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Yesterday posts appeared on Kos and MyDD telling of the disasterous new numbers that have been polled for Mitch McConnell recently. While these numbers were music to my ears, I noticed that only one link to one potential challenger of Mitch McConnell, Crit Luallen was linked in the story.

Well, as noticed by Matt Gunterman over at ditchmitchky, Crit Luallen is not the only candidate who Democrats here in Kentucky are mentioning for this race. Read his post here calling out Markos and Jonathan Singer for ignoring some of the other fine candidates here in Kentucky who could defeat McConnell:

I know the national party, including Chuck Schumer are trying to recruit Luallen, and that they believe that they can choose our candidate for us. However, many of us believe in other candidates, in my case outgoing A.G. Greg Stumbo. Stumbo recently pointed out one potential weakness to a Luallen candidacy:

Another possible candidate, Attorney General Greg Stumbo, said Tuesday he plans to decide by mid-December whether to enter the Senate race. Stumbo also took aim at potential Democratic rival Crit Luallen, saying voters would be turned off if she launched another campaign right after winning re-election as state auditor.

"I don't think you can take the oath of office for a four-year term one week and turn around and file for another office the next," Stumbo said in a phone interview.

In my eyes, Stumbo has a very good point. He also showed confidence in his own ability to win the nomination:

"I think right now that my chances in the spring to get the nomination, no matter who's in the field, are exceptionally good," said Stumbo, whose term as attorney general ends in early January.

And why shouldn't he? Without the help of the DSCC, and mostly from grassroots Democrats in Western Kentucky, Greg Stumbo has shown that he can raise funds by shattering his goal for his Exploratory Committee, $100,000 already as chronicled here:

It seems while the DSCC and some in the blogosphere want to write Stumbo off in favor of Luallen, Kentucky grassroots Democrats don't feel the same. Why not? Well, they remember how after the election of 04, national Republicans were allowed to get away with offense after offense, including the stealing of American's Constitutional rights. While our whole Congress rolled over to President Bush, here in Kentucky when our now disgraced soon to be Ex-Governor tried to get away with the replacing of merit workers with political hacks, A.G. Stumbo made national headlines and put his career at great risk to ensure our Executive in Kentucky didn't get away with the same tactics. A.G. Stumbo did anything but roll over, he launched an investigation that ultimately led to Fletcher being forced to pardon much of his administration. This showed how crooked he really was, and he never recovered. Democrats in Kentucky owe A.G. Stumbo a debt of gratitude for our huge victory here earlier this month.

But not only that, Stumbo has had a long career of fighting for Democratic ideals and Progressive policies in Kentucky. Lets look at some of his accomplishments briefly:

Prior to being elected Attorney General, Stumbo was elected to 12 terms as a State Representative and was Kentucky's longest-serving House Majority Floor Leader and the only Kentucky legislator in state history with 19 years experience in legislative leadership. When first elected House Majority Floor Leader in 1985, Stumbo was the youngest Majority Floor Leader elected in the nation. In January 2003, he was elected to an unprecedented 10th term in that post.

Serving as a Representative from Prestonsburg in Floyd County – a vibrant community in the heart of Kentucky's Appalachian coalfields – Stumbo was known as a tireless fighter to protect Kentucky's environment and natural resources and was hailed as "the chief defender" of Kentucky's environment by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Here is a list of Progressive policies passed by the Kentucky Assembly with Stumbo as leader:

Education Reform – a complete restructuring of Kentucky's public education system called "a national model" by the Los Angeles Times.

