Bevin Volunteer Plea Emails Get Even More Sad

Ouch. Matt Bevin’s volunteer outreach efforts have gotten more sad than we thought possible.

Here’s the latest:

Sent: 10/9/2013 11:51:08 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Bevin – in-office help needed

Louisville area Bevin volunteers:

The campaign has many clerical and other tasks where we could use your assistance in the office. From now through the end of the year, if you ever have a few hours available where you could help the campaign, please come to Matt Bevin Campaign headquarters (11902 Brinley Ave, Suite 201, Louisville) between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Someone in the office can put you to work doing any of the following:

Preparing materials to send to county coordinators

Entering volunteer data into spreadsheets

Answering the campaign phone

Helping with donation tracking

Scheduling delivery of yard signs, bumper stickers, etc. to supporters

We will send this reminder email every couple of weeks soliciting for your presence in the office. Thanks so much for all you are doing on behalf of Matt and liberty.


Alan Claypool
Volunteer, Matt Bevin campaign

What happened to being able to pour a bunch of his own money into the campaign?

Anyone who can afford to drop a few hundred thousand dollars can afford to pay people to handle campaign finance. That’s not something to play pat-a-cake with.

Note: Bevin also hired another out-of-stater to help with communications. Her name is Rachel Semmel and she’s from Indiana but has been in Washington, D.C. for at least six years.

The Bevin Campaign Is As Sad As You Thought

You already know Matt Bevin is thirsty. Desperate. Clinging to political relevance like Greg Stumbo clings to lifts in his cheap cowboy boots.

So of course Bevin’s folks sent this desperate volunteer newsletter out a couple days ago:

Sent: 10/6/2013 2:37:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Bevin-missing your phone #–candidate flyer, & Matt near you

TAC, need hyperlink to mudslingingmitch in second to last paragraph. Don’t forget to delete this present sentence to you before sending.

Loyal Bevin Supporter,

These are extremely exciting days in the Matt Bevin for US Senate campaign!

If you are reading this, we are missing your phone #. We need it if you’d like a phone call letting you know Matt’s in your area, either speaking at or attending an event. We can’t do that without your phone number, though. Matt is charging hard, all over the state, and enthusiasm about his message is spreading like wildfire, especially within the past few weeks.

If you’re interested in knowing when he’s near and perhaps helping with an event (or better yet, spearheading one), please respond to this email with your phone number(s). You have our word that we will never sell or distribute your number to anyone outside the Matt Bevin campaign. Absolutely never. Along with your phone number, you are welcome to throw in your address, including and especially your county. We typically sort by county when providing Bevin event notifications.

Due to expense, we are not planning on spending campaign money, much of which you have kindly donated (thank you, oh, thank you!), on mailing out bumper stickers, brochures, lapel pins, and yard signs (when we get the yard signs-they’re in the works). However, since I will already have your email, I am more than thrilled to get you in touch with your County Coordinator who will have these items available for pickup and distribution. I just need you to tell me you want to be put in touch. We have county coordinators in most counties now, and are rapidly filling these posts with knowledgeable and dynamic folks who are eager to both help and engage you. For quick and simple handout flyers, I have attached a Candidate Comparison that you can print and distribute at will.

Bevin campaign support has exploded in recent weeks with McConnell’s unbelievable cloture vote on Obamacare. Many Kentuckians are finally taking notice for the first time. To the media, McConnell has always tried to portray himself as an Obamacare opponent. Many Kentuckians believed him too…..until his vote last week. The measure of a man is not in what he says, but what he does. Kentuckians well know this, and see Mitch’s action for what it is.

Speaking of believing Mitch, if you hear of any still bothered by Mitch’s inane slander about Matt, please point them to The site fully hits this libelous nonsense head-on and provides links to actual source documentation which cites the real facts.

Thank you so much for your continued support in helping us spread the Matt Bevin message. Keep your eyes and ears open. If you have an idea of how to help the campaign, feel free to just go for it! You do not need to ask our permission. Alert us to big events in your area if you’re unsure the campaign’s aware. And please don’t ever hesitate to contact us if you think we can help in any way.

