The Chatter: Horne's 527, Conway's staff change and Chandler-Barr in CNN's 100

07/27/2010 01:43 PM

With Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race becoming more into the national focus as Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul continues to make headlines, seemingly every week, a new 527 organization led by former Kentucky Democratic candidate Andrew Horne has formed, calling themselves Kentucky Leadership, Congressional Quarterly reports.  Horne, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, entered Kentucky’s political scene in 2006 by losing to U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in a Democratic primary to unseat then U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, also ran in the 2008 Democratic primary for Mitch McConnell U.S. Senate seat. In the most recent Federal Election Commission filings for current Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway, a $1,600 donation came from Horne still left open 2008 Senate campaign.

Speaking of Paul and Conway, much of the early noise-making in their general election contest has gone to Paul, who has experience staff shake-ups and constant questioning of his positions. But in the last 48 hours, Conway has found his campaign in the news from some of the same issues. Jack Brammer of the Herald-Leader reports that Conway has hired a new communications director, John Collins, yet spokeswoman Allison Haley said her role will not change. Brammer also reports on Conway’s speech at a rally on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which Conway used as an opportunity to blast Paul.

CNN has narrowed down 100 U.S. House of Representatives races to watch this fall, calling it the CNN 100. The list is broken down into 50 of the most vulnerable seats and another 50 to watch. One of the 50 to watch is the seat of Democratic 6th Congressional District Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles, who faces a challenge from Republican Andy Barr.

CNN also reports on the full page ad union AFSMCE took out in Monday’s Courier-Journal blasting Kentucky Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell while he was in town for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The union projected a YouTube video against McConnell on various downtown Louisville buildings Monday night.

- Kenny Colston


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