Steve Beshear Sells Out at the Last Minute

The Beshear-Mongiardo campaign has pulled an Ernie Fletcher. At the last minute Beshear has been sucked into a hate-filled Republican trap and has responded to negative robocalls like a sucker.

The response? This anti-gay rant from Rev. John Dunaway, former president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention:

I’m Rev. John Dunaway. The negative calls you’ve received about Steve Beshear are not true. Ernie Fletcher has been spreading lies to scare you. Don’t fall for those last minute dirty tricks.

Steve Beshear was raised in a family of preachers and [inaudible] values grounded in his faith. Steve believes marriage should be between a man and a woman and he believes we need a governor who will put the people of Kentucky first.

Please join me in voting tomorrow for Steve Beshear for governor.

Paid for by Beshear-Mongiardo for Governor. 502.607.8600.

Listen here:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/beshear_response_call.mp3]

How is this a necessary response?

This comes after Jonathan Miller and others told me via e-mail (about two weeks ago) that Steve Beshear was not homophobic and had no discriminatory bones in his body. If he’s not afraid of the gays– why produce this junk that legitimizes desperate activity and send it out to thousands of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth? Why give in to the Republican playbook of scare tactics?

This response is out of fear and is nothing more than homophobic behavior. Democratic politics could do without it. The call was unnecessary and there’s no excuse for it. It has no bearing on this election.

Breaking: Fletcher’s Illegal Anti-Gay Robocalls – UPDATED

BlueGrassRoots is reporting that robocalls are being made across the state today originating from a pro-gay organization that doesn’t exist. The calls allegedly are in support of Steve Beshear. Regular readers may be aware that this sort of activity is highly illegal and a blatant violation of campaign finance law.

KRS 121.015(7)(c),(12) identifies independent expenditures as being made without coordination, consultation or cooperation with candidates or campaigns. If we find that calls are being made in coordination with Fletcher in any way, you can bet a Kentucky Registry of Election Finance complaint will be promptly filed.

Further, independent expenditures are subject to KREF filing requirements and must report directly to the Registry. If an organization or individual isn’t properly reporting to KREF, that’s another complaint waiting to happen.

Do these fools have no morals or boundaries when it comes to hate and ignorance? Fletcher’s gay sidekicks should be ashamed.

Note to readers: Please send us an audio clip or transcript of the calls.

UPDATE 12:25: Via BlueGrassRoots we have the audio of the call:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/gayrobocall.mp3]

Transcript:

“For the first time in 20 years the homosexual lobby proudly endorses a Kentucky candidate for governor, Steve Beshear. Beshear is receiving major support from out-of-state gay activists and has publicly committed to same-gender relationships, employment of more homosexuals in state government including teachers, and support for homosexual adoption of children.

If you believe these rights are fair please vote for Steve Beshear for governor. Visit Fairness.org.”

Note that the ad does NOT include legally required “Paid for by” language. The call leads recipients to believe it’s from Fairness.org, which is an absolute lie. This is a blatant violation of campaign finance law.

UPDATE 1:20: PolWatchers has an update to this ongoing story with quotes from Beshear, Fletcher and the Fairness Campaign. Seems no one wants to take credit for the illegal call, but Fletcher’s spokesperson Jason Keller made it a point to call Beshear out for being gay-friendly, “Certainly there’s a fair question to be asked there.” Pot calling kettle?

UPDATE 4:15: We’ve received reports that the robocall originates from a telephone number owned by Lee Murphy of Poli-Tech Consulting – an organization that works only for Democrats in Kentucky – including Dan Mongiardo’s 2004 campaign. I spoke to Mr. Murphy moments ago and he confirms that he’s absolutely not involved, saying he “would never work against a Democrat” and that he’s actually friends with Mongiardo.

So where does this leave us? It appears a Republican or anti-Beshear lackey has an ax to grind and is wrongly claiming Poli-Tech is behind the robocall.

Someone is trying to cover up their tracks.

Stay tuned. More to come.

Don’t forget! Elephant in the room!

Democrats and Republicans who know how to think for themselves should not forget the elephant in the room this Tuesday. We encourage all people who don’t hate gays, women or non-christians to refrain from voting in the race for Kentucky Treasurer.

We also encourage Todd Hollenbach to keep in mind that we will not be allowing him to get far without a complete denouncement of Frank Simon’s bigoted endorsement. We’re hearing from individuals at the KDP and from within Todd’s own circle that Jonathan Miller’s soon-to-be old office is the end of Todd’s political career if he doesn’t come to his senses.

