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U.S. Senate Update: KY Democrats

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Echoing the sentiment of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Attorney General Jack Conway ended the Eastern Kentucky leg of his Jobs Tour last week saying, “Over and over folks tell me Washington needs to stop the name-calling and out-of-control spending and start creating jobs."

But the campaign spokesman of Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, the other Democrat frontrunner in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, challenged Conway by name in a news release about a $250,000 grant for a feasibility study of a high speed rail network through Kentucky, saying "Kentuckians simply cannot afford Jack Conway’s lack of vision about how to create jobs and economic growth.”  Kentucky's grant is tiny compared to the $8 billion in high-speed rail grants from the Obama administration.

As Mongiardo is hammering Conway, Democratic candidate Maurice Sweeney of Eastwood is hammering Mongiardo over his quote in a British newspaper that he would not want President Barack Obama to campaign with him in Kentucky.

"As
the
top
ranking
Democrat,
Mongiardo
showed
his
lack
of
leadership
and

understanding
of
the
opportunity
present
when
a
candidate
can
bring
our
Commander
and

Chief
to
the
Commonwealth," 
Sweeney said in a statement.

 Sweeney also took WHAS-TV to task for not covering his campaign, and the Kentucky Association of Manufactuers are criticized for not including anyone but the frontrunners in their forum.


Here are the news releases from the Democrats:

 

Jack Conway wraps up Eastern Kentucky leg of Jobs Tour


LOUISVILLE – The Conway campaign for United States Senate wrapped up a swing through Eastern Kentucky as part of the campaign’s Kentucky Jobs Tour. While in the east this week, Conway visited with residents in counties stretching from Pike to Greenup to discuss ways to create jobs in the Commonwealth.
“I’m doing what politicians are notoriously bad at doing and that’s listening. Kentuckians are hurting and Washington needs to do more to help,” Conway said. “Over and over folks tell me Washington needs to stop the name-calling and out-of-control spending and start creating jobs.  That’s why I’m running for Senate.” 

Among the counties Conway visited were Boyd, Carter, Floyd, Greenup, Lawrence, Johnson and Rowan.  At courthouses and coffee shops, public assistance offices, community hospitals and other stops along the tour, Conway talked with residents about what is important to their communities. Support for the coal industry and manufacturing sector were chief economic concerns.

“Kentucky’s prosperity comes from what we can grow, mine or build and we must ensure the protection of these economic engines. I am on record in opposition to cap-and-trade and any other legislation that would raise electricity rates by hundreds of dollars for Kentucky household and take jobs away from our state,” Conway said. “ We also need to reevaluate trade deals and strengthen enforcement of existing laws to even the playing field for Kentucky businesses and keep jobs from going overseas..”

You can learn more about Conway’s Kentucky Jobs Tour by going to our website at www.JackConway.org/KentuckyJobsTour. On our site, you will also find extras like Jack's daily video diary from the road:
 


 

Mongiardo Renews Call for Kentucky To Be Included in Nation’s High Speed Rail Plan

Applauds  News  Kentucky To Be Included in Feasibility Study

Conway Has Said Including Kentucky in Plan, “Is Not Rooted in Reality”


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FRANKFORT --- In the wake of today’s announcement that the Federal Railroad Administration has approved a $250,000 grant to study the feasibility of including Kentucky in a national high speed rail network, Lt. Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate Daniel Mongiardo renewed his call --- made 2 months ago ago in a speech in Louisville --- that Kentucky be included in a new national high speed rail network.

“As I advocated two months ago, today’s announcement is the first step towards hopefully including Kentucky in a high speed national rail network that could bring badly needed jobs and economic growth to our state. I applaud today’s announcement because much like the federal interstate highway system, Kentucky can not afford to be left behind in a new national high speed rail network. As a U.S. Senator I will fight to get Kentucky included,” said Mongiardo.

Last month, Attorney General Jack Conway dismissed Mongiardo’s call for including Kentucky in a new high speed rail system saying Mongiardo’s plan was “not rooted in reality.”

With today’s  announcement, Mongiardo’s campaign spokesman Kim Geveden called on Conway to embrace Mongiardo’s call for Kentucky to be included in such a rail network.

“Daniel Mongiardo has shown he has the vision and ideas to create jobs and spur economic growth in Kentucky,” said Geveden. “In contrast, Jack Conway has dismissed the idea of Kentucky being part of a national rail plan that could create jobs and economic growth throughout Kentucky. How many more billions will be invested in developing a new rail network in other states, creating jobs in other communities before Conway acknowledges the economic benefits and jobs that could be associated with making Kentucky part of a new national rail grid?” said Geveden.

“Daniel Mongiardo believes Kentucky’s workers, small businesses and manufacturers cannot afford to be left behind.  If we do not begin working now to get Kentucky included in our nation’s high speed rail plan, the routes will pass-by our communities, along with the jobs and economic growth associated with it. Kentuckians simply cannot afford Jack Conway’s lack of vision about how to create jobs and economic growth,” said Geveden.
 


 Maurice Sweeney

Recently
in
the
media,
Lieutenant
Governor
Dan
Mongiardo
made
reprehensible
comments

regarding
inviting
the
President
to
Kentucky
to
convey
the
desires
and
needs
of
Kentucky

citizens.