We would love to see you at a nearby event and have you tell all your friends about it too. Please continue to have them sign up as a volunteer on Once they do that, we can let them know where Matt will be next too. In the meantime, please hit reply and give us your phone number if you will. Thanks so much. Matt is so very grateful for your support. I hope you have some idea what it means.

In liberty,

Leeann Veatch
Matt Bevin for US Senate
Volunteer Management

It’s like watching a sad chicken pluck its feathers out. Or watching a hypocritical journalist in Louisville pretend he isn’t involved in what he’s writing about.

Oh – they attached this flyer to the email:


We’re not entirely sure what he was attempting to accomplish with the flyer but we can think of a million better ways to hit Mitch McConnell.

Bevin Becomes Fodder For Newspaper Folks

The real scandal isn’t Will Coursey but the statewide elected official who aspires to higher office. A guy who flirted with interns, dated them, hired people who he wanted to bed, etc. It’ll catch up with him because he’s now stepping on the toes of folks who put him where he is. [H-L]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warned Thursday that a coming Supreme Court case that could ultimately eliminate certain campaign contribution limits is a “clear danger” that threatens to expand the influence of large and wealthy corporations on elections. [HuffPo]

Just in case you were one of the few yokels who thought Matt Bevin was serious? Not even A Kentucky Newspaper, which hates Mitch McConnell, sees him as a threat. He’s in Some Dude Named Bill Johnson territory now. [C-J/AKN]

A national conservative organization is buying another round of media ads against Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, who is up for re-election in Kentucky in 2014. [Roll Call]

Facing rising costs and an aging population, the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System will ask lawmakers to kick in about $400 million each year starting in the next two-year budget. [CN|2]

Predictions on how long it takes this Texas business that’s attempting to malign Kentucky bourbon to go out of business? No one is going to waste their time on non-Kentucky bourbon. [Click the Clicky]

Have you seen the letter that Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson “wrote” that’s appearing in small town papers around the state? It’s all about how they’re the saviors of health care. [Floyd County Times]

Oh, wait, here’s a Beshear letter in the big city newspaper all about saving health care. You should put aside your partisan b.s. and read it, folks. [NY Times]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s request to allow voters to increase their own taxes faces an uphill climb, as opinions remain mixed in the Metro about the proposal’s costs. [WAVE3]

The U.S. Department of Justice spent millions of dollars purchasing small unarmed drones for domestic use over the last decade, but the department lacks a comprehensive policy for the unmanned aircraft — despite growing concern about their use. [HuffPo]

Just when you thought Jim Gray was going to do something on his own accord, he again decided to saddle himself with even more of the Jerry Lundergan-Dale Emmons-Greg Stumbo world. [H-L]

Declaring that “human influence on the climate system is clear,” a U.N.-assembled panel of scientists reported Friday that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” [NPR]

Two more quasi-governmental agencies have filed suit to pull out of the state’s troubled retirement system, arguing that they should have never been allowed to join the pension plan more than a decade ago. [C-J/AKN]

The Best U.S. Senate Photo Moment In History

This photo is brazenly stolen from Joe Gerth but it is too hilarious not to share:


That’s notorious bigot Frank Simon, Matt Bevin’s cheap ass sign, Matt Bevin and David Adams.

Now you know why Bevin’s campaign sucks harder than a … (we were going to say something referencing Greg Stumbo and Kent Downey but stopped ourselves)… is terrible. It’s because Frank Simon and David Adams are directly involved.


Corporate Welfare: Great. Food Stamps: Devil.

