of running against McConnell in a G.O.P. primary next year.
Democrats will certainly attack Fletcher over the Merit System scandal
which resulted from the investigation of alleged violations of state hiring
laws, Forgy said.
"I think the governor's integrity is beyond reproach," he said.
He attended the picnic many times between 1966 and 1995, and Utterback
heard speeches from many candidates, including "Happy" Chandler. However, Forgy
is still one of the best stump speakers, he said.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Asked whether Republicans could muster the votes to block cloture on the lobby bill, Lott seemed to suggest Minority Leader McConnell would not take a strong stance leading Republican opposition to the bill.
“After the exhibition I saw on immigration, I don’t suspect there’s going to be a lot of strength and dynamic leadership here [to oppose the lobbying reform legislation], but we’ll see,” he said, referring to GOP criticisms of McConnell’s lack of visibility during the final days of the unsuccessful immigration debate in June.
Republican aides privately criticized McConnell for putting his re-election concerns before the leadership needs of his party; the proposed immigration reform was deeply unpopular in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, where he has said his Senate seat is targeted by Democrats.
The "ethics reform bill" now making its way through Congress marks the end, for now at least, of any serious effort to reform the earmark process. This is a sad thing for the Republican Party. Through all of modern history, up until the last two or three years, the Republicans were the party of clean government. It was the Democrats who were associated with bribes, corruption, machine politics, and so on. The idea that the current Republican leaders in Congress--I am thinking especially of Mitch McConnell--are willing to throw away this heritage, and join with the Democrats in suppressing any serious effort at reform--is profoundly depressing.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the
, said McConnell's active support for Fletcher in the fall campaign was a political necessity for the senator to ensure Republicans are united behind him when he runs for re-election in 2008. Universityof Virginia
"McConnell knows that at least until November his bread is buttered on the side of Ernie Fletcher," Sabato said Monday by telephone.
If Mitch McConnell thinks he can simply stop by a few Fletcher/Rudolph fundraisers for 10 minutes and regain the support of the Commonwealth's conservatives, he is sadly mistaken. McConnell has one last chance to hit the campaign trail and start knocking on doors, or the Republican nominee in 2008 is going to be a true conservative named Larry Forgy.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
That advantage is quickly slipping away as Larry Forgy is gaining steam. McConnell now has a choice: Either deliver for Governor Fletcher or watch your own reelection hopes continue to drop like a rock.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sounds like its about time for Larry Forgy to enter the race...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
In Eastern Kentucky, home of our legendary conservative Congressman Hal Rogers, McConnell's approval rating has now fallen to 42 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval.
In McConnell's hometown of Louisville, his approval numbers have fallen to 44 percent approval (down from 51 percent last month) and 49 percent disapproval (up from 44 percent a month ago).
In 2001, a woman sued Stumbo, claiming that he had fathered her child while he was married to another woman and then reneged on an agreement to pay support. A court later ruled that there was no agreement between Stumbo and the woman, but DNA tests proved that the child was Stumbo's. He later began paying support.
In 1991, while opposing tougher drunken-driving laws in the General Assembly, Stumbo pleaded guilty to public intoxication and paid a $100 fine after his car ran into a ditch.
However, McConnell is the last person that will be able to run on ethics as Stumbo made clear:
"I think Senator McConnell has some skeletons in his closet too. If he chooses that route, I promise him that it will be a two-way street."
We wrote recently about some potential electoral trouble in which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could find himself, should
remain in a bad state and Congressional Republicans continue to be so unpopular. Iraq
Today, more bad news for the
senator, as the state's Attorney General, Greg Stumbo, has formed an exploratory committee and is thinking about a bid in 2008. But Democrats should be warned, the race will not be a slam dunk. Kentucky
They are right on. The race will be far from a slam dunk after we nominate a true conservative in Larry Forgy. Recent stories note that while Kentucky is likely to go Republican, the odds are far greater if the Louisville liberal Mitch McConnell is not the nominee:
However, serving in Kentucky, a state likely to go strongly for the Republican Presidential nominee, may make arguments about McConnell's obstructionism moot. But if the presidential race hinges on Iraq, it could be that, by refusing to let Democrats make decisions about the war, therefore giving them responsibility for its progress, McConnell could be digging his own hole from which he'll have to extricate himself next year.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Louisville, also skipped the 5:13 a.m. vote. During the first half of the night, however, he held court in his leadership office, meeting with lawmakers and even serving dinner to many of them and their staff members. Finally, however, McConnell needed his rest.
"He went home for a nap - had to take a break from the 'theatrical display' organized by the Dems," said his spokeswoman, Julie Adams.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
McConnell said he doesn't know what Petraeus will say in September..."I don't know what's going to happen in September," he said. But if there's a stampede by Senate Republicans defecting on Iraq, he said, "No, I'm not going to lead it."Its clear that the Republican Party needs leadership on Iraq since McConnell has again been MIA over the Iraq debate. Not only does Kentucky's Republican Party need Larry Forgy, but the national GOP does as well.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The minority leader, Mitch McConnell, notes the Democrats engaged in similar guerrilla tactics when they were in the minority. But Mr. McConnell should keep in mind that voters can tell the difference between principled resistance and political showmanship. The Democrats’ former minority leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, lost his seat three years ago when he was roundly attacked by the opposition for running a partisan, obstructionist minority.
The Iraq war stands apart as a watershed issue — a downward spiral that the public increasingly sees as a colossal waste of the nation’s blood and treasure.