Campaign-finance reform

Executive Branch and Legislative Branch ethics reform

Upgrading KASPER – the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system (Stumbo co-chaired the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force responsible for the legislation)

Increased penalties for habitual domestic violence offenders

Passage of state lottery legislation (with Stumbo as prime sponsor)
Legislation to promote tourism throughout Kentucky

Modernized mining policies between mineral owners and landowners
Workers' compensation reform

Instrumental in community college reform compromise (a key provision of the Postsecondary Education Reform Act of 1997)

Increased severance tax dollars to coal producing and coal impact counties

Stricter penalties for violent offenders (with Stumbo as prime sponsor)

Stumbo also led the fight to protect two of our most precious resources, our children and our environment:

Attorney General Stumbo is a member of the Environmental Crimes Work Group and is Chair of the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which oversees the Child Victims Trust Fund. In addition, Stumbo represents Kentucky as Vice Chair of the Environmental Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

In fact, shortly after announcing his Exploratory Committee, Greg Stumbo renewed his dedication for not only fighting for the children of Kentucky, but the whole nation in blasting McConnell and supporting the SCHIP expansion:

When I was in the state legislature, I helped create KCHIP - Kentucky's version of the program. I have to say, I honestly can't believe Sen. McConnell voted against the nation's children that way, and any excuse is just that, an excuse.  I most certainly would have been for the expansion of the SCHIP program and think it says a lot about our government and leadership when it's more important to give billion dollar tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy than to insure our nation's children.

In fact, Greg Stumbo has shown that he is dedicated to fighting for the Constitutional rights for all Americans by opposing the FISA bill which gave President Bush broad powers to wiretap Americans without a warrant. As a former prosecutor and soon to be former Attorney General of Kentucky, Stumbo realized this was a blatant violation of our Constitution:

Greg is absolutely not in favor of Expanding the Government's powers to blatently violate the constitution that way.  Even as a prosecutor, he understands that prosecuting entities have to have checks and balances, and particularly because of how the Republicans have politicized the Justice Dept.

The simple truth is, if they run into something they believe to be a credible threat, they would have no trouble getting a warrant for the wiretap.  They already have very broad latitude. They know that, but they use the fear of terrorism to justify their actions.

Thanks again.

I think this speaks volumes about the character and priorities that Greg Stumbo would bring to the table in the U.S. Senate. How many Democratic Senators already serving rolled over on this one and stabbed us in the back? It is clear that Greg Stumbo puts the rule of law, and the Constitution over the constant fear-mongering and hype surrounding the "War on Terror". He doesn't want Americans to give up generations of Constitutional protections at the whim of a madman. Are the DSCC and their strategists really that scared of having another Senator who will show what they haven't, a backbone?

I think Greg Stumbo is just what we need in the Senate. A Democrat with a backbone that will fight not only the Republicans in the Senate, but Democrats in the Senate when they are wrong. Maybe that is what they are all so scared of.

So, before those in the blogosphere gleefully jump on another bandwagon, maybe people like Markos and Jonathan Singer need to actually look at what Greg Stumbo brings to the table and what he has fought for, because it certainly is not lost on grassroots Democrats here in Kentucky. Maybe they need to make sure that all the other candidates support our Constitution and the rule of law as Greg Stumbo does.

I know I don't have the pulpit that people like Kos, and Singer have, but I hope I have made my case effectively to some of you as to why I am supporting Greg Stumbo. As a resident and voter, and grassroots Democrat activist in Kentucky, I think my opinion should hold more water than that of outsiders, and of the DSCC. Before any of these people come meddling in a primary in which Kentuckians should choose their best candidate, I hope they will take a look at the record of Progressive change, and fighting for the ideals of our party that they are opposing.

Originally posted to RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 07:11 AM PST.


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  •  tips!! (0+ / 0-)

    For another Senator with a backbone!!!

    Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

    by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 07:12:06 AM PST

  •  Do (0+ / 0-)

    The "no" votes actually want to explain what they base their vote on? Is it the fact that Stumbo supports the SCHIP program, or that he supports the Constitution? Is it the fact that he can raise money? Is it the fact that he has a proven track record fighting for the ideals of our party?

    Or are we so used to Democrats not having a backbone that we can't stomach one anymore? Just curious.

    Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

    by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 07:50:09 AM PST

  •  Political Bio (0+ / 0-)

    RD, You have chosen to post this edited bio for Mr. Stumbo. Don't leave out the parts that are not so flattering.

    Tell us all the facts.

    Tell us about the Ethics report that said he could not run against Fletcher as long as he was prosecuting Fletcher for the hiring scandal.

    Tell us about how Stumbo then worked out a deal with Fletcher to drop the charges.

    Tell us about Stumbo then signing on to run for Lt. Governor on a ticket with Bruce Lunsford. (Nursing home scandal)

    Then tell us about the history of Bruce Lunsford. The guy who trashed Ben Chandler in the 2004 Gubernatorial Dem primary. The Bruce Lunsford who then dropped out of the race at the last minute, and then proceeded to endorse Republican Ernie Fletcher.
    The same Bruce Lunsford who has a long history of funding Republican candidates.

    Please tell us all the facts.

    •  All the facts (0+ / 0-)

      Are easily readable in the link provided. Why do you insist on ignoring the positives of Stumbo?

      The fact of the matter is that he has fought for Democratic priciples his whole life. He fought to expose Fletcher. He supports the Constitution. I am not trying to hide any facts from anyone.

      I have seen you on stating that you would not support Stumbo even if he is the Democrat nominated which would help enable McConnell to win this seat back. Why aren't you sharing that fact with any of the Democrats here.

      I know you have an axe to grind with Stumbo. That is no secret. Ignoring his accomplishments and his strong points is not good either!!

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 08:36:02 AM PST

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    •  You know (0+ / 0-)

      Stumbo and Lunsford are different people. Stumbo's investigation had done its damage and now we are rid of Fletcher. Why don't you own up to that? Here is your post:

      Rich: Don't know about the threats re: Stumbo. But there are two "Dems" who will never get my vote for anything. Stumbo and Lunsford, they are politically dead as for as I'm concerned.

      Posted by: kentondem1 | Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 06:59 PM

      Would you really like to see McConnell back in office over a good Democrat like Stumbo? If so, maybe you are the one with the problem!!

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 08:40:00 AM PST

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      •  RD and Stumbo (0+ / 0-)

        You have attacked me, the messenger, but not the facts I have listed.

        My conscience determines who I vote for. As a life long Democrat I believe in those who do what is best for the party, not their own political expediency.

        It is not my fault that Stumbo threw away his values to become joined at the hip with the likes of Bruce Lunsford. I will never be able to figure that out.

        Nothing like a little light on the big picture.

        •  Joined at the hip? (0+ / 0-)

          Stumbo and Lunsford don't even speak anymore. Stumbo refused to show at a rally beside Lunsford. Your facts? That Stumbo destroyed Fletcher and allowed us to win the state house easily? That a deal was worked out AFTER a judge said the prosecution couldn't go forward until AFTER the Gov. election? That Bruce Lunsford is a scoundrel?

          Stumbo had nothing to do with the defeat of Ben Chandler and in fact as a member of the same ticket worked to get him elected.

          What about the fact that he saved Kentuckians millions of dollars fighting unjust utility rate increases? What about the fact that he fought for fair elections in Kentucky. What about the fact that he was the first A.G. in the nation to bring price gouging charges against oil companies in the wake of Katrina? What about the fact that he has been a constant fighter against the spread of Meth, and predators seeking to take advantage of Kentucky's children? What about the fact that he would have a backbone on the protection of the Constitution? What about the fact that he favors and would fight for the expansion of healthcare to the poor children of America?

          You have attacked and smeared Stumbo for no other reason than a personal vendetta that is not based in fact. You are the one that is having trouble with the facts here. Just because you can unjustly smear Stumbo on bluegrassreport doesn't mean you can do it in my diary here unanswered.

          I noticed your userpage on Kos. Did you create an account specifically to smear Stumbo in my diary? You only had one comment in your history. It seems to me if anyone here is having trouble with facts it is you, not me.