Poverty rates increased in Kentucky in 2012 and the state had one of the top five poverty rates in the United States at 19.4 percent, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. [H-L]

The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. [HuffPo]

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new carbon emissions standards Friday for U.S. coal-fired plants. Why, exactly, is Alison Grimes pretending to be a coal candidate? She’s not and that’s why Democrats support her. [Ronnie Ellis]

It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse. [ProPublica]

The Legislative Research Commission said Thursday it gave prompt and appropriate attention to sexual harassment complaints made in February by two women staff members against then-state Rep. John Arnold. [Pee Alert]

Businessman Matt Bevin, the Republican running to the right of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said last year that he was “disheartened” by what he saw as a growing “ideological divide” in America. [WaPo]

How on earth is Oakwood still open? A second man now faces charges in connection to an abuse case at a center for the developmentally disabled. [WKYT]

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved sweeping reforms to the nation’s food stamp program that would cut some $40 billion in nutrition aid over 10 years and deny benefits to millions starting in 2014. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear has paid a visit to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to discuss issues of mutual interest, including the ongoing work to construct bridges across the Ohio River to connect the two states at Louisville. [H-L]

Hal Rogers, Brett Guthrie, Andy Barr, Ed Whitfield and Thomas Massie all voted to cut food stamp benefits. John Yarmuth voted against cuts. [Click the Clicky]

According to Morningstar, Kentucky’s pension systems are absolute disasters. While more than half of all states fall below Morningstar’s fiscally sound threshold of a 70% funding ratio? Kentucky’s three main plans are nightmarish. [Page One]

Kentucky will receive a total of $5.49 million in grant funding to support skills training capacity building at community colleges and other public institutions across the state. Gateway Community & Technical College received $2,742,797,West Kentucky Community & Technical College received $2,754,866 as part of a $23,869,372 consortia led by Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois. [White House Release]

Bevin’s Mind Just Like A Bell: Empty, Ringing

Matt Bevin is right. People have to make a decision about who is best to lead them going forward. Usually, that person is required to have the most basic grasp on government and law in the United States of America. Especially when they’re running for the United States Senate.

Here he is demonstrating not only his supreme ignorance of the document he claims to represent but his unbelievable unpreparedness for the job he wants:

Really, we’re being too nice in claiming he’s ignorant.

This is more important than Matt Bevin:

No One Surprised By Thieneman’s Latest Move

U.S. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, and GOP challenger Matt Bevin served up the sharpest exchanges of the 2014 U.S. Senate race Tuesday at Constitution Day ceremonies at the University of Kentucky. You’ll want to read this because Bevin comes off as dumber than anyone ever thought. [H-L]

The percentage of Americans living in poverty remained steady last year at 15 percent after rising for several years in the wake of the recession, while the number of people without health insurance fell slightly to 48 million, U.S. government data released on Tuesday showed. [Reuters]

Mitch McConnell blamed President Barack Obama for a loss of coal jobs even though the company shedding workers cited other factors? Surely not! [C-J/AKN]

Just after 1 a.m. this past Sunday, police in Shreveport, La., stumbled upon a horrifying scene at the city’s Cedar Grove neighborhood. Lying on the pavement with a gunshot wound in his upper body was Sidney Thomas. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s latest anti-McConnell attack site is embarrassingly bad. It’s not that Mitch thinks Bevin is part of the lunatic fringe – it’s that most Kentuckians KNOW he is. [Teabagger Meltdown]

Looks like that guy from Murray State has a hot mess on his hands these days. [The Advocate]

Whoopsiedaisy? Social Security attorney Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty Friday, in Franklin Circuit Court, to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to recruit a straw donor to contribute to a Supreme Court candidate. [Floyd County Times]

The Census Bureau released its income, poverty and health insurance numbers for 2011 on Wednesday and contrary to expectations, poverty was essentially unchanged, falling from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 15 percent in 2011. But more and more poverty experts are dismissing the official poverty figure. What gives? [WaPo]

Hoo boy, Karma really is a bitch. An awesome bitch that you will love after reading this. Chris Thieneman, a former candidate for Louisville Metro mayor and Kentucky Senate, was arrested Monday in connection with an altercation with a woman near the intersection of North Ewing Avenue and Brownsboro Road. [C-J/AKN]

It was only a coincidence that Larry Summers withdrew as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman five years to the day after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But it was, in a way, fitting: Mr Summers’s surprise decision, conveyed in a letter to Barack Obama on September 15th, would not have been necessary without the forces unleashed by Lehman’s failure in 2008. [The Economist]

The Sheriff’s Department in Elliot County is looking for two people responsible for a case of suspected animal hoarding. [WKYT]