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Nasty campaigns, harsh words, and an apology

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 10:42 PM

An intense and increasingly nasty political week is getting even more colorful.  Here are the quotes of mid-week, with accompanying news releases after the excerpts:


Kim Geveden, spokesman for Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo U.S. Senate campaign:

"Jack Conway has perfected the Washington two-step—saying different things to different voters. Whatever ‘City Jack’ says or does, ‘Country Jack’ says or does the opposite.  It is hard enough for us to keep up with all of Jack’s flip-flops, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for Kentucky voters."

KY Attorney General Jack Conway, U.S. Senate candidate:

"Under the current corporate tax system, in general the bigger you are, the less you end up paying - that isn't fair to working men and women who pay their taxes."

Magellan Strategies CEO David Flaherty apology for neglecting to include Bill Johnson in GOP primary poll:

“It was a gross oversight on our part and we sincerely apologize for any problems this may have caused to the Johnson, Grayson and other Republican US Senate campaigns in Kentucky.”
               
“The US Senate ballot test question from our February 18th survey is not accurate because Bill Johnson and other declared candidates were not included in the question."

Trey Grayson and Bill Johnson joint news release debunking rival Rand Paul's claim to be "Pro-Life:"

 Grayson:   “There’s no ‘probably’ when it comes to the issue of partial birth abortion among Kentucky pro-life activists.  Whether it’s Bill Johnson or myself, Kentuckians deserve to know who can be counted on to protect life and stand up for our conservative values in the race for U.S. Senate.”

 Johnson: “Rand Paul denies it now, but I’ve heard him say that he supports allowing individual states to decide the issue of abortion.  He describes himself as a Constitutional conservative, but he ignores the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees our rights to life, liberty and property.  Life should be protected at all levels of Government, including the Federal level."

Rand Paul campaign blasting Grayson, ignoring Johnson:


"Dr. Paul is 100 percent pro-life and will support laws, state or federal, that would end abortion or save the lives of innocent children."

“The people of Kentucky deserve better than to be lied to.  And unborn children deserve better than to be made political pawns by Trey Grayson.”

 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

‘If the White House wants real bipartisanship, then it needs to drop the proposal it posted yesterday, which is no different in its essentials than anything we’ve seen before — and start over. And they need to take this last-ditch reconciliation effort off the table once and for all’

 "... this is the height of legislative arrogance. If you didn’t like the Cornhusker Kickback, get ready. This is the Cornhusker Kickback on steroids."

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield:

“While the past several months of closed-door meetings and behind the scenes deal making have left many Americans, including myself, disheartened about the healthcare debate, I remain hopeful that Democrats and Republicans will be able to find some way forward that will improve our healthcare system without bankrupting our nation,” Whitfield said

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth:

“Currently in Kentucky, one insurance company controls 59 percent of the market. Year after year, that lack of competition means Louisvillians are stuck with higher premiums and fewer choices,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “This legislation is a critical step forward to help create more affordable, high-quality health insurance options for American families in a more competitive marketplace.”

KY Senate President David Williams on slot machines at Churchill Downs:

"I just don't see how anyone can think it would be a good idea of putting the crack cocaine of gambling right down there."

Tony Herbert, Business Manager for the Sheet Metal Workers' Union:

"Jim King has proven over the past five years on the Metro Council that he believes in providing Louisville jobs for Louisville workers and ensuring that our union members have the opportunity to participate in our local government process."


Mongiardo campaign

City Jack v. Country Jack
Conway Saying Different Things To City and Rural Voters
Conway Has Perfected Washington Two-step

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FRANKFORT – Upon learning of remarks made by Attorney General Jack Conway before the Harlan County Rotary Club in rural eastern Kentucky yesterday, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Daniel Mongiardo’s campaign spokesman Kim Geveden said, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we are very flattered that Jack Conway has adopted Dr. Mongiardo’s Kentucky specific jobs plan relating to coal and transportation as his own.  The question for Kentucky voters now is, which is the real Jack Conway? 

“Jack Conway has perfected the Washington two-step—saying different things to different voters. Whatever ‘City Jack’ says or does, ‘Country Jack’ says or does the opposite.  It is hard enough for us to keep up with all of Jack’s flip-flops, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for Kentucky voters,” Geveden said.

Geveden pointed to Conway’s speech before the Harlan County Rotary Club as the latest example.   In his speech "Country Jack" said, "Creating a more integrated transportation system, leads to economic growth because it creates jobs ..."

Three months ago, when Mongiardo proposed an integrated transportation plan as part of his overall Kentucky jobs plan at Louisville’s Old Union Station, a proposal that specifically called for including improving rail in Kentucky, "City Jack" dismissed it as "unrealistic."

