Ernest Lee & Pat Boone: Suspicious Homophobes

What is it with Ernie Fletcher? What on earth is with his fixation of openly hating gay people as often as possible? It’s too bad we have morals or we’d out his gay campaign staffers and gay cabinet members. Surely they’re ashamed of the giant idiot this guy has proven to be.

We thought the race for governor couldn’t get any more hilarious. Til now.

Pat Boone has produced two robo calls in support of Ernest Lee. They’re paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky, of course. Put your beverage down before proceeding. Don’t say you weren’t warned. (And make sure you don’t need to tinkle before hitting play.)

Here’s a gem from one of the calls:

“His opponent is so ultra-liberal he’s just been enthusiastically endorsed by C-FAIR, a prominent gay rights advocacy group. They’re convinced Beshear is their guy. Now you have to ask, ‘Do you really want Kentucky to become another San Francisco?’ Please re-elect Ernie Fletcher.”

The 30-second spot:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/pboone30.mp3]

And a longer, more hate-filled 60-second spot:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/pboone60.mp3]

These kooks can’t lose quickly enough with their anti-gay tripe.

The Elephant in the Room: Todd Hollenbach

This is painful to write. Please stick with me through another rant.

Voters should not cast their ballot on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 for Democrat Todd Hollenbach for Treasurer. Not suggesting anyone should vote for Melinda Wheeler, the Administrative Office of the Courts hack who wants to abolish an entire constitutional office, but you absolutely should not vote for Hollenbach.

From day one I went to bat for Todd as he appeared to be an intelligent, progressive guy with a great heart. He served on the Kentucky Human Rights Commission. He pledged a financial literacy program the entire country could envy. He possessed an amazing comprehension of facts and an even better understanding of the office for which he is running.

Unfortunately, Todd has joined the ranks of bigoted haters and refuses to disavow. He has publicly, privately, loudly, quietly and every way in between praised his recent endorsement (PDF Link) by crazy Frank Simon and the Freedom’s Heritage Forum. And he has given those nutsos cash contributions.

Common sense would seem to dictate that Todd would denounce this horrible endorsement in the same manner in which Jonathan Miller has done. Would seem even more of a reasonable situation upon learning that Todd has many gay loved ones in his family. But that’s not the case. He’s ignorantly standing up in support of hate with the likes of Ernie Fletcher and Stan Lee. Todd may not personally be a bigot but his actions are impossible to ignore. To think I raised money for this guy!

I have absolutely grown to love and adore members of Todd’s extended family over the past two years. They’re wonderful people who contribute to society in ways you could never imagine without knowing them personally. So my decision to denounce Todd’s behavior should have no bearing on the way his family is viewed. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do.

Just needs to be said that Todd Hollenbach does not deserve your vote. Not even if he decides to publicly denounce the Simon endorsement. It’s a shame and an absolute embarrassment that the Kentucky Democratic Party and organized labor across the Commonwealth are blindly supporting hatred by advocating the election of Todd.

Saddened,

Jacob Payne

Idiots Invade, Grayson Attacked

Last night PolWatchers was the victim of an idiot invasion. Commenters on Pat Crowley’s blog have the story and seem to pretty much be spot-on.

Bigots came out of the blue to ignorantly attack Trey Grayson for having a *gasp* known homosexual on his staff. Oh, the horrors! Oh noes! The gays are among us, Pam! Went so far as grossly attacking said staffer. Thankfully, the H-L folks deleted the commentary but the issue is still hot.

Who gives a flying fuck (yes, I used it– don’t let your kids read this one) about the sexual orientation of anyone’s staff? What bearing does an individual’s sexual orientation have on their ability to do great work? And where do bigots get off attacking someone who is not in the public eye? This isn’t 1920s Mobile, Alabama. We aren’t burning crosses in Ernesto Scorsone’s front yard. Dan Mongiardo is no longer leading the anti-gay hate march like he did in 2004. This is modern America and we’re in the year 2007. Homophobia and other prejudices should be over and done.

No one is certain where the attacks originated. Could be individuals affiliated with the Hendrickson campaign. Could be the Fletcher camp. Or it could be Grayson’s former campaign manager who was let go. Regardless, this is sickening. Not to mention bad for Democrats if it’s coming from that direction. Would only serve to push more Democratic voters toward Grayson if they knew he didn’t hate the gays, right?

This is not an endorsement of Trey Grayson in any way, shape or form. But let’s get one thing clear: Trey Grayson is not a bigot. He’s not sexist. He’s not a homophobe. And he certainly doesn’t make crass judgments as many in his gay-hating party do. Trey’s not the devil on social issues so Democrats and Republicans need to get over it.

Youth: Finally Players with Democrats

Some like to promulgate terribly irregular mock election results as a harbinger of doom for Democrats come Tuesday. While admirable (kinda) that people can still be in denial this late in the game, we’re firmly planted in the reality-based community.

High School and College Republicans (many of whom can’t even vote) may come out in larger numbers than their Democratic counterparts to participate in mock elections. That may very well be the case. We won’t even begin to examine the whys and hows. But do they come out in huge numbers to work throughout an election? And by the hundreds at the close of getting out the vote to ensure a high turn-out? That’s what’s happening in Louisville (across the state, really) with the College Democrats of Kentucky.

Beginning this afternoon College Dems are taking over Frankfort. Early tomorrow morning the group begins what it’s calling ‘Campaign Invasion 2007’ across the city of Louisville. According to a press release Saturday is filled with phone banking, canvassing, rallying and awareness with a full day of GOTV action on Sunday.

This may be a turning point for the Kentucky Democratic Party. This marks the first time in recent elections that College Democrats (and young people in general) have been allowed– no, not invited, but ALLOWED– to take part in the campaign/election process. ‘Youth’ has been foreign language to Democrats in the past and we’re proud to see things changing. The Dems are finally catching up with Repubs on the matter of youth. This is a good thing.

From the Educational Dept of Making Stuff Up

David at Bluegrass Policy touches on the sad state of education in Kentucky with faux statistics and news floating around everywhere you look.

Unsurprisingly, people and politicians alike are all about using manufactured statistics in order to declare success. Leave it up to Fletcher apologists and spinsters to blow smoke.

We repeatedly hear promises on the campaign trail to “fix” education. We repeatedly hear elected officials tout their educational successes or funding increases. And we are repeatedly left with nothing but failure on our hands. Is Kentucky finally electing a governor worth his weight or will be get more of the same?