Howard Dean sends out fundraising e-mail for Conway, asking to help respond to P'Pool's 'smear campaign'

11/04/2011 12:08 PM

Former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is getting involved in this year’s Attorney General race, sending out a call for cash on behalf on Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway.

In an e-mail, Dean says Republican challenger Todd P’Pool is running a smear campaign against Conway, referencing new ads P’Pool launched saying Conway has covered up a drug investigation into his brother, Matt Conway.

“Now his opponent is attempting a last minute smear campaign out of desperation, spreading lies about Jack and his family,” Dean says in the e-mail. “We cannot allow this shameful low form of politics to continue, and that is why I am asking you to join me today in helping Jack launch his response.”

The e-mail asks supporters to donate $5,000 in the final days of the campaign to help Conway fund his own response ad to P’Pool’s attack ads.

P’Pool has brought in a host of out-of-state politicians to help his campaign. Today, P’Pool announced the endorsement of former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is recording a robo-call for P’Pool to run this weekend.

P’Pool has also brought Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former New York Mayor Rudy Guliani to Kentucky to fundraise or campaign with him.

In response to Guliani’s appearance in Louisville last week, Conway told Pure Politics he wasn’t bringing in or using outside support because he felt the attorney general’s race should be about state, not federal issues.

And while Dean doesn’t advocate for any federal issues, sticking mainly to Conway’s talking points of being a good protector of Kentuckians, the former governor is a well-known national Democratic figure. In a statement Conway’s campaign said their plans changed after P’Pool launched his latest ad.

“We are proud to have the support of people across the Commonwealth of Kentucky but our opponent’s latest false and deceitful attack ad, has left people outraged,” Conway spokeswoman Allison Haley said in a statement. “In the aftermath, there has been overwhelming support for Jack Conway, even some from out-of-state, because people know he is committed to making Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


  • Bruce Layne wrote on November 05, 2011 01:09 PM :

    I don’t think out-of-state celebrity endorsements will help much in the Kentucky AG race. P’Pool will be helped a bit by Sarah Palin robocalls. but what’s Dean going to do for Jack Conway? Will we get another trademark Dean scream? “Jack Conway? I love this guy! YEEEAAAAHHH!”

    P’Pool mentioning the Conway Coverup is “spreading lies”? The Conway Coverup was reported in the Courier Journal, with numerous supporting facts, and Conway’s defense is pretty much, “No I didn’t.” I realize that it’s difficult to prove you didn’t do something, and the burden of proof should always be on the accuser, but there was a lot of evidence suggesting that Jack Conway tipped off his brother Matt so he wouldn’t be caught in a felony drug raid, and I’ve seen no credible evidence to suggest that Jack Conway didn’t do this. He could have been motivated by a desire to protect his brother from prosecution, but he definitely had a strong motivation to protect his own political career that would have been ruined by his brother’s felony drug arrest. With the evidence against Jack Conway, why isn’t there an investigation? Good luck getting an investigation of the attorney general.

    That being said, I’m not a P’Pool supporter. I have the distinct feeling that he’s another career politician. I’ve seen an example of P’Pool using his current position to raid an unpopular but legal local business for his own political gain. We don’t need Kentucky’s chief prosecutor to be Kentucky’s chief PERSECUTOR.

    Bad as he is, I’m still voting for P’Pool. By my standards, on a scale of 1 to 10, P’Pool is a -63, but Jack Conway is a -67. It’s the old lesser of two evils game, and it’s almost close enough that I’d sit out this race and vote for none of the above. But, hey, at least he’s not Jack Conway… right?

    The reason that it’s so difficult to find a good candidate in our Attorney General race is the requirement that the candidate be a lawyer. That’s not the best pool of candidates.

  • Rocko wrote on November 08, 2011 11:00 PM :

    Who ever Sarah Palin says is good, is good for me.

    24,000 emails and she comes out smelling like a ROSE..

    Christie, Obama, Perry, Cain, Newt would all go right to jail If their emails were exposed..
    Romney is the only one of the bunch that would come out clean.

    I’m hoping that Palin will endorse Romney.
    Be nice if Romney would pick Palin as his VP..
    Drill Baby Drill.

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