Senate Campaign Rumor Update Dept

We hear from residents and elected officials in the Highlands neighborhood and West End area of Louisville that Greg Fischer’s campaign staff have been spotted removing Bruce Lunsford yard signs. On several occasions the signs have been replaced with Fischer signs, without permission, of course. Not surprising since many of Fischer’s staffers are the folks who did the same thing during the Yarmuth-Horne race in 2006. My question: Why bother? It’s not like there are that many Lunsford signs in the Highlands to begin with.

Numerous sources tell us that the Lunsford campaign will be releasing a petition of some sort re: the Senate race that’s signed by a number of influential types including labor officials. We can only imagine what it’s about. Our Lunsford campaign sources won’t comment on the matter but they also refuse to say it’s not happening. Joe’s hearing the same thing.

There’s also big time chatter of a bogus Fischer push poll that his campaign is itching to unleash.  Can’t get confirmation on this one, though.

Stay tuned, kids. You don’t want to miss a moment of the political gossip the next couple weeks.

Friday Afternoon Update Dept: Don’t Pee When You Read the Last Bit

Heads-Up to a U.S. Senate candidate who shall remain unnamed to save embarrassment: allowing your staff to complain to television executives for revealing your shenanigans (which are public record) isn’t becoming of an adult, let alone a political candidate.

One of Kentucky’s shining stars of political journalism (regardless of whether you agree or disagree with him) will be on Comment on Kentucky this evening. Also on tonight’s show are Mark Hebert of WHAS11 and Deborah Yetter of the C-J. This should be good. If you can’t catch it live, don’t forget to watch it on KET’s website next week or grab the regular podcast.

We mentioned Unka Steve’s approval rating earlier. Now check this SurveyUSA shiz out. “KY Approval Ratings: Uncommon Unpopularity” is the headline, followed up by photos of Dubya, Steve, Mitch and Crazy Jim Bunning.

The rumor mill: We hear (from sources very close to the event) Hillary Clinton will be in Louisville on May 9 for the KDP event and Barack Obama has been invited. Both candidates need to show their faces. KDP will be releasing details soon, but it sounds like regular folks will be able to get into the event for $50 or so. We also hear, from a source with Levy Restaurants/Churchill Downs, that the Clinton campaign has expressed “serious interest” in attending the Kentucky Derby, going so far as to contact Downs security.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairwoman Jennifer Moore just sent out an email blast attacking John McCain for dissingwait for itPORK BARRELL SPENDING. OMG. Serious. For real. “But, if you do the math, what McCain considers “Pork Barrel” spending would have a real impact on the lives of the people in Martin County who McCain addressed this week.” If you’re gonna attack McCain, fine. But is it wise to attack him for hating pork barrell spending when that’s the chief complaint Democrats’ have against Mitch McConnell? Sure, McCain is a hypocrite of a flip-flopper. But attacking him for shooting down PORK BARRELL SPENDING? Really?

It’s not just us yelling at the Gubnuh

Or Brett Hall. Or Steve Robertson. Or just Republicans.

It’s the entire flipping Commonwealth.

Heeb reports that Governor Steve Beshear’s approval rating “dropped like a rock this month” to 38%. That’s according to the latest Survey USA/WHAS11 polling data. Click here for the crosstabs.

From Heeb:

It appears Beshear is getting blamed, along with legislators, for the bickering in Frankfort and the failed 2008 Legislative session which produced a lousy state budget and no substantive pieces of legislation. Beshear failed to show much leadership on putting casinos on the ballot and raising cigarette taxes, two issues that are supported by the majority of Kentuckians.

The poll results show Beshear is doing worse among men (34%) than women (41%)

A few things this late Thursday

Brett Hall isn’t just wrong on grammar (we know it’s a Republican ploy to say Democrat instead of Democratic, but it’s getting old), he’s wrong on campaign finance (or is it his son doing the posting? we forget). Yesterday he emphatically reported that, “If Lunsford exceeds the millionaire’s threshold of personal contributions to his campaign (currently around $560,000), McConnell will be allowed to increase individual donors’ contribution limits.” in reference to the Millionaires’ Amendment. That’s incorrect. The threshold for Bruce Lunsford in the general election is $1.69 million.

Greg Fischer’s U.S. Senate campaign has yet again hopped on the hypocrisy train. In an email blast this morning, Fischer passive-aggressively attacked Bruce Lunsford for attempting to “spend whatever it takes to buy” the election. Never mind that Greg Fischer had poured at least $510,000 into his campaign coffers as of the FEC’s end of quarter reporting deadline. Kids, amateur hour was supposed to end a few weeks ago. This behavior isn’t worth of a U.S. Senate race. It’s embarrassing.

KET will begin its scheduled candidate forums on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Each forum will air live on KET1 while also being broadcast on the internets. No worries if you’re a slacker, though, because everything will be archived online. Forums air Mondays, April 21 through May 12, ending with both the Democratic and Republican U.S. Senate debates on the 12th.

Some people are still bitter over reality.

Also, everyone is freaking out that John McCain is coming to Inez or whatever. Isn’t he already the nominee? Shouldn’t he be saving his skrilla?

Hillary and McCain are tied. Because you know Kentuckians will so vote for a woman over a military dude. Heh.

Gallup Poll: Obama Has Largest Lead Yet

Barack Obama has the largest lead yet over Hillary Clinton, just days after Clinton attempted to marginalize him with rural voters.

From USAToday’s On Politics:

Three days’ worth of polling after the news broke that Sen. Barack Obama said some small-town voters are “bitter,” he has edged out to his largest lead yet in Gallup’s daily national tracking survey.

Gallup says Obama leads Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 51%-40% according to its Saturday-Monday poll of 1,312 Democrats and voters who “lean” Democratic. Yesterday, Obama lead 50%-40% (matching what had been his largest lead until today). The margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points.

Hillary’s numbers are only going to continue sinking around the country. Especially if her husband continues to marginalize young voters by telling them they’re too easily fooled.

SurveyUSA: Lunsford Increases Lead by 5%

That’s the word from the Latest SurveyUSA/WHAS11/WCPO poll on the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Bruce Lunsford has increased his support by 5% in the past two weeks. And Greg Fischer finally trounced perennial candidate David L. Williams by a whopping single percentage point. Undecideds remain unchanged at 8%.

Here are the full results:

  • Lunsford 47%
  • Fischer 9%
  • Williams 8%
  • Cassaro 5%
  • Rice 5%
  • Stepp 1%
  • Wylie 3%
  • Other 14%
  • Undecided 8%

According to the poll, Bruce takes 36% of the vote in eastern Kentucky, 47% in northern Kentucky and 49% in both Louisville and western regions. No other candidate takes more than 11% of the vote in any region.

View the crosstabs and the poll tracker.