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There is every reason to believe tonight that even after today's vote, the Republican bloodletting will not stop in Ketucky. A movement has begun to draft Larry Forgy to run against Mitch McConnell. According to Politics1

Call it Ernie Fletcher's revenge. US Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY), portrayed in state newspapers as the godfather of the Kentucky GOP, has his faction of the party heavily backing Anne Northup in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary. That appears to be why a growing movement in the party -- led by the pro-Fletcher faction -- is looking for payback in the form of giving McConnell a tough primary challenge in 2008. Check out the DraftForgy.com website, urging former State Supreme Court Justice Larry Forgy (R) to oppose McConnell. Forgy was the GOP nominee for Governor in 1991 and 1995. The Draft Forgy website is filled with pro-Fletcher and ani-McConnell sentiments, plus lots of Forgy quotes that make him sound rather interested in the race.

Man, Larry Forgy is a blast from the past. Those of you familiar with Kentucky may remember the knock-down-drag-out fight we had with him in 1995 and how we were aided by Newt Gingrich in defeating him. I don't know, after all this time, Forgy would be a formidable opponent to McConnell, but the movement is symptomatic of the problems in the Republican Party everywhere. As much as I disagree with Republicans, I know how it feels to be told by party elders how to act and what to say. Sooner or later it reaches a point at which you begin to look for ways to show them how you feel. And for Kentucky Republicans, a primary fight against the "Big Boss" may be just the thing.

Update [2007-5-22 11:50:52 by RandySF]:

I just want to add my personal feelings about McConnell and this seat and what I have been saying in post for a year now. Past results notwithstanding, this guy is not invincible nor has he ever been loved in the state. Ever since his election in 1984, he has benefited from a lack of serious opponents as most big league Dems have been content to serve in state office. This has to change. The DSCC, Kentucky Democtas and we have to work hard to recruit a major candidate for 2008. Personally, I would choose Ben Chandler and Brereton Jones. As a matter of fact, there was a rumor some time ago that if Jones ran, McConnell would just quit (an unpublished poll put Jones way ahead). If you know someone who can beat McConnell, start leaning on him hard to run.

Originally posted to RandySF on Tue May 22, 2007 at 08:35 AM PDT.

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