As
the
top
ranking
Democrat,
Mongiardo
showed
his
lack
of
leadership
and

understanding
of
the
opportunity
present
when
a
candidate
can
bring
our
Commander
and

Chief
to
the
Commonwealth.


Such
a
visit
would
be
an
opportunity
to
sell
Kentucky
and

Kentucky’s
desire
to
play
a
larger
role
in
the
U.S.
economy.

During
a
time
in
which
job

creation
and
economic
redevelopment
are
at
the
forefront
due
to
the
implications
on
the

future
vitality
of
this
great
state,
such
comments
are
thoughtless
and
should
not
be
excused.



“The
only
thing
I
find
as
appalling
as
the
comments
made
by
Lieutenant
Governor
Dan

Mongiardo
regarding
his
unwillingness
to
ask
the
President
to
campaign
in
Kentucky
is
the

continued
snub
of
WHAS
TV
from
interviewing
all
candidates
for
their
views;
particularly

one
who
lives
in
Jefferson
County,”
states
Maurice
Sweeney,
Candidate
for
U.S.
Senate.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sweeney Speaks Out Against the Deliberate Exclusion of United
States Senate Candidates in Kentucky
 
As
a
candidate
for
the
United
States
Senate,
the
time
has
come
to
ask
who

will
decide
who
the
next
Senator
from
Kentucky
will
be.


On
Monday,
January
25,

2010
the
Kentucky
Association
of
Manufacturers
(KAM)
held
a
debate
in
which
they

did
a
great
disservice
to
the
people
of
Kentucky
by
choosing
to
invite
only
four

candidates.
Three
of
those
candidates
were
moonlighting
and
neglecting
their
duties

as
elected
officials.
They
have
a
job
and
a
contract
with
the
people
of
Kentucky.


But
the
fault
is
not
theirs
alone.
The
fault
is
with
the
KAM
and
their
failure
to

invite
all
the
candidates
to
debate.
The
KAM’s
unpatriotic
act
shows
how
special

interest
groups
care
less
about
democracy
at
work
and
is
also
a
reminder
of
how
the

same
type
of
special
interest
groups
have
led
so
many
Americans
to
distrust
our

leaders
in
Washington.


These
special
interest
groups
have
taken
it
upon
themselves
to
influence
the

electorates
of
whom
they
believe
the
better
candidates
might
be
and
whom
they

believe
are
the
front‐runners,
when
no
candidate
has
secured
much
more
than
30%

support
from
likely
voters.
In
the
end,
our
democracy
asks
everyday
Kentuckians
to

vote
for
our
next
U.S.
Senator
yet,
the
KAM
dismisses
the
courage
of
everyday

Kentuckians
who
challenge
the
self
proclaimed
career
politicians
who
believe
their

sense
of
entitlement
has
more
value
than
those
of
us
who
were
serving
our

community
when
no
one
was
watching
or
when
the
media
was
not
there.



The
KMA’s
carelessness
has
a
trickle
down
affect
to
who
gets
invited
to

debates,
who
gets
free
media
attention,
and
who
the
public
might
want
to
hear
more

about
and
worst
of
all
contributes
to
the
misinformation
to
the
public
whom
we
all

seek
to
serve.
As
the
campaign
season
starts
in
earnest
we
ask
that
all
free
loving

Kentuckians
insist
that
debates
across
our
Commonwealth
from
Dog
Catcher
to
the

Senate
have
all
persons
on
the
ballot
be
represented.



From Conversation to Pulling Kentucky Together! 

We are in this race to win, which is our goal! We can win because our travels around the state have proven that:
1.    Kentuckians have reached there tipping point with politicians who do not listen, deliver, and relate to needs of everyday Kentuckians.
2.    Term limits is the most expedient way to ensure that elected official to the Senate work for Kentuckians rather than for raising money trying to get reelected.
3.    That a record of service and accomplishments has greater value than career politician’s sense of entitlement.

    At this time, my campaign is organizing committees/focus groups to really find out the needs and concerns for the people of the Commonwealth. We understand the trials and tribulation of Kentucky’s working families and the process of defining solutions starts now.

    Our major issues for now will focus on creating jobs and strengthen our economy, education, protecting Kentucky rural areas, and accountability of Wall Street and in Washington D.C. Please visit our website for additional information www.ibelieve2010.com.

    Our mission for our campaign is to uplift and improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and to bring us into the mainstream of our Nation that recognizes the benefits of inclusion when dealing with world markets in the 21st century.

   I am running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, I promise I will represent all Kentuckians. The email feedback I received last week from our first newsletter has been positive and helpful and in many cases disturbing. In reading some of the responses we know that while the state is more progressive thinking than given credit; many in our hometown are not. They seem to be living in a time when all of Kentucky citizens were not equally valued. Some of the language and rhetoric while disturbing encourages us forward and serves as fuel for a light, which shines on the path of this campaign; a campaign not about me but about a better Kentucky.

    History making is not for the “Weak at Heart.” Our place in history will tell the nation that Kentucky can do better, and we expect nothing less from our leaders in Washington D.C.

    Now, we start the process of going beyond conversation? We need you to help us do this by going to our web site and making a contribution and volunteering your time. “Freedom is not free!” .  "Freedom is not free!" Your contribution and time will be the beginning of a better Kentucky.
 

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