Loose Ends: Fischer grabs labor endorsements, Yarmuth added to CNN 100, Republican Party of Kentucky asks Conway to return state pay

09/01/2010 05:07 PM

Democratic candidate for Louisville Greg Fischer has received the endorsement of 29 different labor unions in Louisville, according to news release sent out by his campaign.

The unions represent workers from different industries, including the United Auto Workers and International Brotherhood of Electric Workers and Pipefitters. Fischer and representatives from the unions announced the endorsement Wednesday morning in front of IBEW’s offices on Preston Highway.

Fischer said he was “honored” to receive the endorsements, which were meant to show Fischer “is the best candidate to create jobs and put the city back to work,” according to the release.

“Working men and women are the backbone of Louisville’s economy, and it is good paying jobs that have created a strong and thriving middle class, keeping our community healthy,” Fischer said in his statement. “Unfortunately, one in 10 people in Louisville is unemployed and that number is even higher in some of our neighborhoods. We must put Louisville back to work. I will put Louisville back to work.”

Joe Burgan, spokesman for Republican Hal Heiner’s campaign, said Fischer has changed his position on job creation depending on what group of people he speaks too.

“It’s no surprise that a group of union heads would endorse Greg considering he’s spent the summer telling unions one thing and business leaders another,” Burgan said.

CNN adds Yarmuth to list of top 100 House races

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, who represents Kentucky’s Third Congressional District, has been added to news network CNN’s list of the top 100 U.S. House of Representatives races to watch this fall, according to a update on the list published this week.

Yarmuth joins 6th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, who made the original list when it debuted in late July.

Neither candidate is listed in the top 50 most vulnerable seats according to the list, but CNN still expects both races to be competitive enough to watch this fall.

Landing on the list doesn’t worry Yarmuth campaign manager Elizabeth Sawyer, she said in a statement.

“If a double digit lead makes this race one of the top 100 to watch, I like the Democrats’ chances of keeping a sizable majority in Congress this November,” she said.

Jay Hill, the campaign manager of Republican Todd Lally, who is running against Yarmuth, said the addition of the Third District race is due to Lally’s fund-raising competitiveness.

“Our race moving onto the CNN 100 list is a function of the fact that Todd out-raised Yarmuth in the second quarter and that Yarmuth is an unapologetic defender of Nancy Pelosi and he has voted with her 99% of the time,” Hill said. “ There is no such thing as a jobless recovery and now we are on the brink of a double-dip recession. Now that Yarmuth and other incumbents are trying to distance themselves from President Obama it shows they are trying to avoid responsibilty for their voting record.”

Republicans blast Conway for out-of-state fund-raising

The chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, Steve Robertson, is calling for current attorney general Jack Conway, who is running for Jim Bunning’s open U.S. Senate seat, to return his state pay while Conway is fund-raising outside the state of Kentucky.

“If Kentuckians ever wondered whose priorities Jack Conway would put first if he made it to Washington, his fund-raising getaway outside of the Commonwealth certainly speaks volumes,” Robertson said in response to a follow-up, according to the release. “Conway continues to put his own political aspirations before the best interests of his constituents, and Kentuckians deserve to know: During the days that Conway is outside of the state, who is doing his day job? Who is protecting Kentuckians while our Attorney General is tending to his liberal fans outside of the state?”

Calling Conway’s fund-raising trips “The Don’t Stop Spending Tour,” the RPK released a list of places Conway will be fund-raising over the next 30 days, usually spending a few consecutive days out of state before returning, according to the GOP’s list.

A poster for the Republicans’ message portrays Conway as lead singer of a band, with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as bandmates.


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