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Alison Lundergan Grimes won the Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary with77% of the Democratic vote and that means 23% of democratic voters voted for another Democratic candidate.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has a real chance to defeat Mitch McConnell in the general election but, assuming Mitch McConnell doesn’t become embroiled in a scandal, she’ll need every vote she can get to beat him and Progressive Independent senatorial candidate Ed Marksberry might take away enough votes to keep her from winning.

Seems to me Progressive Independent senatorial candidate Ed Marksberry is in the drivers seat when it comes to Alison Lundergan Grimes having a chance to beat Mitch McConnell.

Ed Marksberry is pretty well known in Kentucky Democratic circles. He’s worked to elect many Democratic candidates and ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2010. During his 2010 congressional race he was snubbed by the Kentucky Democratic Party and the Kentucky Democratic Party’s 2010 U.S. Senatorial candidate Jack Conway, but Ed Marksberry remained faithful to the Kentucky Democratic Party until Kentucky Democratic Party fired out a pro Alison Lundergan Grimes email asking for contributions, while ignoring the other Democratic US. Senatorial candidates in including him.

The Email:

“Did you see the news?
Alison Lundergan Grimes has officially declared her intention to run against Senator Mitch McConnell.
This is big news. The next 48 hours are critical. Click here and help us build a grassroots team that will make sure Alison wins.
Alison is the strongest candidate we could’ve had against Senator McConnell, and she will defeat Mitch.
But defeating Mitch won’t be easy. He is going to do everything he can, say what ever he can and throw more mud than our Commonwealth has ever seen in order to win.
Help us start strong. Click here to make a contribution today.”
The email resulted with Ed Marksberry filing a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court against state Democratic Party chairman Daniel Logsdon.
Lexington Herald-Leader
FRANKFORT — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry thinks his party is not playing fairly with his campaign.

Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor who lost a bid for Congress in 2010, filed a lawsuit Monday in Franklin Circuit Court against state Democratic Party chairman Daniel Logsdon, alleging the party is favoring the candidacy of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"I love the Democratic Party, but if it keeps on doing what it has been doing, it looks like they're ignoring the working class in the party over the rich," Marksberry said Monday during a telephone interview.

Logsdon did not respond to an email and phone call seeking comment. Read more.

Ed Marksberry eventually dropped the lawsuit, dropped out of the Democratic U.S. senate primary race and filed to run as an Independent.

I just got off of the phone with Ed and he tells me he’s well on his way getting the 5000 signatures required to have his name on the U.S. Senate ballot.

It’s a shame it’s come to this, but there’s a price to pay when lifelong Democrats get treated like $hit by the Kentucky Democratic Party and the way it looks now Ed Marksberry is going to make Kentucky Democratic Party pay the ultimate price!

If Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky Democratic Party really believe they’ll need every vote to beat Senator Mitch McConnell this November, I suggest they reach out to Ed Marksberry and show him the respect he deserves and he might help them win.

Remember the 23% of Democratic primary voters that voted against Alison Lundergan Grimes? I wonder how may of them will vote for Ed Marksberry in the general election?

Reckon Kentucky Democratic Party Chair, Daniel Logsdon, will donate to Mitch McConnell during this election cycle?

Bluegrass Politics
FRANKFORT — The newly appointed chairman and executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party has contributed to campaigns of prominent Republicans in recent years, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Read more.

Stay tuned.

Originally posted to Rural Progressive on Tue May 20, 2014 at 07:32 PM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    Mark Twain: "When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because it's always twenty years behind the times." ...

    by Rural Progressive on Tue May 20, 2014 at 07:32:34 PM PDT

  •  Marksberry is a selfish ******* (12+ / 0-)

    He would rather reelect McConnell then help a Democrat become Senator?

    •  Agreed. BUT. (0+ / 0-)

      Ms. Grimes needs to DO MORE WORK to earn a win, and I actually think the presence of Mr. Marksberry  may make her work harder.

      What is up with all these Democrats acting like the GOP? We have to SUPPRESS the field in order to win?