In his speech yesterday, "Country Jack" said, "Coal is a valuable resource and that is why I am on record in opposition to cap and trade legislation, which threatens the industry …"
However, eight months ago, "City Jack" was on record supporting "Cap and Trade" legislation.

"Country Jack" said, he would also "fight to support investments in research and development of coal technology to ensure its place in our nation's future."

However, just days before launching his campaign for U.S. Senate, "City Jack"  invested millions of dollars in a Texas natural gas company whose CEO advocates for replacing coal with natural gas and says investing in new coal technology is a "waste" of tax payer money.

Throughout 2009, "City Jack" bragged, “I am the candidate preferred by the  national Democratic Party" but now, "Country Jack" claims he is an “independent-minded Democrat who’ll take on Washington establishment.”

Geveden said, “Until a recent shift in the political winds, Jack Conway bragged endlessly about being the candidate of the Washington establishment, supported by the National Democratic Party. Now, he’s singing a different tune, but there are already plenty of silver spoon establishment politicians like Jack Conway in the Senate who have perfected the art of double speak.  It’s one of the biggest reasons why our country is in the shape it’s in.  Sending another establishment insider like Jack Conway to the Senate is not going to do a thing to change the culture in Washington."

"As the product of a rural working class family, Kentuckians know Daniel Mongiardo understands the challenges and economic hardships they are going through.  Kentucky voters trust Daniel to represent their interests and values.  They trust him to take on the entrenched special interests and establishment insiders and fight to change the culture in Washington," Geveden added.

Issue
 Country Jack
 City Jack
 Kentucky Values Says he was raised on rural western Kentucky values Shouts profanities on the church lawn at Fancy Farm in front of church elders, women and children
 ‘Cap and Trade’ legislation  Says he opposes it  Says he supports it
Investing in new coal technologies and research Says he will fight to invest in new coal technology and research Has invested millions in a Texas natural gas company that says investing in new coal technology and research is a waste of tax dollars
 Holding Wall Street Accountable  Says he's going to hold them accountable Has taken over a hundred thousand dollars from Wall Street Insiders and Special Interest Lobbyists
Investing in an integrated transportation plan for KY that includes rail Says investing in an integrated transportation plan for KY that includes rail leads to economic growth because it creates jobs Calls a comprehensive, integrated transportation plan for KY that includes rail, “unrealistic”
Standing up to the Washington political establishment Says he will be an Independent Democrat who holds Washington accountable Says he is “the preferred candidate of the National Democratic Party”


Conway unveils plan to hold Wall Street accountable, Save taxpayers $130 billion

HAZARD - While visiting Eastern Kentucky, Jack Conway, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, today unveiled another facet of his policy to create jobs and restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to Washington.
Conway spoke about how critical it is to outlaw offshore tax havens in order to help improve economic conditions in our state and our nation.

Eighty-three of the nation's 100 largest companies have offshore tax shelters. Those companies include Wall Street banks like Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, which received taxpayer-funded bailout money. In fact, nearly every major TARP recipient has offshore tax shelters.

"Under the current corporate tax system, in general the bigger you are, the less you end up paying - that isn't fair to working men and women who pay their taxes," Conway said.

Conway's plan calls on Congress to:

-Pass legislation eliminating the U.S. deductions on foreign corporate income and interest so that American taxpayers are not subsidizing investment abroad.

-Shut down offshore tax havens by passing legislation similar to what Sen. Carl Levin has proposed in the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, which would effectively declare that all designated tax havens should be treated as if they are within the United States for purposes of tax law.

-Together, these initiatives could save taxpayers as much as $130 billion over 10 years - money that can be used to create jobs and reduce the federal deficit.

A 2008 study by the Government Accounting Office found that 25 percent of large U.S. corporations paid zero corporate income tax in 2005 - the most recent year statistics were available.

"This just isn't right and it's another reason why Washington is not working for Kentuckians. Our tax dollars should not be subsidizing American companies to operate overseas and avoid paying U.S. Taxes," Conway said. "If I am fortunate to be elected to the United States Senate, I will restore accountability and make sure Wall Street is paying its fair share."
 

 


Magellan Strategies

Subj: Apology letter to Bill...
       
              
                Louisville, CO – Magellan Strategies CEO David Flaherty today contacted US Senate candidate Bill Johnson and apologized to him personally for not included his name in Magellan’s February 18th survey of likely Republican primary voters. Magellan CEO David Flaherty stated “It was a gross oversight on our part and we sincerely apologize for any problems this may have caused to the Johnson, Grayson and other Republican US Senate campaigns in Kentucky.”
              
