Fischer told us why he shouldn’t run

Greg Fischer spoke to Ted Shlechter— the only person who appears to care about him– last Wednesday at the Metro Democratic Club in Louisville.

While speaking to Ted in generalities, Fischer said people shouldn’t be allowed to buy elected office in Washington.

Here’s an excerpt:


So… the obviously question should be… what on earth makes Greg Fischer think anyone would be cool with him (an absolute unknown) using his money to buy an election?

Fischer, Cassaro, Hollenbach – All in One Room

A muckraker’s dream come true! Even without alcohol.

Joe Sonka at BlueGrassRoots has the skinny on last night’s event:

I spoke with Greg Fischer briefly. I asked him about Iraq, and he started giving an answer about how he’d like to see us leave as soon as possible. It kind of ended abruptly when Schlechter pulled a recorder out. He didn’t seem too fond of expanding on policy on tape… I was going to ask him why he donated to Anne Northrup and how many other Republicans he’s donated to. But I already know the answer to that and had no bourbon, so I didn’t bother.

I spoke with Dr. Michael Cassaro as well. He kind of begged me to ask him questions, so I obliged. He was against the Iraq War, and I was about to ask him why he gave money to Republican campaigns, when one of my friends came over to introduce herself. She looked into his eyes and gave a VERY honest opinion about how he doesn’t have a chance and we need to avoid a nasty primary. She said that we don’t need to waste five months fighting each other, we need to start focusing on Mitch right now. It lasted about 10 minutes (or at least it seemed like it). And honestly, I looked at Cassaro, and….. I wouldn’t say he was crying, per se, but he was definitely welling up. He was kind of speechless. I was, frankly, in awe. It was rather stunning to see a citizen make a Senate candidate have that reaction. I’m thinking that $20 million in McConnell attacks ad would be slightly worse. You do the math.

And I also ran into one Todd Hollenbach (who I’ve heard refers to me as his “nemesis”). Jake got a hold of him first, and tried explaining to him how he really needs to publicly renounce Frank Simon, not just because it is the right thing to do, but that it would come back to haunt him politically. Todd continued to change the subject and refused to renounce Simon. I bit my tongue for the most part, but finally told him that it’s never wise to associate yourself with crazy bigots. That pretty much ended the conversation, and he was outta there.

Our thoughts after the jump…

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Senate 08 Hopefuls & Awkward Commentary

Ryan Alessi has a great story today about potential senate contenders. A good read for a quick what-for in Democratic senatorial politics today. But we have to take issue with some of it.

Fischer didn’t return a call to his office, but his friend Matthew Barzun, a Louisville businessman and Democratic activist, said Fischer “is lining up support for a run.” He will make a formal announcement soon, Barzun added.

If the Browns of Louisville, who in the past have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for George Bush, think their Republican-lite friend Greg Fischer will be a good candidate purely because he has their financial backing, they’ll be squarely rejected. The Browns and other big name raisers need to think outside of their elite circle for a change. An honest change. Big business is not the answer.

Democratic leaders are insisting that the party isn’t panicking to find someone to take on McConnell, the U.S. Senate Republican leader who has shown some vulnerability in recent polling.

This is true. Democrats aren’t panicking to find a candidate because Democrats aren’t doing anything. Nothing at all. Aside from holding a fundraiser or two.

“There’s no question the Democratic Party will have a strong candidate in the race,” said U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, who took himself out of the party’s Senate sweepstakes weeks ago. “Who runs, I don’t think, is nearly as much of an issue as the political atmosphere and climate that exists.”

Ben Chandler is off his rocker if he doesn’t think the candidate we select matters. Greg Fischer, who has contributed to Republicans and never been active politically? Charlie Owen, a good man who absolutely couldn’t win or even hope to be a solid candidate because he’s never had the support necessary? Please. It matters. If we don’t run our strongest candidate– with no baggage– we have absolutely no hope of defeating Mitch McConnell.

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