It's official: The Kentucky Democratic Party is Republican-lite. Amazing how scared they are of an Ashley Judd for U.S. Senate campaign yet no one is running for the U.S. Senate?
What kind of Democratic Party do we have in Kentucky anyway? Oh wait, the best candidate it ever nominated for the U.S. Senate was this guy, Bruce Lunsford. He once supported Ernie Fletcher. Not cool man, not cool.
Yeah, what was Lunsford thinking? Beats me.
Now Kentucky Democrats seem to be so determined to fear Ashley Judd yet being too wimpy to be able to nominate anyone of their own kind:
At a time when Democrats in Washington are having second thoughts about embracing Ashley Judd as their standard-bearer against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, Kentucky Democrats are waving red flags about the actress, arguing that her candidacy plays into the GOP's strengths and tarnishes the party brand in the Bluegrass State.And here's Nathan Smith, apparently one of the top "Democratic" donors in Kentucky. Wonder what he's REALLY thinking too.
"She's gonna have a tough row to hoe," said Jim Cauley, who ran Governor Steve Beshear's 2007 campaign and also worked on President Obama's 2004 Senate campaign. "She doesn't fit the damn state. That's her problem. I don't think she fits the voters of the state of Kentucky."
Other Democrats in the state, including a top donor in Northern Kentucky, disagree. They argue she has not been in the state enough to mount a credible attack on McConnell, who will be ready for the fight. Karl Rove's super PAC American Crossroads attacked Judd with a web video earlier this year for living in Tennessee.Apparently Smith also thinks Ashley Judd isn't going to talk to any one in Kentucky with her Senate campaign. Please tell me this guy is joking.
"I'm in this to win it, and I don't believe Ashley Judd is in it to win it," said Nathan Smith, a leading Kentucky Democratic donor, who is also the head of the Manufactured Housing Institute. Smith helped raise money for Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Beshear. He's hosted Hillary Rodham Clinton at his house. He said he called Judd about 10 days ago, prepared to give his advice to the actress, but hasn't heard back.
"If she was to call me tonight, I would give her some advice and I doubt that she'd be excited to come back for round two of that conversation. I don't care how many movies she's made." Smith said.
"Maybe she can become a senator without talking to anybody from Kentucky," Smith said.
Top Democrats who are cool to Judd's candidacy say they'd like to see Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes get into the race. The daughter of a former state party chair, Grimes defeated her GOP challenger by a wide margin. State Democratic officials stop short of calling for a primary if Judd enters the race, but they give voice to a wider concern that McConnell will get whom he wants in Judd -- an opponent who can be tied to the president.Um, Ashley Judd grew up in Kentucky and has been there many times. These "Democratic" guys in Kentucky are such airheads. They couldn't even win any House seats or U.S. Senate races in the past (except real Democrats like John Yarmuth) and now they're telling us Judd is hazardous?
"Electing Ashley Judd gets a Republican Legislature elected. That's what I see at stake here. Your perspective is different if you're in New York or Los Angeles. They don't live here. We do. Judd's candidacy makes it seamlessly easy to Obama-ize this election," one Kentucky Democratic strategist said.
To the Kentucky Democratic Party, you can't have it both ways!
Besides, I don't think they've done their research:
1) It seems the Kentucky Democratic Party doesn't even known their own constituency. Take a look at this New York Times article that points out some interesting observations of an Ashley Judd candidacy:
Still, many residents said Ms. Judd’s character, which they admired, was more important than her politics.2) Ashley Judd is a certified ass kicker and someone who actually gives a damn and proves it.
“She may be a little too liberal for me,” said Janice Taylor, a 71-year-old retiree. But neither was she a fan of Mr. McConnell’s.
“I’ve got tired of him,” she said. “He’s always against everything.”
Perry Dalton, 67, who retired from the AK Steel plant in Ashland, said he was a Republican but liked Ms. Judd because she was not a typical politician.
“I know she wants to come back to help her state, her community, just from her heart,” said Mr. Dalton, holding the hand of a granddaughter before a ride on an electric indoor train at the Town Center mall. “I know she’s more liberal than me. But honesty is more important to me than anything.”
Joan Christian, 42, a hospital technician, said she previously voted for Mr. McConnell but would not rule out Ms. Judd even because of her current residence out of state.
“I think she’s as qualified as anyone,” Ms. Christian said. “She was an educated professional woman before she was an actress.”
Ok guys. Let's give the Kentucky Democratic Party hell:
Phone: (502) 695-4828