Jim King Update: Damage Control?

We reported yesterday that Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King attended a fundraiser for Mitch McConnell the evening prior.

After taking some heat, it appears, Councilman King has said he does not support McConnell or the war in Iraq.

King now says he was present at the event (without contributing) because three of his friends/business partners were there. And because he wanted to discuss airport funding. Definitely a reason King would want to be around McConnell. But at a Republican-held and Republican-sponsored fundraiser publicized by McConnell’s campaign? That’s more than a little dangerous politically.

There are far better methods of communicating with Kentucky’s Washington core that are far less controversial for a Democratic official soon to be up for re-election.

See what King had to say in his e-mailed statement released to Page One after the jump:

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Prominent Louisville Democrat Supporting McConnell

It may be commonplace for Larry Bisig, owner of Bisig Communications, to host a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And it’s no shocker that business magnates like Todd Blue, Gus Goldsmith, Patti Swope and snake oil salesman Jim Host would serve as co-hosts for the event.

What may come as a surprise to many, however, is that Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King (D-10th) shelled out $500 to attend. King was the last person anti-war protesters expected to see leaving an event usually filled with Republican business leaders. But that’s who they saw: Jim King, faux Democrat, who nearly fainted when he realized he’d been caught.

Peep the invite and more on King after the jump…

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Breaking: Trent Lott is Gay

Far be it from us to jump on any bandwagon but this has legs. Sen. Trent Lott resigned unexpectedly today and for unspecified reasons– other than to state he wants to spend more time with his family.

Big Head DC is now reporting that Trent Lott is the latest GOP hypocrite to be outed as a known homosexual. Lott is alleged to have had numerous encounters with gay escort Benjamin Nicholas. Here’s the skinny:

Benjamin Nicholas. One of the politicos Big Head DC has learned he’s alleged to have been involved with is the married Sen. Trent Lott, 66, who unexpectedly announced his retirement on Monday. Lott is well-known to have been against a plethora of gay rights issues throughout his terms in Congress. He was also good friends with Sen. Larry Craig throughout his time in Congress.

Nicholas told Big Head DC today via e-mail that he didn’t want to go on the record to talk about his dealings with Lott, because, said Nicholas, “Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I don’t want to add to it.” However, e-mail and other records confirm that the two have met on at least two occasions.

In a subsequent e-mail message, Nicholas confirmed that another publication is working on a story about a “possible relationship” between Lott and himself, but Nicholas also “politely declined” an interview for that story.

Trent Lott is the second most powerful Republican in the country. Next in line to Mitch McConnell, the senate minority leader. Lott’s resignation at a time when he’s just beginning to regain momentum is suspicious in and of itself.

We anxiously await the Larry Flynt story in the days to come.

Say it with us: “OH SNAP!”

UPDATE @ 8:06 P.M.: Benjamin Nicholas, via his blog, has the following to say:

It looks like a Washington DC-based blog called BigHeadDC is making claim that there was (or, is) a working relationship between myself and Senator Trent Lott. There are falsely pieced-together quotes that serve no purpose other than to sensationalize a completely fabricated scoop.

I will continue to offer a great sense of confidentiality to the people I see. I have not, nor have I ever seen or had contact with Senator Trent Lott. It’s as simple as that. It never happened.

State Republicans Upset with 527s

Now they’re troubled by section 527 of the IRS code. Now that the tables have been turned and Democrats are beginning to swiftboat (we use that term loosely) Republicans with facts.

Senate President David Williams and Senator Damon Thayer are up in arms over the Bluegrass Freedom Fund’s barrage of advertisements during the recently passed general election. The ads, you’ll recall, trashed Ernie Fletcher with truths about indictments and scandal. One of those ads is still above the masthead of this very website.

Thayer says he’s preparing to file legislation that will require greater reporting and revelations about 527 financiers. But. Uh. There’s kind of a problem here: 527s are governed by federal statute, not state. And 527s are loved and defended by people like Mitch McConnell. (AKA money equals free speech) So we’re pretty sure nothing’s gonna change to drastically alter current reporting guidelines. Sure Kentucky can pass restrictions but come on. Let’s see who whines the most throughout the next several weeks. Bet dollars to donuts that it’s the Swiftboaters who will turn right around in 2008 to trash Democratic Senate and Presidential nominees. Just betting.

Where were David and Damon in 2004 when Republicans like Jim Patterson (not the author) were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth? Incalculable damage was done by their hatred and lies. Where were they in 2006 when it was revealed that Steve Henry had broken the law? Neither would pay attention until lawsuits were filed and stories were written by Ryan Alessi in 2007– they totally blew us off. Now that Ernest Lee is toast they’re livid. Bruised egos? What?

Too little too late, boys. Way too little. Way too late.

Loosen Your Belt in Preparation for Tomorrow Update Dept

Happy early Thanksgiving, readers. We appreciate you. That’s why we’ll always make it clear when we have biases and will never sell out. Now’s a good time to remind everyone that our editorial team is not influenced by advertisers. The two are separate like church and state and we feel it’s absolutely essential for maintaining integrity. So if you ever see an ad for 9udy 11iuliani? Don’t get any hare-brained ideas.

We’re here to be critical of Republicans and Democrats alike. That seems to be paying off. So far we have received more than 200 tips via confidential e-mail and we’re thankful for that. Keep sending the dirt!

To our blogger friend recycling our story ideas every few days without attribution: Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Imitation is flattering.

Shortsighted corruption and updates after the jump!

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Jim Gooch: Embarrassment, Should be Ousted

Rep. Jim Gooch needs to resign immediately. If he doesn’t, we’ll spend our own money fielding a primary challenger for the Western Kentucky democrat. Gooch is an example of House Speaker Jody Richards’ failed leadership. He should never have been appointed.

He got his ass handed to him on Good Morning America this weekend. What an embarrassment.

Here are some highlights. Try not to laugh when the host makes him look like an absolute fool. We especially love when he’s called out for personally benefiting from his votes as a coal industry hack.




Don’t forget: You can call Gooch to express your outrage at his stupidity.Who wants to run against him in the primary? Anyone from Hopkins, McLean, Webster or Daviess counties want to step up to the plate? We’ll help you raise money. Shoot me an e-mail if you’re interested.

Jim Gooch: The Nut that Keeps On Giving

Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch brought his weird in-denial-about-global-warming circus to Frankfort last week. And we’ve all thrown up a little in our mouths as a result. But who thought he was crazier than he seemed a few days ago?

We didn’t talk much about one of Gooch’s “experts” last week, Lord Christopher Monckton, a guy who calls himself a journalist. Monckton has an interesting past and an obscure world view on things like holding insane beliefs about HIV/AIDS. In John Cheves’ Herald-Leader story about Gooch (Nov 15th) we learn a bit about Monckton’s stance:

Lord Christopher Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is a British journalist and onetime adviser to then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Monckton generated controversy during the 1980s with his recommendation — which he repeated for lawmakers yesterday — that people diagnosed with HIV or AIDS be locked up for life.

“Twenty years ago we could have stopped this disease from spreading worldwide by treating it just like any other fatal, infectious disease, by making it notifiable, so people who got it were isolated — and in the kindest and nicest way — but isolated so they couldn’t spread it to everybody else,” he said.

Eyes bulging out of their sockets? How does one begin to break down the serious holes in that logic?

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