BREAKING: Chris Thieneman Running for Congress

That’s the word from Chris Thieneman, the on-again, off-again Republican candidate for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. Congress.

He says he’s got commitments for more than $100,000 from at least 50 political supporters. Thieneman told us Friday night that he’s committed to the race.

Thieneman said it will be a good, clean, honest campaign. “I was trained to step on the field and play by the rules,” he said.

There has been plenty of pressure, he said, from Republican Party officials to drop out of the race, but he told us that he made the decision to run long ago, but waited until now to make it official. He said a Courier-Journal deadline for providing biographical information prompted him to make his announcement now, rather than in early May.

He’ll face Anne Northup in the May 20 Republican primary. The winner will face incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth this fall.

Trey Grayson, Jennifer Moore, Steve Robertson, Nathan Smith All Up on KET’s Kentucky Tonight

Pat Crowley has the skinny, which he swiped from KET:

Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Boone County Republican, and Kenton County Democratic Party Vice Chairman Nathan Smith of Fort Mitchell are among the guests slated for Kentucky Tonight, broadcast 8 p.m. Monday on KET. Also on the panel are Democratic Party Chairwoman Jennifer Moore and GOP Chairman Steve Robertson.

This is just a prediction, but, uh, we’re pretty sure the Republicans will “win” with this appearance so long as they learn how to say Democratic. The Democrats may hold their own if they, as well, are able to say Democratic. The least we could do is put up Jack Conway.

Set your TiVo/DVR, ladies, because this will be hilarious. Maybe Trey will thank Jennifer for wrongly painting him as a racist bigot. Maybe Jennifer will apologize by telling the public that it was just the Beshear crew’s way of initiating her (getting her to run the nasty, sickening ad).

For the record: No, we don’t ever get over race baiting.

Faux Rights Group Slanders David Williams

As Ben reports, the faux rights organization Kentucky Equality Federation has killed the last remaining ounce of credibility it allegedly had.

The organization is no longer making up names of board members and claiming a legal counsel who isn’t a member of the Kentucky Bar Association (because she allegedly doesn’t exist). Nor are they attempting to ruin the credibility of the long-standing Kentucky Fairness Alliance as the org has done in the past. Nope. Wait for it.

The “Federation” is now claiming that Senate President David Williams is gay.

Take a look:

Monday, March 31, 2008
Family in the Kentucky Senate?

A blogger claims there is homosexuality (or same-sex acts) in the top ranks of the Kentucky Senate. Click here to read.

This is ridiculous. Even if the man was a known homosexual, why on earth is a self-proclaimed gay rights organization (aka front group for cash) spreading such information? Without any evidence but nasty rhetoric, the group is, of course, attempting to assassinate Senator Williams’ character. He may be a first-rate hack, but this is low.

We call on the Senator to rebuke this horse crap of a nasty allegation immediately. And on the Republican Party of Kentucky to dig their nails into the Kentucky Equality Federation. Anyone who has contributed funds to this organization should request a refund and the Secretary of State should revoke their non-profit status.

Attacks like this should not be tolerated in today’s society.

RPK Attacks House Democrats

Finally! News out of Frankfort! But it’s still about Hillary. Ugh. Make. It. Stop.

The Republican Party of Kentucky just issued a press release about House Democrats closing up shop to rally for Hillary:

DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS BLOW OFF COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO RALLY WITH EX-PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson today blasted House Democrat legislators for blowing off their elected duties to attend a political rally where Bill Clinton was campaigning for his wife, Senator Clinton.

At least one piece of legislation, Senate Bill 148, fell victim to the Democrat legislators’ political play day. The House committee set to hear the bill was cancelled after most of the panel’s 12 members failed to show up.

This bill, sponsored by Republican State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) would require greater disclosure for groups promoting or opposing constitutional amendments, such as the controversial Bluegrass Freedom Fund. Voters will recall that troubled casino boss, William Yung, donated $1 million to the Bluegrass Freedom Fund – but the Fund was not required to disclose its contributors until after the election.