Ernest Lee & Pat Boone: Suspicious Homophobes

What is it with Ernie Fletcher? What on earth is with his fixation of openly hating gay people as often as possible? It’s too bad we have morals or we’d out his gay campaign staffers and gay cabinet members. Surely they’re ashamed of the giant idiot this guy has proven to be.

We thought the race for governor couldn’t get any more hilarious. Til now.

Pat Boone has produced two robo calls in support of Ernest Lee. They’re paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky, of course. Put your beverage down before proceeding. Don’t say you weren’t warned. (And make sure you don’t need to tinkle before hitting play.)

Here’s a gem from one of the calls:

“His opponent is so ultra-liberal he’s just been enthusiastically endorsed by C-FAIR, a prominent gay rights advocacy group. They’re convinced Beshear is their guy. Now you have to ask, ‘Do you really want Kentucky to become another San Francisco?’ Please re-elect Ernie Fletcher.”

The 30-second spot:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/pboone30.mp3]

And a longer, more hate-filled 60-second spot:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/pboone60.mp3]

These kooks can’t lose quickly enough with their anti-gay tripe.

The Elephant in the Room: Todd Hollenbach

This is painful to write. Please stick with me through another rant.

Voters should not cast their ballot on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 for Democrat Todd Hollenbach for Treasurer. Not suggesting anyone should vote for Melinda Wheeler, the Administrative Office of the Courts hack who wants to abolish an entire constitutional office, but you absolutely should not vote for Hollenbach.

From day one I went to bat for Todd as he appeared to be an intelligent, progressive guy with a great heart. He served on the Kentucky Human Rights Commission. He pledged a financial literacy program the entire country could envy. He possessed an amazing comprehension of facts and an even better understanding of the office for which he is running.

Unfortunately, Todd has joined the ranks of bigoted haters and refuses to disavow. He has publicly, privately, loudly, quietly and every way in between praised his recent endorsement (PDF Link) by crazy Frank Simon and the Freedom’s Heritage Forum. And he has given those nutsos cash contributions.

Common sense would seem to dictate that Todd would denounce this horrible endorsement in the same manner in which Jonathan Miller has done. Would seem even more of a reasonable situation upon learning that Todd has many gay loved ones in his family. But that’s not the case. He’s ignorantly standing up in support of hate with the likes of Ernie Fletcher and Stan Lee. Todd may not personally be a bigot but his actions are impossible to ignore. To think I raised money for this guy!

I have absolutely grown to love and adore members of Todd’s extended family over the past two years. They’re wonderful people who contribute to society in ways you could never imagine without knowing them personally. So my decision to denounce Todd’s behavior should have no bearing on the way his family is viewed. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do.

Just needs to be said that Todd Hollenbach does not deserve your vote. Not even if he decides to publicly denounce the Simon endorsement. It’s a shame and an absolute embarrassment that the Kentucky Democratic Party and organized labor across the Commonwealth are blindly supporting hatred by advocating the election of Todd.

Saddened,

Jacob Payne

Idiots Invade, Grayson Attacked

Last night PolWatchers was the victim of an idiot invasion. Commenters on Pat Crowley’s blog have the story and seem to pretty much be spot-on.

Bigots came out of the blue to ignorantly attack Trey Grayson for having a *gasp* known homosexual on his staff. Oh, the horrors! Oh noes! The gays are among us, Pam! Went so far as grossly attacking said staffer. Thankfully, the H-L folks deleted the commentary but the issue is still hot.

Who gives a flying fuck (yes, I used it– don’t let your kids read this one) about the sexual orientation of anyone’s staff? What bearing does an individual’s sexual orientation have on their ability to do great work? And where do bigots get off attacking someone who is not in the public eye? This isn’t 1920s Mobile, Alabama. We aren’t burning crosses in Ernesto Scorsone’s front yard. Dan Mongiardo is no longer leading the anti-gay hate march like he did in 2004. This is modern America and we’re in the year 2007. Homophobia and other prejudices should be over and done.

No one is certain where the attacks originated. Could be individuals affiliated with the Hendrickson campaign. Could be the Fletcher camp. Or it could be Grayson’s former campaign manager who was let go. Regardless, this is sickening. Not to mention bad for Democrats if it’s coming from that direction. Would only serve to push more Democratic voters toward Grayson if they knew he didn’t hate the gays, right?

This is not an endorsement of Trey Grayson in any way, shape or form. But let’s get one thing clear: Trey Grayson is not a bigot. He’s not sexist. He’s not a homophobe. And he certainly doesn’t make crass judgments as many in his gay-hating party do. Trey’s not the devil on social issues so Democrats and Republicans need to get over it.