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Dems: KY U.S. Senate race update

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 27, 2010 at 4:22 PM

It's been a rough and tumble fight between frontrunners Dan Mongiardo and Jack Conway in the Democratic contest.  Three other Democrats are also on the primary ballot.

Here's the latest from the respective campaigns:

Daniel Mongiardo

Mongiardo on Wednesday joined Republican opposition to the confirmation of Ben Bernanke for a second four year term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, saying  "Bernanke bares a fair share of responsibility for today’s financial mess."  On Tuesday, Republican candidate Trey Grayson had challenged both Mongiardo and Jack Conway to oppose the confirmation.

“With Wall Street paying out record bonuses while Kentucky families and businesses continue to struggle, I would vote against Ben Bernanke for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. We need a Federal Board Chairman who focuses on helping Main Street --- not just Wall Street,"  Mongiardo said in a statement.

Jack Conway

The Attorney General's "Jobs Tour" continues in eastern Kentucky Wednesday.  A Conway news release says he spoke about Head Start with the Paintsville-based Community Action Program.

“We know that children who can’t read at seven years old are more likely to drop out of school by the age of 16. Early intervention in a child’s education, through programs like Head Start, is one of the most effective ways to reduce dropout rates,” Conway said. “I’ve worked to improve education in this state since I was part of the Patton administration and I will continue to do so as Kentucky’s next Senator because education equals jobs.”

In Ashland Tuesday afternoon, Conway met with residents who talked about the negative impact of rising unemployment in the region over the last several years, including the loss of nearly 700 jobs in 2009 due to cut-backs at AK Steel and Progress Rail.

“ If I am elected to the Senate, I will fight for fair trade practices in order to level the playing field and keep companies from shipping our jobs overseas,” Conway said.

Maurice Sweeney

As I catch up on a week of voice mails, the Eastwood candidate left a message saying he was "appalled" that Daniel Mongiardo was reluctant to have President Obama campaign with him (presuming Mongiardo wins the Democrat nomination).

Sweeney also took me to task for not asking him his opinion on the controversy, as he is a local candidate.  He plans on canvassing in Louisville's East End on February 6 and attending a Shelby County Democratic Party "Meet and Greet the Candidates Night" on February 16th at 5:30pm.

Darlene Fitzgerald Price

Not aware of any updates from the campaign of the retired U.S. Customs Special Agent.

James Buckmaster

The Henderson physician filed for Senate in December, his campaign website is still under construction.  His facebook page responded to a criticism that his views on Obamacare sounded more like a Republican:

Kentucky Democrats are a diverse group. I am a Democrat who every day reaches out to the poor at my work. I am pro life and pro-family and I pass these values on to my children and reflect them in my practice. These are values that reflect Kentucky Democrats and there are many more conservative Democrats that think just like me.
Conservative Democrats will make our voices heard this spring. We are proud of our country and love our fellow man, and that is what makes us Democrats.