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  •  Goes both ways (0+ / 0-)

    If you're going to attack Judd for her residence then the exact same bullshit can be brought up about Mitch McChinless.  After all he's been in DC for how many decades?  How much time does he actually spend in Kentucky in relation to Judd?  Does he go to UK games for example?  

    Ask the same question of McChinless and you'll get the same or a very similar answer.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 06:00:07 AM PDT

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    •  DisNoir - a false equivalence (0+ / 0-)

      McConnell is in DC representing the state of KY in the Senate and has additional duties as Minority Leader. He does have a residence in KY and is there frequently. Judd lives in TN. I think Judd is an attractive candidate and went back to the Harvard Kennedy School and earned a MPA in 2010, so she is serious and there are lots of good issues to pursue regarding McConnell. However, the carpetbagger issue is real, and there is no equivalence regarding McConnell.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 06:57:31 AM PDT

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      •  Judd doesn't have much to worry about (0+ / 0-)

        I'm really not sure what the Kentucky Democrats are complaining about or being skeptical about regarding Judd's residency issues.  She has until the fall to establish residency.  It's as if we're talking about Judd bringing millions of dollars of clothes and other property of hers to Kentucky when she could probably move within a month.  

        Here's the residency requirements for running for office.  U.S. Senate requirements are pretty lax in Kentucky:

        •  The nuts and bolts aren't important to people (0+ / 0-)

          Sure, she will fulfill the residency requirements but it leaves her open to attacks of "other" and given everything else it isn't something a candidacy can afford.

          Hillary chose to run in New York and Al Franken had the fortune of running in a state that leans to his party during a strongly Democratic year. The issue hurt Bob Kerrey last year and he had won statewide multiple times in Nebraska.

          Residency issues were also a problem for Dick Lugar in his primary  with Richard Mourdock and for the Republican nominee against Travis Childers in Mississippi during 2008. The issue didn't hurt Dan Coats in 2010 because his issue positions are a good fit for his state and he was running in 2010.

          "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

          by conspiracy on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:20:44 AM PDT

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          •  Ok but this is March 2013 (1+ / 0-)
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            I think talking about the residency requirements is way too early in the picture for things to happen.  Even Al Franken was criticized for not living in Minnesota for a number of years prior to running for the U.S. Senate in 2008 and somehow and he got elected, with a small margin.  However, that was because folks were already used to Norm Coleman.  Now, Al Franken should easily win re-election.

            You're mentioning residency was a problem for Dick Lugar.  Actually, the problem was, he didn't fight back and he also was viewed by many as entrenched too much in Washington.  He didn't explain himself well.  Lugar himself isn't a partisan Republican.  He's diplomatic, well respected and not hated by people, except those Tea Party Republicans like Richard Mourdock (I truly believe Mourdock couldn't stand Lugar).

            I think you're underestimating just how much of a fighter Ashley Judd is.  I'm really not sure if you're studying her character in the videos but she's consistent.  She exemplifies everything that have many Howard Dean and Elizabeth Warren strong progressive fighters who don't back down.

            And I'm still waiting for real evidence from others who continue to tell me there's another Democratic candidate out there who's better than Judd for the U.S. Senate race.  What would that person do to fire up the base?  What could that person do that would make real change in the state?

            Would that person be a Democrat by-name-only or a Democrat that actually has an authentic demeanor and isn't always working on talking points?  You could argue a conservative Democrat might be better for Kentucky but the bottom line is this:

            Will this Democratic U.S. Senate candidate actually keep the communication line open to constituents so they can actually be represented or is the candidate going to be too entrenched in the Washington system?  I see Democrats who look like drones in Congress and you often wonder why they got elected in the first place.

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