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.
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.
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.