  •  How should they "reach out"? nt (3+ / 0-)
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    Rural Progressive, Lujane, BMScott
  •  The cause is more important than one man. (16+ / 0-)

    Not only is that Senate seat on the line, but also potentially control of the Senate itself—and with it, the fate of any potential Supreme Court nominations from President Obama over the next two years should another justice resign or pass away.

    With all respect to Mr. Marksberry, he needs to reconsider his priorities and support the party's nominee.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:14:02 PM PDT

  •  Wow, Logsdon is quite a piece of work. (4+ / 0-)

    "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

    by nosleep4u on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:17:31 PM PDT

  •  Do you really think he will win more than a few (1+ / 0-)
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    mikeVA

    votes? He will have no money and thus no name recognition.

  •  We had a similar case in 2008 in NYC (0+ / 0-)

    Nobody wanted to run against Vito Fossella.  Steve Harrison who had run against him in 2006 and got 47% of the vote stepped up to run again.  Fossella exploded and decided not to run again and all of a sudden City Councilman Mike McMahon who lived in SI (75% of the district is SI) decided to run (McMahon refused when asked 3 elections in a row to run against Fossella).  At this point the story becomes a soap opera, SI Dems nominate McMahon even though they were previously supporting Harrison.  The candidate the Republicons were going to run died and their new candidate was so hated by voters on SI McMahon won the seat.  McMahon spent 2 years in Congress, voted against ACA, pandered to the right and ran a lousy 2010 campaign and then lost to Michael Grimm in 2010.  We all know what Grimm's been up to with a 20 count federal indictment hanging over his head.    

    Harrison did primary McMahon in 2008 but when he lost he got behind McMahon and fully supported him.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:07:56 PM PDT

  •  So he's never won a political race? (3+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, BenderRodriguez, bahaba

    oh, well, he's a progressive, so we should all send him our cash, out of state cash too. maybe he can run him mouth about "neoliberalism" whatever that is.

  •  Only a matter of time (0+ / 0-)

    The party alienates core constituencies at its peril.  I suspect Marksberry drops out, but the more we see the party dump shit on one wing of the party the more likely a split becomes. Still, with more progressive voices in the caucus I thing this threat is less than it was in the aftermath of the Halter and Lamont campaigns

    I imagine a call from Sen Warren might help talk him down

  •  If Marksberry runs (6+ / 0-)

    the only impact is to simply increase the chances that the GOP will grab control of the Senate. There is literally no chance in hell that Marksberry can win; the only thing he can do is take enough votes away from Grimes to enable Mitch to win. As always, those who vote for the "progressive" candidate who has no chance to win will primly justify their votes for the spoiler on "principles" while the rest of the citizenry suffers from the actual, real-world consequences of their preening, holier-than-thou votes enabling the Republicans to win. Rinse, cycle, repeat.

  •  I watched both candidates' victory speeches... (4+ / 0-)

    last night, and it reminded me of the 2008 primaries, when then-Sen. Obama would give an energetic speech to an electrified crowd, and Sen. McCain would give a lifeless speech to a crowd that was staying up past its bedtime.

    The contrast between Ms. Grimes and Sen. McConnell couldn't be more striking, and we have a real chance at victory here...

    unless, of course, the Leftier-Than-Thou crowd screws everything up.

    We need to keep the Senate in Democratic control. Is this concept too difficult for a certain wing of our party to grasp?

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:08:09 AM PDT

  •  Let's Win: Team of Rivals Time (0+ / 0-)

    As a former Green Party member, it's time to be adults.  Winning by 77% of the Democratic base is good but it would be better to reach out to Marksberry and his voters now.  Alison Nunn sounds like a great candidate and I as woman like her comment about being a Kentucky woman insulted by the "gentlemen" who called her an empty skirt.  She ain't no Sarah Palin but a fracture in the party could cost a senate seat at a time people dislike Mitch.

    Think Lincoln, think "Team of Rivals" where Lincoln put all of the rivals for the Republican nomination for Prez aside and put them in his cabinet.  That was a pretty bitter fight with more seasoned candidates like Seward losing to the new comer Lincoln.  

