Bruce Lunsford Changing His Mind?

Bruce Lunsford has told dozens of people over the past few weeks that he would not run for McConnell’s seat– said he just wasn’t interested. He made it clear that he wouldn’t run for office again.

So Chuck Schumer’s little birdies just had to get involved in reaching out to Bruce because he’s sitting on a mountain of cash. And what happened? Bruce decided he was interested in the race because the national folks were paying attention to him again.

While we don’t share the false opinion that Bruce is a Republican for ignorantly/stupidly/egotistically endorsing Ernie Fletcher (which he openly admits and apologizes for), we think he’s a poor choice for Washington. He would have been fine as an executive in the state house but he doesn’t have a grasp on national issues and does not have the political skill set required to lead on a senatorial level.

Bruce could best serve Kentucky by raising money for the Democratic consensus candidate Andrew Horne. He could fund a charity or affect political discourse. He could be a powerful voice for the Bluegrass by assisting in areas where he’s best equipped. But running for U.S. Senate? Misguided at best because there’s no way he’ll be able to escape his close friend Mitch McConnell unscathed. There’s just too much baggage and too much bitterness from 2003. And against Horne in a primary? He’s a lost cause as only one of the two have a clean past. Only one of the two can speak authoritatively on Iraq. Only one of the two actually relates to the everyday man.

Fischer told us why he shouldn’t run

Greg Fischer spoke to Ted Shlechter— the only person who appears to care about him– last Wednesday at the Metro Democratic Club in Louisville.

While speaking to Ted in generalities, Fischer said people shouldn’t be allowed to buy elected office in Washington.

Here’s an excerpt:

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So… the obviously question should be… what on earth makes Greg Fischer think anyone would be cool with him (an absolute unknown) using his money to buy an election?

The World Noticed: Andrew Horne Round-Up

Everyone is talking about Andrew Horne today. Definite proof that he’s the Democratic Party’s consensus candidate to face draft dodging Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate.

Read the full story and see Horne’s video announcement here.

Just a bit of the chatter:

BlueGrassRoots — the leader of the Draft Horne movement humbly shares Andrew’s announcement with a personal interview of the Colonel

MyDD

DailyKos — complete with a poll

Jon Soltz — leader of VoteVets.org shares his remarkable take on why Andrew is the guy to end Mitch McConnell’s career.  (Thanks to a dear friend for reminding me to include this.)

Ditch Mitch — Leader of the Ditch Mitch movement spreads the word

PolWatchers — great updates from Republican-lite Greg Fischer who mistakenly says Kentuckians support him, despite the dozens who as recent as last evening demanded he back away from the U.S. Senate race

See the rest after the jump. Complete with some Swiftboating!

Read moreThe World Noticed: Andrew Horne Round-Up

BREAKING: Andrew Horne for U.S. Senate

It’s official, ladies and gentleman. Mitch McConnell’s worst nightmare has become a reality. And we’re the first to bring the news to you. Andrew Horne is announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate. The months-long and successful draft movement is over. The Democratic Party’s consensus candidate is here.

This is a first for Kentucky and a signal that the blogosphere is increasingly relevant. Welcome to campaign 2008.

From Horne’s announcement:

“I’m running for U.S. Senate because it’s time for a change and because Senator Mitch McConnell is more than part of the problem. He IS the problem. It is time for Kentuckians to take our government and country back. We should not be told to take a backseat to the wealthy and powerful. It’s time to tackle the challenges facing our country instead of passing them off to our kids. It’s time for leaders who’ll take the right stand.”

“Mitch McConnell, the Republican Leader, symbolizes everything wrong with Washington. He bows to big business, practices the worst kind of politics, and doesn’t take a stand when faced with tough issues. Simply put: Mitch McConnell carries George Bush’s water on Iraq; I carried a rifle in Iraq.”

As you’ll see in the video announcement below, Andrew Horne is a true statesman. The first in a generation.




Visit Horne’s campaign website here. Read his press release here.

Fischer, Cassaro, Hollenbach – All in One Room

A muckraker’s dream come true! Even without alcohol.