          If you want to shine light on the big picture, again I ask you to tell us all if you will support McConnell if Stumbo is the Democratic nominee. If so, your are the type that has poisoned our party in Kentucky, and allowed the Repugs to take over in a state with majority Democrats.

          Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

          by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 09:25:04 AM PST

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    •  Also (0+ / 0-)

      Greg Stumbo has never endorsed a Repug for anything!! He has fought against them and been dragged through the mud by them.

      Do you deny it took courage to take on Fletcher? Do you deny that Stumbo as A.G. fought to protect consumers from predatory utility rate increases? Has another potential candidate in this race come out against the FISA bill?

      Sure, Stumbo did run with Lunsford whom I detest. However, they don't even like each other now, and lumping them together is lunacy. Stumbo brought Lunsford the 20% he got in that primary.

      Over here in West Ky. I have spoken to a lot of grassroots Democrats who are thrilled to death Stumbo may run. So why don't you save your attacks for the Repugs and McConnell?

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 08:45:27 AM PST

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    •  Tell me (0+ / 0-)

      One time that Stumbo endorsed or supported ANY Republican. Did your post on bluegrassreport mean that you will be voting for McConnell if Stumbo wins the nomination? Tell us that.

      If you will not support our nominee NO MATTER WHO IT IS, that makes you no better than Lunsford in my book. I support Stumbo, but will work my butt off for the nominee if it is not him. Are you ready to retract your statements and make the same pledge, or is ridding our country of McConnell not more important than your personal vedettas?  

      Will you tell us about that?

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 08:58:46 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for giving a update (1+ / 0-)
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    Crit seems like a slightly stronger canidate but Stumbo seems better on the issues and he also would have more time to dedicate to a campaign.

    •  Thank you!! (1+ / 0-)
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      I have no axe to grind with Luallen. I think if she wanted to run against McConnell she should have done it instead of running for auditor. Stumbo is very good on the issues and simply has the fighting spririt it will take to win this race. The comment above shows he has already been dragged through the mud and is used to it.

      Democrats over here in Western Kentucky have a lot of respect for Stumbo because as A.G. he fought Atmos Energy and saved us a lot of money on our gas bill. He would do very well on the Western end of the state, which has been going Repug.

      Does he have weaknesses? Yes. Does every other candidate who might run? Yes. Being able to take a shot and fire back will be essential in this race, and Stumbo is a master at it!!

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 08:50:32 AM PST

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  •  RD & Stumbo (0+ / 0-)

    Now there is a headline:

    Candidate Smeared With Facts.

    •  What about the facts? (0+ / 0-)

      I presented? You are mum on that. I thought you would be!! Go ahead and vote for McConnell, you are made for each other!!

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 11:17:02 AM PST

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    •  I notice (0+ / 0-)

      You aren't man enough to refute my facts, or answer my questions. What a surprise. On Kos, you can't just smear someone like bluegrassreport without facing the music.

      The fact is Stumbo has done a lot more for Democrats in this state than you ever will. At least he is brave enough to answer a simple question. Will you support Greg Stumbo if he is the nominee? I will support another candidate if he is not. If you can't answer that question, stop wasting my time with your smears that have been completely refuted. You are looking bad.

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 11:22:37 AM PST

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    •  kentondem1 (0+ / 0-)

      Now there is a headline, supports McConnell over Democrat. LOL!! You are truly a starving comedian!!

      Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but from our own misguided policies- RFK

      by RDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 11:25:43 AM PST

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  •  We need progressive DEMS everywhere! (1+ / 0-)
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    We all know that a Dem is not a Dem is not a Dem. In supporting the Democratic Party "in general", people should donate money to the PDA.

    And remember, dollars add up! So it´s not necessary to give big bucks, just give whatever you can.

  •  I'm definitely leaning (0+ / 0-)

    for Stumbo and like you I will support the democratic nominee for senate  title=

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