    We need to come up with a better strategy other than calling people as a spoilers and losing.  

    Time to move on and win.  Calling people spoilers only makes people more determined not to vote for your candidate.

    Don't know Marksberry well but you have to try and reach out to this candidate now and be strategic

  •  48.5k More Dems Voted Than Repubs (2+ / 0-)
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    bufffan20, erg112

    Did anyone else notice that? Even though the Repub side of the primary caught more interest than the Dems, there was a not-to-be-discounted higher number of Dems voting. That margin represents about 6% of the total votes cast.

    If we keep that voting margin in Nov, we have a great chance.

    •  That isn't as indicative as you might think. (1+ / 0-)
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      zbob

      With Kentucky's Democrats enjoying a 475,000-voter advantage in registration (1,672,664 Democrats, 1,196,183 Republicans, 236,499 'other'), one should expect more Democratic primary voters.

      However, Kentucky has a host of conservative Democrats. That's the biggest reason that we've been a red state at the Federal level for quite some time. At the local level, some of the most conservative officials I know are registered Democrats.

      Grimes does have a good chance to win, but primary numbers don't support that to the degree one might expect.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:28:11 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I've always heard that KY Dems... (0+ / 0-)

        "like to keep their Dem politicians close to home at the state level where they can keep an eye on 'em" as a bizarro explanation for why Dems win at the state level but lose congressional races.

        •  That pendulum has swung in my lifetime. (1+ / 0-)
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          cville townie

          When I was in high school, Kentucky's delegation to Washington ran 7-2 Democratic (with Wendell Ford and Dee Huddleston in the Senate) - and one of those Congressional Republicans was an MD who agitated for national health insurance in the 1970s!. In addition, Kentucky went for Jimmy Carter in the 1976 Presidential election.

          Now, it's 8-1 GOP with Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3 - basically the city of Louisville) as the sole Democratic member, and Bill Clinton is the only Democratic Presidential candidate to take Kentucky since Carter.

          The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

          by wesmorgan1 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:00:25 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  This would not be a problem if (1+ / 0-)
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    Rural Progressive

    the State Party had not broken the law and endorsed, fundraised, and played fast and lose with the rules to anoint Grimes instead of letting a Primary take place.

    Had they done that, Grimes might have won, and Marksberry would have backed her.

    But they wanted to anoint a challenger to Mitch, one that has lots of connections and is part of a legacy, then whine and complain that an honest person was driven out of the party by their actions.

    Now everyone is like "oh, it is better to have someone that is pro-coal, won't push for gun laws, wants to keep spending on the military, wants to control the debt, than a candidate that represents KY Democrats because she will have a D after her name even if she will vote like a Republican 95% of the time."  Or as one put it "First get a Democrat, then get a true Democrat."

    Actions have consequences.  Complaining that the consequence is happening is counter productive. Do things right and the negative actions won't happen.  Learn from the bad behavior, fire the people who did it, and drive on.  Do it before the General Election and I would not be surprised to see Marksberry would withdraw because change was being made.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:36:18 AM PDT

    •  Actions do have consequences, you're right. (2+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle, bahaba

      If Mr. Marksberry continues with his actions, the consequence that could result might be our losing the whole of the Senate, because he siphoned votes away from the Democratic nominee.

      If Republicans take the Senate, it will strengthen the Republicans' hand next time they want to take the debt limit or the government hostage, start their little impeachment train rolling down the tracks, and put any potential SCOTUS nominations at risk.

      That will hurt a great many Americans in the short term, and (if there's a SCOTUS nomination) potentially hurt the progressive cause for decades to come.

      I'm forced to wonder: is Mr. Marksberry comfortable with those consequences resulting from his unwillingness to put his own feelings aside and support the Democratic nominee?

