More of the Same at KDP?

From the Department of We Told You So…

Charlie Moore is the new chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, like we said.

And Jeremy Horton resigned. Do you hear the hoots and hollers of being overjoyed? 20+ people have called us cheering over that. An era of bullshit, hatred, wasted money and all-around laziness is OVER!

KDP has allegedly raised $300,000 since November and has $58,000 (?) in the bank, which they say is seed money that will be pushed out to county parties. Those former staffers who are owed money? Yeah, they still haven’t been paid.

Surprisingly (or perhaps not), no female vice chair of the KDP has been named. For a Party that allegedly values women and equality, you’d think naming the female vice chair would be top priority. When Jerry Lundergan didn’t immediately name a vice chair, Mark Nickolas sent out press releases asking for his resignation. And now those same forces who went wild over Lundergan’s slowness to act are sweeping their own hypocrisy under the rug.

When we spoke to two members of the Governor’s staff yesterday they refused to name the vice chair. They told us we’d find out today. So what happened? Did their pick back out like previous picks for party chair have done? Or was it still up in the air at that point?

Interesting times are ahead. We have high hopes that Charlie Moore won’t slip into the same tired, nasty ways of Jennifer Moore. We hope that he won’t continue drawing lines of division by shutting hundreds of Democrats out of Party Headquarters. And we hope he can do Kentuckians right.

But we’re not holding our breath. We remember what happened the last two times.

More on the Bunning Threat to Resign…

The story went mainstream.

From our earlier story:

Rumor has it that Jim Bunning is so spitting mad that he’s telling people he’ll just resign and let Steve (Beshear) appoint someone.How bout them apples?

And can you even IMAGINE?


UPDATE: Spoke with one of Bunning’s staffers and they don’t deny it. WTF. Granted, it only means he probably said it. But was it in frustration or was he serious?

Whattya know? We were spot-on. Here’s the latest from Joe Gerth and Jim Carroll, who have been burning the phones up ever since our story went live:

Already in conflict with his party’s leaders, Sen. Jim Bunning has reportedly said privately that if he is hindered in raising money for his re-election campaign he is ready with a response that would be politically devastating for Senate Republicans: his resignation.

The Kentucky Republican suggested that possible scenario at a campaign fundraiser for him on Capitol Hill earlier this week, according to three sources who asked not to be identified because of the politically sensitive nature of Bunning’s remarks.

The implication, they said, was that Bunning would allow Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, to appoint his replacement — a move that could give Democrats the 60 votes they need to block Republican filibusters in the Senate.

“I would get the last laugh. Don’t forget Kentucky has a Democrat governor,” one of the sources quoted Bunning as saying.

“The only logical extension of that comment is, ‘(anger) me … enough and I’ll resign, and then you’ve got 60 Democrats,’ ” said another source who was present at the event.

I’ll tell you who my sources are: Jim Bunning’s staff, folks at the NRSC and a well-known McConnell staffer. The same ones who have been peddling ALL negative Bunning stories lately.

Bunning is now denying the statement, but his own staffers tell us it’s true, that he actually said it, as we reported earlier.

The end is nigh.

UPDATE: No, Reid Wilson, Bunning’s comments were NOT first reported by the Courier-Journal.

And sorry, Jim. 25 witness don’t lie. Your staff members aren’t liars, either. We are making our sources known, to an extent.

We’re Calling It a Day, So, Later!

We’ve been working since, oh, hundreds of hours before daylight. So. Later.

Here’s some stuff to keep you occupied:

It’ll be weird and awesome if D.C. actually gets a vote. [NY Times’ The Caucus]

This victory for reproductive rights will surely send Simon & Cothran into a tailspin. [Amplify]

Ron Paul’s son to run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky? Maybe. You know how well that’s going to go over with Kentucky Republicans. [Mark Hebert]

You may or may not care, but Bon Iver’s latest EP is only 99-cents on Amazon today. [Amazon]

Barack Obama: All troops will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. [Huffington Post]

Public lottery to attend White House state dinners? Heck yes. Let’s get on that boat. Open up that party barge for regular folk. [WaPo]

Governor Steve Beshear just agreed to give unemployed Kentuckians an additional $25 per week. [Press Release]

RUH RO: Big Girl Fight In Frankfort This Morning

Let’s hear it for this morning’s scandalous exchange between David Williams and Larry Dale Keeling!

During this morning’s leadership press conference, well, the, uh, fireworks were flying. Williams told Keeling he had no grounds for writing what he wrote. As far as we know, he was talking about the super-secret-legislative-CIA-monster called the General Assembly Accountability and Review Division (GAARD).

Keeling then asked Williams to repeat a comment he’d made to Jack Brammer about him on Wednesday afternoon. Williams said he’d tell him after the meeting. But Keeling was having none of it and said (we’re paraphrasing), “No, you’ll say it right here! On the record!” As he flashed an audio recorder.

We can’t wait to watch their fancy pee-pee contest during tonight’s highlights on KET.

Wonder what Williams said to Brammar about Keeling? Someone should fill us in so we can share it with our readership.

UPDATE: Compiled from several sources–

Williams was upset with Keeling’s story about shared Stumbo-Williams baggage.

Williams said to Brammer (paraphrasing loosely, but as accurate as possible), “Tell that Goddamned Larry Dale Keeling he better not show his face around the Senate for a few days. He’s begging for a lawsuit.”

Several reporters witnessed/heard the exchange so there’s no way it can really be denied. And we’re quite certain Williams’ crew is attempting to spin this.

Hilarious. Thanks to the folks who filled us in.

Hot Off the U.S. Senate Rumor Mill

NOTE: CLICK HERE for an update – mainstream media has verified everything we reported.

Here’s the original story:

Rumor has it that Jim Bunning is so spitting mad that he’s telling people he’ll just resign and let Steve (Beshear) appoint someone.

How bout them apples?

And can you even IMAGINE?


UPDATE: Spoke with one of Bunning’s staffers and they don’t deny it. WTF. Granted, it only means he probably said it.  But was it in frustration or was he serious?