Campaign Gay Bashing Has to Stop

We were going to provide video updates from the Paducah gubernatorial debate this evening but we’re too ashamed of Ernie Fletcher to bother. Warning: If you don’t like the gays and don’t want our opinions, don’t bother reading beyond this point.

This anti-gay Fletcher tripe needs to end.

Tell us– how is this even a campaign issue?

Ernest Lee once had a chance to redeem himself as a gentleman after losing horribly come November. That is no longer the case. Not after the way he has allowed his campaign and campaign staff to progress in relation to hatred and discrimination.

What is with this hypocrisy? The Fletcher administration is filled with gays, lesbians and transgendered individuals and they still trot out this gays-are-coming-to-steal-your-babies crap. It is an absolute shame and embarrassment that our governor behaves in such a manner. An absolute shame.

You know some of these Fletcher folks… many of whom are married men and happen to be gay? They should also be ashamed. Ashamed of the way this losing governor and losing candidate has resorted to sickening wedge issue attacks. And before anyone gets too cocky: We know who you are. We know your sexual orientation. We have photographs, letters, video. You should be ashamed and you know it.


Breaking: McConnell Staffer Responsible for SCHIP Smear Campaign

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that there was mounting evidence that a staffer for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have been involved in the right-wing campaign to smear Graeme Frost and his family.

ABC News reported earlier in the week that an e-mail sent to reporters by “a Senate Republican leadership aide” in McConnell’s office suggested that “GOP aides were complicit in spreading disparaging information about the Frosts.” A McConnell spokesman refused to deny the office’s involvement in the affair.

ThinkProgress has obtained an email that congressional sources tell us was sent to reporters by Sen. McConnell’s communications director Don Stewart.

What the hell is this? The most powerful senator in the United States has his communications director rely on blogs for information used to falsely attack children? When did the private lives of non-officials become fair game in political smear stunts? Do we really want to go there? Because we will if we must.

Mr. Stewart must resign and McConnell needs to apologize. Now.

Where’s the mainstream media on this?

Click here for the rest of the report.

Jim Waters: The people, not government, need to sort out the truth

This week Jim discusses a topic the mainstream media rarely mentions: honesty among candidates and elected officials. The lack of truth in campaigns is something we’re all familiar with and angered by. So it’s time we start holding those we elect accountable for their words and their actions. It will most likely begin with the ousting of Ernie Fletcher and will hopefully continue as we hold all current and future elected officials responsible for what they do.

We live in a new day and everyone winning on November 6 second should take note. The people of the Commonwealth are finally paying attention.

The people, not government, need to sort out the truth

By Jim Waters

If, as Augustine said, “one never errs more safely than when one errs by too much loving the truth and too much rejecting of falsehood,” this column might go down as the most “erroneous” I’ve ever written.

And a recent case ruled on by the state of Washington’s Supreme Court is one of the most frustrating those justices ever faced.

The case involved a 2002 state Senate race. Green Party candidate Marilou Rickert sent out campaign brochures stating that longtime Democratic incumbent Tim Sheldon “voted to close a facility for the developmentally challenged.”

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Interesting Campaign Finance Tidbits

Richie Farmer took money from controversial Monsanto. 31 August 2007 – Monsanto Citizenship Fund – $1,000. If he’s any kind of respectable gentleman he’ll return that grand ASAP.

Leonard and Steven Lawson both gave $1,000 to Crit Luallen on September 20. Leonard is the controversial highway contractor who gives money to everyone– no matter what they’re running for– in hopes of landing the next highway contract. We’re glad to see he hasn’t changed his tune this year.

The man who has tried to sell us all on the Louisville arena– Jim Host attempted to disguise his $500 contribution on June 18th to Stan Lee by listing himself as W. Host. Nice try. Evens out the $500 contribution he gave Lee on 02/02 to $1,000.

In addition to Host? Indicted and pardoned Basil Turbyfill gave Lee $1,000 on 08/23. (He also gave $1,000 to Trey Grayson). Casino maven Bill Butler contributed $1,000 on 08/28 – does this mean Stan supports casino gaming? Strangely, Lee also took in a ton of $100.00 contributions from old campaign funds. 12 of them. What’s going on there?

There’s nothing too controversial about funds raised by Trey Grayson, much to the chagrin of folks who want him to lose. Just the typical Northern Kentucky donors. One interesting contribution to note is on June 5 by Jimmy LaSalvia in the amount of $250. LaSalvia, as many Kentuckians will recall, is part of the Log Cabin Republicans. We thought Grayson didn’t like the gays?

Who knew Brett Hall was still serving as Melinda Wheeler’s campaign manager? Still doesn’t explain why Fletcher’s campaign provided him with their e-mail database or why he’s sending out e-mail blasts for his blog. Brett and his son make up most of Wheeler’s disbursements.

Jim Patterson, former funding giant for the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth gave $1,000 to both Todd Hollenbach and Ernie Fletcher. This may not seem major to you but it’s worth noting that Patterson never took heat for his actions in the Kentucky press and Republicans and Democrats alike have embraced him with open arms. The man hasn’t once offered up an apology for funding the hateful group. That’s a shame because we hear he’s a good guy.

Jack Conway’s primary opponent Bob Bullock gave him $500 on August 16. Certainly the gentlemanly thing to do. Doesn’t happen frequently in other races. Paul & Judi Patton really ponied up: $1,500. And former Apprentice star (who Steve Henry tried to obtain as treasurer) Mark Lamkin contributed $250. Conway’s entire report reads like a who’s who of Kentucky. From Louisville to Prestonsburg. Talk about widespread support. Half of his contributors have probably never given to the same candidate before now.

And there’s nothing really notable in the Beshear report other than what has already been reported.

Did this put you to sleep?

What’s going on here?

Is a well-known Republican blogger on Fletcher’s campaign payroll? No? Just working tightly with the campaign?

Then how on earth did they obtain a private e-mail address set up by us solely to receive Fletcher e-mail updates? We didn’t agree to receive blog blasts from an unaffiliated entity.

And how did Melinda Wheeler obtain the address?

Just wondering.

Database sharing occurs all the time between a candidate and their state party. We get that. But a campaign providing their database to a blogger?

Representatives from these campaigns should feel free to contact us with an explanation.