An OMG Moment: David L. Williams for U.S. Senate

Mark Hebert reports that David L. Williams is running for the United States Senate (see filing here) against Mitch McConnell. Williams just lost to Richie Farmer by a billion points in the race for Agriculture Commissioner.

His candidacy was such an embarrassment for the Kentucky Democratic Party that it refused to include him in literature and avoided mentioning his name at public events. What on earth could possibly make Williams think anyone could take him politically seriously?

Mitch: The New Earle Clements

While examining Mitch McConnell’s first television commercials for the 2008 election cycle David Hawpe brings up the absurdity of McConnell’s self-comparison to former Sen. Alben Barkley.

Turns out Mitch isn’t keen on playing with facts and likes to ignore information that could make him look like the Red Chinese Money Broker that he is. And he’s not the second Kentuckian in history to lead his party in the Senate. The second would be Earle Clements in the 1950s. But who cares about facts? Definitely not the Dear bowtie-wearing Senator.

McConnell wants to draw a connection between himself and Barkley because the latter was not only powerful but also a popular, avuncular figure in Kentucky politics, especially in Western Kentucky, which has been a key to McConnell’s success. The truth is that one can draw more and better parallels between McConnell and Clements.

Both qualify as cool, crafty and reserved figures. Both built the state machinery that has dominated their respective parties for significant periods of the modern era. And both were county judges.

…Clements, unlike fellow Western Kentucky Democrat Barkley, was not widely loved. McConnell, unlike his Republican predecessor John Sherman Cooper, also isn’t widely loved.

And let’s not forget that Alben Barkley II– who is prominently featured in the new McConnell ads– has some major experience in the sexual harassment department. He was found guilty by the state Personnel Board of trying to make a sexytime or two with a secretary in his office.

Does McConnell think everybody has forgotten that Barkley II, as state secretary of agriculture, was involved in a sensational sexual harassment incident? A secretary in the ag commissioner’s office, Ann Hester, told the Personnel Board that Barkley once asked her to be his “lover,” that he asked to look down her blouse, that he put his arm around her waist and hugged her, and that he often told her she looked “sexy.”

Birds of a feather, boys and girls.  Birds of a feather.

News Propaganda Update Dept

What? You’ve gotta be kidding. Greg Stumbo considering a job in the Environmental Protection Cabinet? We seem to recall a little incident with LEO where Stumbo had some controversial things to say about mountaintop removal that certainly wouldn’t fly with anyone who cares about the environment. Not a chance that’d be easy for anyone to swallow. Also interesting that Stumbo and Luallen (who is quite reactive and wary-sounding) snap at each other constantly, isn’t it? Oh– the story is about Cassaro, not those two. [H-L]

Anti-GOP sentiment hurting financially? McConnell and the NRSC are worried about 2008 because their fundraising numbers are a nightmare. McConnell has a mountain of cash but the rest of the senate Republicans are suffering as they helplessly watch Democrats out raise them by tens of millions. [CBS]

Bush visits, causes traffic jam. George Dubya was in New Albany yesterday to discuss “serious problems” but really spent his time on stage attacking Democrats with every breath. A lot could be accomplished if this lame duck gave up the rhetoric to actually do something. Making sure his rich friends get richer is too high on his priority list for that to happen, though. [C-J]

Making nice? Boone county Republicans are reaching out the Beshear administration. County leaders have been tight with Ernie Fletcher and his appointees, allowing ready-made lines of communication and revenue. What’s positive, though, is that these same people are reaching out to Beshear and are speaking positively in the press about being able to forge strong working relationships. Boone Countians should be proud of their leaders for being able to put aside political differences. [Community Press]

McConnell lost touch with constituency? Of course. Is Michael Cassaro the man to take him on? Obviously not. Cassaro, while he may be a good guy, hasn’t made an effort to connect with Democratic Party leaders, hasn’t had hands-on experience with the political game and has recently contributed to people like Jack Wood and Ernie Fletcher. Doesn’t bode well for a candidacy. He’s a Gatewood in the making and that may be why he’s given money to Galbraith in the past. [C-J]

Prospect Physician to Face McConnell

Michael Cassaro— a Democrat and physician from Louisville’s Prospect area– is taking a run at Mitch McConnell. He’s gotten off to a bad start and hasn’t even officially filed for candidacy.

Via Hebert’s blog:

Louisville pain doctor Michael Cassaro is planning to announce his candidacy at a really bad time on a really bad day. Cassaro plans to announce his long shot candidacy on the same day President Bush will be right across the river in New Albany. I’m guessing the President’s visit might take precedence over the Cassaro announcement.

The most interesting thing we can find about Cassaro is that he gave Ernie Fletcher $1,000 in 2003. (And $1,000 to controversial Jack Wood.)


CASSARO, MICHAEL
Employer : LOUISVILLE PAIN TREATMENT PHYSICIANS
Occupation : PHYSICIAN
INDIVIDUAL
Contribution $1,000.00 on 10/15/2003
FLETCHER, ERNIE for SLATE – STATEWIDE
GENERAL – 11/04/2003

Bad news when trying to run as a Democrat.

We’re hoping this guy doesn’t waste too much of his money.