Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Courier-Journal: Thieneman Says Mitch McConnell Pressured Army To Call Erwin Roberts Up To Active Duty

The Courier-Journal had a potentially groundbreaking story this morning, when Congressional candidate Chris Thieneman said he believes that Mitch McConnell pressured the Army to call up Erwin Roberts to active duty in an attempt to pave the way for Anne Northup.

If true, potential laws could have been broken, and this could spell disaster for Mitch McConnell's chances against the John McCain-backed Larry Forgy in November. The Courier-Journal reports:

Thieneman fired his first shots at Northup yesterday. He claimed in an interview that people working on her behalf have "threatened" him in an effort to get him out of the race -- including Larry Cox, who runs Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's office in Kentucky.

He said the threats weren't of a physical nature. But he added that he had angered Northup and other Republicans and that the race would be ugly...

He said that one state representative told him he has "stirred up Anne's hornet's nest," and that Cox told him "you're going to be in a fight like you've never been in before, and it's going to be nasty."...

He also accused McConnell of being behind efforts by the party last year to clear the field for Roberts. He said "no one is going to convince me that Mitch McConnell didn't have Erwin supposedly called up."