                Flaherty continued, “The US Senate ballot test question from our February 18th survey is not accurate because Bill Johnson and other declared candidates were not included in the question. Without Bill Johnson and the other primary candidates included in the ballot test question the results are obviously not an accurate reflection of the Republican primary ballot that voters will choose from on May 18th.”


Friends of Trey Grayson / Johnson Senate Committee Joint Press Release

For Immediate Release:                                                       
Wednesday, February 24, 2010       
Rand Paul’s False Claims on Abortion Don’t Match His Previous Statements

Florence, Kentucky –
 
            Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Businessman Bill Johnson, both Republican candidates for U.S. Senate issued the following response today to the claims contained in Rand Paul’s radio ad on the topic of abortion:

            “There’s no ‘probably’ when it comes to the issue of partial birth abortion among Kentucky pro-life activists,” said Grayson.  “Whether it’s Bill Johnson or myself, Kentuckians deserve to know who can be counted on to protect life and stand up for our conservative values in the race for U.S. Senate.”
 
            “Rand Paul denies it now, but I’ve heard him say that he supports allowing individual states to decide the issue of abortion.  He describes himself as a Constitutional conservative, but he ignores the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees our rights to life, liberty and property.  Life should be protected at all levels of Government, including the Federal level,” said Bill Johnson.

While Rand Paul claims to be pro-life, he has in the past voiced support for allowing states to decide the issue and has opposed federal regulation of abortion.  Rand Paul in his own words:

“But he [Paul] was more evasive when it came to some social issues like abortion and gay marriage. He said he believes marriage is between a man and woman but wouldn’t say how he’d vote on such issues in the Senate, instead saying such matters should be left up to states.” (Ronnie Ellis, “Paul Touts Fundraising Success, Stakes Positions On Federal Issues,” The McCreary County [KY] Record, 10/20/09)

“And on abortion, Paul expressed discomfort with federal laws but said he “probably” would have voted for a federal ban on a procedure that has been called partial-birth abortion by its opponents.”  (Joe Gerth, “Can Paul win Kentucky Senate Race?”, The Courier-Journal, 10/19/2009)
                                                                                                              
“I think we should make Roe v. Wade part of our philosophy as far as states’ rights - in believing that states should have the prerogative over this.”  (Rand Paul Speaking in Jessamine County, 9/3/2009)
 
"I would introduce and support legislation to send Roe v. Wade back to the states."  (Rand Paul Speaking in Paducah, 5/9/2009)

"Libertarian would be a good description," Rand Paul told CNN, "because libertarians believe in freedom in all aspects of your life – your economic life as well as your social life as well as your personal life."  (CNN’s Political Ticker, 5/4/2009)
 
“Paul’s father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is a strong states’ rights advocate who wants the federal government out of people’s lives. He opposes federal drug laws and says the U.S. government should not outlaw gay marriage because only churches should be in the marriage business. During a conference call Friday, Rand Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist, talked around some of those questions and others, perhaps signaling that he knows his positions on such issues might be a tough sell to Kentucky Republicans. He prefers to talk about fiscal issues, allowing him to ride a populist wave that erupted after the nation’s economy went bust, prompting federal bailouts.” (Joseph Gerth, Op-Ed, “Can Paul Win Kentucky Senate Race?” The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal, 10/19/09)
 
“[T]he Paul campaign issued the following response: . . . . ‘Reconciling Rand’s positions with Kentucky voters is easy. Kentucky is a socially conservative state which mostly upholds Christian values. If we protect states’ rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, then we protect Kentucky values from Californians or Vermonters or out-of-control Congressional Democrats and President Obama. Kentucky voters want and deserve to have their rights protected by Rand Paul’s strict constructionist understanding of the United States Constitution.’ David Adams, campaign manager.” (Joe Arnold, ABC Affiliate WHAS’s Political Blog, www.beloblog.com/WHAS_Blogs/PoliticalBlogger, Posted 10/20/09)
 
Middlesboro Daily News: What about instances of rape or incest or where the outcome may not be death, but severe medical problems for the mother or child. Do you think that in these cases the decision should be left to the government rather than the families?  Paul: In cases of rape, trying to prevent pregnancies is obviously the best thing. The morning-after pill works successfully most of the time. Ultimately we do better if we do have better education about family planning.   With partial-birth abortion, there were five women who testified that it threatened their life. It wasn’t completely true in all cases. They were non-viable babies. They were babies with awful genetic mutations that were not going to survive, and I tend to think we let nature take its course. (Lorie Settles, “US Senate Hopeful Rand Paul Visits Middlesboro,” The Middlesboro Daily News, 1/26/10)


Trey Grayson jeopardizes unborn children for political gain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 24, 2010 

BOWLING GREEN, KY – In yet another desperate attempt to prop up a campaign being rejected by the grassroots conservatives of Kentucky, Trey Grayson has released  yet another attack ad distorting Rand Paul’s positions. The campaign issued the following statement:

“Notwithstanding the lies in Grayson’s negative ad, Dr. Paul is 100 percent pro-life and will support laws, state or federal, that would end abortion or save the lives of innocent children.

