Loose ends: Democratic unity and the Tea Party's next party

06/05/2010 05:17 PM

Last week, Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Conway deflected questions about whether his party would feature a similar pep rally to the Republicans’ “unity rally” following the May 18 primary election.

“We’re going to be a unified party, but I have now taken more questions about Democratic Party unity from you all than you were allowed at that so-called unity rally a week and a half ago,” Conway, the attorney general, told reporters on Wednesday.

He was referring to the GOP event at the state party’s headquarters in which top-ranking officials, such as U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and most of the Republican congressmen from Kentucky, joined losing primary candidate Trey Grayson to stand behind their nominee, Rand Paul. McConnell and Paul refused to answer questions from reporters after speaking at the event.

Here’s the video of Conway when reporters asked whether “bad blood” still exists with Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, whom Conway defeated in the primary:

Mongiardo has kept a low-profile since his narrow loss to Conway in the May 18 primary.

Kim Geveden, Mongiardo’s friend and former campaign spokesman, said the lieutenant governor will support Conway but there probably won’t be any imminent formal rally or event because most voters have disengaged from the political scene now that the primary is over.

State tea party movement rally

Supporters of the tea party movement got their man Paul as their Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, but have been rather quiet over the last two weeks.

That will change July 10 with a planned 5 p.m. statewide rally at the Capitol in Frankfort, said David Adams, campaign chairman for Paul’s campaign and tea party supporter. The movement’s last major events in Kentucky came on April 15 when it had a series of rallies across the state on tax deadline day.

Adams said he attended a planning meeting for the July 10 rally on Wednesday in Louisville. He said as many as 1,000 people could be expected to show up for the grassroots-driven event.

The themes of the rally will be voicing opposition to the health care bill Congress passed this spring and speaking out against government spending and debt — which have been major tenets of both the movement and of Paul’s campaign.

Paul will be among those in attendance, Adams said.

JMM for ‘J’ running for PVA

Country music star John Michael Montgomery will be the headliner for a June 12 fund-raiser for Jay Whitehead, the Republican candidate for Fayette County property valuation administrator  who goes by “J” on his campaign signs.

The campaign announced Montgomery, a Danville native, would attend the evening event at Meadow Lane Farm, in a news release Saturday.

Whitehead is challenging incumbent PVA David O’Neill, who handily defeated former PVA Renee True in the May 18 Democratic primary.

- Ryan Alessi


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