Guest Brian Smith contributes this piece from Heather Ryan’s campaign. She’s the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 1st District U.S. House seat.
…Heather Ryan made her debut as the most dynamic Democrat to spring from Western Kentucky since Alben Barkley. Speaking at the annual Governor Ruby Laffoon Dinner in Madisonville, KY she rocked the audience with an impassioned call to end the “culture of complacency” fostered by her opponent, republican “Exxon” Eddie Whitfield. She called out the incumbent for his many sins against the people of Kentucky; voting against the expansion of SCHIP, voting to cut veteran’s benefits while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of America, and being in the pocket of the petroleum industry at the expense of higher gas prices and further dependence on foreign oil.
Heather stated clearly her agenda for a more progressive Democratic representation for Kentucky and the country. After a standing ovation she was swarmed with constituents who had heard her story about her infamous encounter with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now that they had heard her speak they knew they had found a strong and viable candidate to unseat Whitfield and release his grip as an absentee landlord on Kentucky’s First District. The Hillbilly Jim Pence caught it all on video (see it after the jump).
Video of the event and more after the jump…
The most interesting development of the evening came when Heather’s daughter Heaven, who was there at the Maiden Alley Theater when Senator McConnell put her mother in his cross hairs, managed to work her way to the front of the crowd and tell Senator Hillary Clinton what Mitch had done to her mother. Senator Clinton seemed appalled and directed her staff to take down her information. Here’s hoping the story reaches the highest halls of Congress.