The Jack Conway U.S. Senate campaign, energized by perceived gains on the issue of drug abuse policy in Kentucky, is now preparing to take the Senate battle to Republican opponent Rand Paul's home turf, the Internet.
In an e-mail to supporters, and another indication of the nationalization of Kentucky's open seat race, Conway plans his first ever "moneybomb." The one day blast of campaign cash is modeled after the moneybombs and moneyblasts of Paul and his libertarian icon father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), whose presidential campaign raised $6 million in one day in the most successful moneybomb.
"It's a sign of unity. It's a sign of determination. It's a sign that we're going to beat Rand Paul," Conway said in the e-mail announcing the Sept. 7 event. "If it's done right, it can create a lot of news coverage, inspiring even more people to contribute and providing a huge campaign boost."
"But as Rand Paul has waffled on his extreme positions, his moneybombs have been fading -- he announced yesterday his latest fell hundreds of thousands of dollars short of its goal."
In fact, the Paul campaign had told a blog that it was aiming for a $400,000 moneybomb, but came up about $140,000 short of that goal. A fundraising thermometer on the Paul website showed $500,000 as the ceiling.
Though Paul obviously had no guarantee of reaching his stated goal, veteran Democratic consultant Danny Briscoe tells the Courier-Journal, that,
".... Conway has probably lined up that much in contributions. 'Why else would you come up with such an idea? There's no sense of announcing it if you can't beat him.'”
The CJ's Joe Gerth also got a comment from Paul spokesman, Gary Howard:
“Followers always try to copy real leadership. Unfortunately, Jack can't copy Dr. Paul's principled leadership of repealing Obamacare, opposing Cap and Trade and balancing the budget.”