“It is disgraceful that this important piece of legislation may not be addressed this session because Democrat House legislators felt it was more important to play hooky with ‘Slick Willie’ rather than do the job they were elected – and are paid – to do,” said Robertson.
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“I feel sorry for the voters who are represented by these Democrat legislators,” added Robertson. “They owe their constituents an apology.”

At least someone in Kentucky realizes what a flipping waste of time the legislature is these days.

P.S. It’s Democratic legislators, not Democrat. Queens English, ladies. It’s 2008. Please, let’s start speaking it.

Press Release Stuff For Your Rainy Tuesday

Yarmuth Introduces Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation will reauthorize and strengthen the main source of federal funding for disconnected youth outside of the foster care and juvenile justice system.

The current law, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act expires September 30, 2008.

REPUBLICAN PARTY OF KENTUCKY CALLS ON GOVERNOR BESHEAR TO MAKE CAPITOL SIGN-IN SHEETS AVAILABLE ON STATE WEBSITE

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) Chairman Steve Robertson today called on Governor Steve Beshear to issue an Executive Order promoting public confidence in the Governor’s Office by making all Capitol sign-in sheets available for download on the state website.

Robertson’s urgent request comes in the wake of disturbing media reports about missing state records indicating visitors to the Kentucky State Capitol and Governor’s Office.

“Governor Steve Beshear needs to show Kentuckians that ethics reform was more than just a campaign pledge,” said Robertson. “As Steve Beshear stated in his inaugural address, accountability in government starts at the top, with him. I sincerely hope that the Governor’s response to the mystery of the missing documents will be swift and decisive.”

BREAKING: RPK Files Complaint Against Bluegrass Freedom Fund, Beshear Camp

The Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance against the Bluegrass Freedom Fund and the Beshear-Mongiardo gubernatorial campaign for allegedly violating Kentucky’s campaign finance laws.

From the RPK’s press release:

“As various news organizations have brought to light the facts surrounding the Bluegrass Freedom Fund and its million dollar contribution from casino boss William Yung, it has become increasingly apparent that this fund was merely a front-organization used to skirt the law to help Steve Beshear get elected,” said Robertson. “If KREF finds the Bluegrass Freedom Fund and the Beshear/Mongiardo Campaign knowingly violated campaign laws, I hope it will immediately refer this matter to the proper prosecutorial authorities.”

Peep the complaint and the 42 pages of supporting exhibits here:


You knew it would happen sooner or later. Bill Yung wasn’t going to get away with giving Steve Beshear $1million without a fight.

On a related note, the BFF is no more. The group’s chief fundraiser has left Kentucky and Achim Bergmann is now consulting with Bruce Lunsford.

UPDATE @ 5:12: KDP Chairwoman Jennifer Moore responds:

“This is a desperate and baseless attack by the Republican Party. The complaint makes accusations that have been proven false time and time again. Doesn’t Steve Robertson have anything better to do with his time these days?

“What a sad example of Republicans playing divisive political games rather than working with Democrats to better the lives of Kentuckians.”

Wait a minute. Where’s the proof nothing shady went down? We haven’t seen it. Seriously– the only thing that’s come out is pretty damning and that’s that Steve Beshear met with Bill Yung just days before he wrote a million dollar check to the BFF. Hrm. Yeah. Nothing to see here, move along.

And on that note, what the flip is up with Jennifer having lunch at Serafini with a boat load of casino lobbyists just before putting out this press release? The only thing Jennifer is doing is causing people like us to get suspicious.

We especially love this ironic quote:

She said the meeting had nothing to do with pending legislation before the General Assembly and no legislators attended the lunch.

UPDATE @ 7:10:

In a strange turn of events, capitol sign-in sheets for the governor’s office have disappeared for the day casino magnate Bill Yung visited with Steve Beshear– though Beshear’s office denies having met with him. Imagine that.

Also on a sign-in sheet for Jan. 9: Bill Yung, at 10:25 a.m., apparently for the governor’s officer. But representatives of Beshear’s office have denied meeting with the Northern Kentucky hotelier and casino owner.

Check Hebert’s story on WHAS11 tonight about the whole ordeal. Just gets nastier and nastier.