“Dr. Paul has clearly stated that he supports federal efforts to protect the unborn, including a Constitutional Amendment defining life as beginning at conception and the repeal of Roe vs. Wade.  He is against federal funding of abortion, against federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and would support any federal measure that ends abortion once and for all.

“Rand Paul made his first public statements condemning abortion before his church when he was 17 years old. In medical school, Dr. Paul refused to participate in abortion “training.” And, Rand has been a member of The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons for 20 years, a doctor organization that takes a strong pro-life stance and fights for a legal definition of life as beginning at conception.

“But Trey Grayson is right about something.  There IS a difference between Rand Paul’s 100% pro life position and Trey’s positions.

“While Rand Paul has clearly stated he will work for and support these federal measures, Rand is also a true advocate for the unborn.   And since Trey seems unclear, what that means is that Rand Paul will advocate for any and all measures that would allow individual states to protect life while we await the necessary votes for a true federal ban.

“A bill allowing states to act to end abortion – much like a repeal of Roe v Wade – could come much sooner than any true federal ban.

“But Trey Grayson has declined to support legislation that would stop the federal government from forcing California and New York-style abortion on demand on the people of Kentucky.

“Trey Grayson refuses to empower Kentucky to stop abortions and save the lives of potentially thousands of babies every year.   

 “The issue is simple, and doesn’t stand up to Trey Grayson’s lies and posturing. Only one candidate in this race is truly 100% pro life, and that is Dr. Rand Paul. Rand Paul supports any and all measures to save unborn children.  Trey Grayson simply cannot say that, and proved it today.

“Trey Grayson refuses to acknowledge that while pursuing a goal of ending all abortion nationwide, we might in fact be able to save babies right here in Kentucky much sooner if other measures are also considered.

“That is not a true pro-life position, and the people of Kentucky will see through these latest distortions, just as they’ve seen through all of Trey’s other attacks.

“The people of Kentucky deserve better than to be lied to.  And unborn children deserve better than to be made political pawns by Trey Grayson.


McConnell:  Reconciliation Talks Cloud Health Summit Purpose

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding tomorrow’s White House Health Care Summit:

“Earlier this week, the White House unveiled its latest iteration of the Democrat plan for health care reform — and, to put it quite simply — it was a major disappointment.

“It was our hope that when the administration called for a health care summit at the White House it would be an opportunity for both sides to come together and start over. Now it’s perfectly clear the administration had something else in mind entirely.

“The plan we saw Monday is hardly a starting off point for a bipartisan discussion on common sense reforms. It’s really just more of the same: a massive government scheme with all the flaws of the previous proposals that the American people have already seen and rejected. Changing the name and increasing the cost is not what Americans have been asking for, and it’s certainly not reform.

“To make matters worse, even as lawmakers head down to the White House for this health care summit tomorrow, Democrats on Capitol Hill are working behind the scenes on a plan aimed at jamming this massive health spending bill through Congress against the clear wishes of an unsuspecting public. What they have in mind is a last ditch legislative sleight of hand called reconciliation that would enable them to impose government-run health care for all on the American people, whether Americans want it or not. And we know that Americans don’t, in fact, want it. Americans have seen these proposals before. They don’t want them. So this is the height of legislative arrogance. If you didn’t like the Cornhusker Kickback, get ready. This is the Cornhusker Kickback on steroids.

“In light of all these behind the scenes efforts to get around the will of the people, it’s hard to imagine what the purpose of Thursday’s summit is. If the White House wants real bipartisanship, then it needs to drop the proposal it posted Monday, which is no different in its essentials than anything we’ve seen before — and start over. And they need to take this last-ditch reconciliation effort off the table once and for all.

“Then we can work on the kind of reform Americans really want — step by step proposals that will actually get at the problem, which is cost. That’s what the American people have been asking us to do for a year. If ever there were a time for the administration to show it’s listening, it’s now. Reform is too important. We can’t let this opportunity pass.”
 