      Mr. Marksberry needs to rethink his priorities, change course, and support the only person who could beat Mitch McConnell in November.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:16:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I of course will be voting for Ms. Grimes, (1+ / 0-)
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    Rural Progressive

    however, with a once again sad feeling. This happens often when you are a true liberal progressive living in KY and trying to find a true Dem candidate.  You end up compromising big time.

    Ms. Grimes is going to have to show more grit against McConnell.  So far her big ad is about getting the vote protected for servicemen and women.  That's OK, but what is she going to do about Mitch????

    Now a smart campaign would have reached out and tried to bring Mr. Marksberry into the fold a long time ago.  In fact, since Bill Clinton has been a partial advisor to the campaign, I'm surprised he didn't suggest it.

  •  How Can We be so Stupid Again? (1+ / 0-)
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    bahaba

    Here we go again. Another "purist" with a damaged ego could care less if Democrats keep control of the Senate. Didn't we learn enough from too many suicidal "purists" backing Nader? GOPers, in the end, the party of global warming denial, anti-education, and FOX lies are smart where it counts-- uniting and showing up at the polls. Too many of our educated base, who went for Cutler in Maine, or Nader still don't get it. It's unity and showing up at the polls for the Democrat. Go ALG and ditch Mitch. For more on ALG and Mc Turtle, read   this

  •  Appreciate evryone's sentiment (1+ / 0-)
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    Rural Progressive

    Hi everyone, it's yours truly, Ed Marksberry. I've been reading your comments and I know how most of you feel, I once would have felt the same way, but when I found out what was really behind the Ky Democratic Party curtain, I couldn't be part of a lie no more. I have worked for over a decade as an activist for the Democratic Party, voted Democratic Man Of the Year and was the nominee of the 2nd District US Congressional race in 2010.
    So I have been in the "belly of the beast" for a while.
    I wish I could explain in depth the several reasons why we have ended up to where I no longer wish to be part of the Democratic party here in Ky, but let's just say it like this; The leadership doesn't care about us, Climate-Change, Gay Rights, etc. etc., it's that simple. Sorry to bust your bubbles, but at least you don't have to be educated about this fact the way I have.
    If we ever want to change Ky and other states that are considered "Red", we have to at least start with being honest about Progressive views and stand up for those views.
    Alison may not hurt as many people with her policies as Mitch, but she still hurts people and that is not how I operate.  Please check out my campaign video (the one the Party leadership refused to share early in my campaign) and then judge me.
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    •   Thank you for responding Mr Marksberry (0+ / 0-)

      my views on this are as follows. First, defeating Mitch McConnell comes first. Given the power of incumbency it is rare that an incumbent losses, still rarer when it is one of the big names in the Democratic or Republican parties. Given that the race between Grimes and McConnell is basically a tie any small shift could keep McConnell in the Senate, where he will continue doing what he has been doing for the last 6 years especially and the last 30 years in general- nothing. He has been the ringleader for  Republican obstruction of anything Obama proposes, Obama could propose to declare half the state the "Mitch McConnell National Monument' and they'd still oppose it. given Mitchs incumbency and power within the republican party, it will take a darn good candidate to beat him. It is very rare in US history for a third party candidate to win office it is far far FAR more likely that you will receive just a small percentage of votes. Naders third party run in 2000 took just enough votes from Gore in Florida to give Bush the White House. Cutler is taking enough votes that LePage still has a prayer in Maine. we do not have runoffs in this country, by and large, for governor or house or Senate races. if we did,  things would be different, but we dont. I understand that you feel the party wronged you, theres a reason why getting elected and passing legislation are often compared to watching sausage getting made, its a nasty messy business. lots of ego involved, lots of sucking up to people for money, and very little is actually done on behalf of the average joe and jane. citizens united has only acerbated the problem. getting rid of it, is something the dems should do once they regain the house. i personally believe grimes is the better candidate, but you have the right to put your name out there to give the voters another option. given party politicization these days, not many people will pick option 3, you're either on team blue or team red.

  •  In regards to the letter sent out.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...by the party.

    If the party is sending out a note requesting supporters in my opinion it is by defult NOT a grassroots effort.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:45:32 AM PDT

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