(WHAS11 Political Blog) After a campaign rollout hobbled by Jack Conway's own words at the Fancy Farm political speeches in August, then often kept on the defensive by rival Democrat Daniel Mongiardo's campaign during the fall, Conway's U.S. Senate campaign now appears to be hitting its stride, evidenced by a consistent, disciplined message.... jobs.
Conway's focus on jobs comes after he hired the bulk of his veteran campaign team in December. I'd be curious to see what issues Conway's pollster has found are the highest priority for Kentucky voters, but a new Rasmussen Reports poll is revealing:
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Kentucky voters say their own finances are good or excellent, while 18% rate their finances as poor. Twenty percent (20%) say those finances are getting better, but 42% say they’re getting worse.
With foreign policy and terrorism are also top of mind, nationally, I wonder to what extent Conway will be able to tout his record as Attorney General on other issues, such as cyber crime legislation and Medicaid fraud. His gasoline price gouging investigation may hit a populist economic nerve.
Kentucky's Attorney General spent the better part of two weeks talking to small groups of community leaders on a "Jobs Tour" of the Commonwealth, and is now relying upon that excursion in daily updates (full text is reprinted below) from his campaign:
February 4th before the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association:
“Now is not the time for petty words, now is the time for meaningful action. We must create jobs, bring accountability to Washington and work to decrease the deficit."
February 5th statement in support of Senate passage of PAYGO (Pay as you go) legislation:
"I spent much of January traveling the state on our Kentucky Jobs Tour. Repeatedly, people told me they are tired of the fiscal irresponsibility of our elected leaders in DC."
February 6th statement on Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) holding up presidential appointments:
"As I've been traveling across the state, people repeatedly tell me that Washington isn't working for them. Given news like this, it's not surprising. Instead of obstruction and partisan bickering, Kentuckians are demanding meaningful action."
On Thursday, the Rasmussen Reports poll of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race showed Conway more competitive against the Republican frontrunners than rival Democrat Daniel Mongiardo, though both Democrats trailed either Republican frontrunner. Two days earlier, on the day the poll was being conducted, Conway's campaign reported a 2009 year-end fundraising total of $2.33 million with $1.7 million in cash still on hand, more than any other Senate candidate in Kentucky.
A Public Policy Polling poll in December gave Conway a 37% - 33% lead over Mongiardo in the primary. That was in sharp contrast with a WHAS11/Survey USA poll in November that had Mongiardo up by 11 points.
February 4, 2009
Jack Conway calls for a focus on job creation, accountability
LOUISVILLE – In a speech before the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway, yesterday outlined his focus on job creation and the needs of people in the Commonwealth.
Conway spent much of January traveling Kentucky on a Jobs Tour, where he met with people across the state and discussed ways to create jobs and improve the economy.
“Everywhere I go across the state, I talk to families who tell me Washington isn't working. Kentuckians need help and they need it now. We need a senator who will fight for jobs, opportunity and fiscal responsibility,” Conway said. “This race isn’t about me, or about any other candidate. It’s about how we can help the people of Kentucky.”
Conway spoke about a range of job creation initiatives including implementing tax credits to help businesses grow and expand, ensuring Kentucky coal is an important part of our energy future and increasing access to educational opportunities in the state.
“Now is not the time for petty words, now is the time for meaningful action. We must create jobs, bring accountability to Washington and work to decrease the deficit. Kentucky deserves a Senator who will work with members of both parties to get results for the Commonwealth."
February 5, 2010
PAYGO passage could be a step in the right direction
LOUISVILLE - Jack Conway, Democratic candidate for United States Senate, today issued this statement regarding the passage of PAYGO:
"I was very pleased yesterday to see Congress pass pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation. PAYGO, if enforced, can act as an effective control on spending in Washington and help bring us the budget surpluses we had in the 1990s.
"I spent much of January traveling the state on our Kentucky Jobs Tour. Repeatedly, people told me they are tired of the fiscal irresponsibility of our elected leaders in DC. If elected to be Kentucky's next Senator, I will bring accountability to Washington, put a stop to out-of-control spending and cut the deficit.
"Prior to the State of the Union Address on January 27, I urged President Obama to call for renewed adherence to the PAYGO system and I am glad to see it has moved through Congress.
"In these challenging times, Kentucky families are forced to make tough choices to live within their means. Now Washington must do the same."
February 6, 2010
Conway admonishes Senator's distasteful tactics
LOUISVILLE - Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Jack Conway, today issued the following statement regarding reports that Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL, has placed a hold on at least 70 presidential nominees - including judges, intelligence appointees, and Defense and State department officials - in an attempt to procure over $35 billion in earmarks:
"Senator Shelby's decision to hold the government hostage to obtain special favors for his state is distasteful. It is reminiscent of the backroom deal on health care struck by Senator Ben Nelson, D-NE, in December.
"As I've been traveling across the state, people repeatedly tell me that Washington isn't working for them. Given news like this, it's not surprising. Instead of obstruction and partisan bickering, Kentuckians are demanding meaningful action.
"If I am elected Kentucky's next senator, I will work to bring accountability to Washington and focus on helping Kentucky families by working to create jobs and provide opportunity in the Commonwealth."