Whitfield Weighs in on Healthcare Summit

Congressman Presents ‘10 Principles’ to Help Guide Healthcare Debate

WASHINGTON – On the eve of the White House Healthcare Summit, U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) met with a key healthcare negotiator to present his “10 Steps to A Healthier America,” a package of reform proposals the Congressman has championed throughout the healthcare debate. 

“While the past several months of closed-door meetings and behind the scenes deal making have left many Americans, including myself, disheartened about the healthcare debate, I remain hopeful that Democrats and Republicans will be able to find some way forward that will improve our healthcare system without bankrupting our nation,” Whitfield said. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to present my proposals to be considered during the summit which would ensure Kentuckians receive the care and treatment they need at a cost they can afford.”

Whitfield met with Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Joe Barton (TX-06) today to discuss the White House Health Care Summit being held tomorrow. The summit is an effort on the part of the Obama Administration to bring together Democrat and Republican leadership to discuss healthcare reform proposals currently pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Ranking Member Barton is one of the leaders who will be attending the summit and Whitfield met with him today to present his healthcare principles.

Whitfield’s ‘10 Principles’ aim to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare; make certain that the chronically ill are able to receive the treatment they need; and enhance and encourage medical research and health information technology. Additionally, Whitfield’s proposals would make information on healthcare options more readily available for patients; allow groups to purchase insurance across state lines; and make it more affordable for businesses to provide healthcare coverage for their employees.

Whitfield has been an outspoken critic of the healthcare proposals currently pending in Congress as well as the “behind-closed-doors” process the bills have been shaped under. The Congressman has said he is concerned the proposals could decrease the quality of care Kentuckians receive, hamstring small business owners in the midst of an economic recession and increase the already sky-high national debt.


Yarmuth Votes to Increase Competition in Health Insurance Marketplace

New Legislation Will End Exemption from Antitrust Law for Insurance Industry, Increasing Competition Among Insurers and Helping Control Costs for Consumers


(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) voted to put an end to the antitrust exemption on health insurance companies and create new competition in the insurance marketplace, as the House approved the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act by a vote of  406 to 19. That legislation will give health insurance companies competitive incentives expected to enhance the affordability, quality, and choice of plans available to consumers.

“Currently in Kentucky, one insurance company controls 59 percent of the market. Year after year, that lack of competition means Louisvillians are stuck with higher premiums and fewer choices,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “This legislation is a critical step forward to help create more affordable, high-quality health insurance options for American families in a more competitive marketplace.”

Since 1945, health insurance companies have been exempt from federal antitrust law. Currently, only health insurers and Major League Baseball have such an exemption, and 94 percent of all insurance markets are considered “highly concentrated” – meaning consumers have little or no choice between insurance providers.

In Kentucky, the top two insurers control 69 percent of the market.

Supported by groups leading consumer groups such Consumer Federation of America and the Consumers Union as well as the National Association of Attorneys General, removing the antitrust exemption is expected to increase competition in the marketplace between insurers and contain costs and increase benefits for working families.

The Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act would also give the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission the authority to investigate evidence of collusion and price fixing in the insurance industry for the first time in 65 years.


SHEET METAL WORKERS' INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION LOCAL UNION 110 ENDORSES JIM KING FOR MAYOR
Louisville, KY:
Today, the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local Union 110 proudly endorsed Jim King for Mayor of Louisville. This comes as the third endorsement in less than two weeks for King for Mayor. The Sheet Metal Workers' Union represents over 450 members locally.

"Jim King has proven over the past five years on the Metro Council that he believes in providing Louisville jobs for Louisville workers and ensuring that our union members have the opportunity to participate in our local government process," said Tony Herbert, Business Manager for the Sheet Metal Workers' Union. The Sheet Metal Workers of Louisville believe Jim King is the right person to lead Louisville toward a better tomorrow."

Councilman King has had a 100% pro-labor record as Metro Councilman, standing with working families on issues like a living wage, fair labor standards and supporting apprenticeship programs. Additionally, he recently released "Ten Commitments to Louisville's Working Families" that provides workers with a written commitment that ensures their voice will be heard in city government.

"The Sheet Metal Workers' endorsement of my campaign for Mayor is greatly appreciated and shows again my commitment to standing up for working families in our community. I'm humbled and honored by their endorsement," said Councilman Jim King.

Councilman King has recently rolled out endorsements that include the Carpenters and Millwrights Union, the Asbestos and Insulators Union, the United Union of Roofers and several key south-end elected officials including Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Stengel, former Mayor of Shively, Jim Jenkins, State Representative Dennis Horlander and Metro Council members George Unseld, Bob Henderson, Marianne Butler and Dan Johnson.

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