Joe Sonka at BlueGrassRoots has the skinny on last night’s event:

I spoke with Greg Fischer briefly. I asked him about Iraq, and he started giving an answer about how he’d like to see us leave as soon as possible. It kind of ended abruptly when Schlechter pulled a recorder out. He didn’t seem too fond of expanding on policy on tape… I was going to ask him why he donated to Anne Northrup and how many other Republicans he’s donated to. But I already know the answer to that and had no bourbon, so I didn’t bother.

I spoke with Dr. Michael Cassaro as well. He kind of begged me to ask him questions, so I obliged. He was against the Iraq War, and I was about to ask him why he gave money to Republican campaigns, when one of my friends came over to introduce herself. She looked into his eyes and gave a VERY honest opinion about how he doesn’t have a chance and we need to avoid a nasty primary. She said that we don’t need to waste five months fighting each other, we need to start focusing on Mitch right now. It lasted about 10 minutes (or at least it seemed like it). And honestly, I looked at Cassaro, and….. I wouldn’t say he was crying, per se, but he was definitely welling up. He was kind of speechless. I was, frankly, in awe. It was rather stunning to see a citizen make a Senate candidate have that reaction. I’m thinking that $20 million in McConnell attacks ad would be slightly worse. You do the math.

And I also ran into one Todd Hollenbach (who I’ve heard refers to me as his “nemesis”). Jake got a hold of him first, and tried explaining to him how he really needs to publicly renounce Frank Simon, not just because it is the right thing to do, but that it would come back to haunt him politically. Todd continued to change the subject and refused to renounce Simon. I bit my tongue for the most part, but finally told him that it’s never wise to associate yourself with crazy bigots. That pretty much ended the conversation, and he was outta there.

Our thoughts after the jump…

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The Plain Truth from John Yarmuth

It’s hard not to like John Yarmuth. A year into his first-term as 3rd District Congressman, it’s obvious that he’s having a good time in Washington, but he’s also taking his job seriously. When he spoke to about 50 folks at Spalding University last night (a mix of journalists and students), he was eager and open in talking about his experiences. It almost felt like a family gathering (Yarmuth seems to get plenty of props from his colleagues for his media experience) where you catch up with the adventurous cousin who’s been away.

Yarmuth tells it like it is in a way that’s unusual in political circles. For one, he can admit mistakes, but he’s also willing to talk about the reasons behind his votes, even if those reasons are political. Before we get all “man-crush” on him, here are some of the topics he discussed:

Federal Shield Law: Yarmuth became a sponsor of the bill after he introduced himself, in a hallway, to Mike Pence (R-IN), who knew of Yarmuth’s publishing past and asked him to get involved. Yarmuth says that while the bill passed the House, it’s hung up in the Senate. The bill provides protections for reporters against being compelled to reveal confidential sources. Yarmuth is not a big fan of the way the Senate operates.

Read moreThe Plain Truth from John Yarmuth

Fear & McConnell in 2008

The spinmeisters are out in full force these days. But Danny Briscoe may be right that Democrats need to field a candidate who isn’t afraid of losing.

“The thing most complimentary you can say about Beshear is, having run twice statewide and lost and to come back and run a third time, it displays a lot of discipline and a lack of a fear of losing,” Briscoe said.

Just last week Andrew Horne told Ryan Alessi that he’s not afraid of losing.

“I’m not a politician. I am not afraid of losing. If I was worried about risk and danger, I woudn’t have joined the Marine Corps before I graduated high school. That’s not a concern for me,” he said. “I respond when my country needs me, not when it’s convenient.”

That’s just what needs to happen. A candidate like Horne needs to jump in the race instead of continually weighing their options like others seem to be doing. Some think traveling to D.C. and calling major donors are the only necessary motions to make at this stage of the game. But it’s a little late for testing the waters. You’re either in or you’re out. It’s time.

Oh. Contrary to Republican spin, Horne has never said he wants to “lose” the war in Iraq. Twisting words sure is fun.