The Chatter: DSCC's ad buy for Conway, Paul's money bomb, and a Republican for Beshear

08/20/2010 10:43 AM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is planning to spend $1.3 million for ads to help Jack Conway in October, the National Journal’s Hotline reports. The DSCC believes Kentucky is one of its best chances for a Senate seat pickup, the article says, and that Republican Rand Paul’s quotes on the Eastern Kentucky drug problem is costing Paul some support in the area. UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement after the story broke saying “voters in Kentucky are tired of the Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend policies, and they’ve rejected Conway’s eager support for President Obama’s damaging economic agenda.”

“In the wake of desperate attempts to backtrack on his support for the largest tax increase in American history, it’s clear that liberal trial lawyer Jack Conway’s campaign is justifiably worried about his chances against Rand Paul this November,” said the statement from Amber Marchand, NRSC’s press secretary. She was referring to Conway’s position on whether to keep the tax cuts Congress passed during President George W. Bush’s administration.

Paul, meanwhile, is in the second of a two-day online fund-raising effort, which his campaign calls a “money bomb.” Paul’s campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters saying the campaign had raised $122,000 by 10:30 a.m. In the e-mail, Paul said this was the first two-day money bomb of the campaign. Past single-day money bombs have brought in six figures to Paul’s campaign coffers.

In other news:

  • Former Republican Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, who served with Ernie Fletcher, will throw a fund-raiser for current Gov. Steve Beshear on Sept. 9 in Jefferson County, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Beshear defeated then-incumbent Fletcher in 2007 to win the governor’s office back for Democrats. But Pence and Fletcher ended their administration on bad terms in the wake of Fletcher issuing pardons to administration officials indicted during an investigation into improper state worker hirings. The fund-raiser will take place at the Louisville home of John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s pizza, Brammer reported.
  • The latest meeting of the Louisville and Indiana Bridges Authority found that tolls could be put in place on Spaghetti Junction, alone or in addition to bridge tolls, Marcus Green of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. According to consultant Wilbur Smith Associates, tolls could range from 50 cents to $3 and there are five different tolling options. The top three Louisville mayor candidates, Democrat Greg Fischer, Independent Jackie Green and Republican Hal Heiner, denounced the tolling study. A cn|2 Poll released last week showed that a majority of Louisville voters would prefer a toll of less than $2.
  • U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth has sent a letter to current and incoming CEO of General Motors asked the company to re-think its plans of re-opening a plant in Mexico. Click here to read Yarmuth’s letter.


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