We’re typically big fans of any organization opposing Mitch McConnell. But this bunch is the worst of the worst:
On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave the commencement speech at Kentucky’s Murray State University. A group of students is opposed to McConnell’s address, pointing to his record voting against support for higher education. Recall that McConnell, for example, opposed a student loan overhaul that removed big banks as a middleman in federal student lending.
They started a petition that has 913 signatures and held demonstrations on campus against the pick. I talked to Murray State senior and political science major Devin Griggs, one of the organizers against McConnell who is starting a new progressive student group called CORE — Campus Organization for Racer Empowerment (the Racer is the mascot of the school).
“McConnell’s voting record is completely anti higher education, anti education in general,” explained Griggs in his opposition to McConnell’s commencement address. CORE not only campaigned against McConnell’s address, but will also work to change the Board of Regents policy in the future regarding speakers.
CORE will be asking every Board of Regents member to in the future make sure that no public official Democrat or Republican can be featured as a commencement speaker to ensure that the event is not politicized.
They go into states, run a couple dinky ads, raise a bunch of cash and leave the state, never investing in the state or working to accomplish a goal other than raising money to pay themselves.
Beyond playing pat-a-cake with McConnell, the group attempted to mess around in the campaign against Paul Ryan. When it tried spending money in the district for its usual fundraising effort, it demanded that the campaign against Ryan pony up its database (this is confirmed by two of that campaign’s officials) – a violation of federal election law.
PCCC is attempting to do the same thing in Kentucky and would be wise to stop attempting to screw things up for those working to actually accomplish something.