The Chatter: Kentucky politics in the news

06/08/2010 06:52 PM

Here are some of the items involving Kentucky politics that are being buzzed about:

  • The 527 invasion into Kentucky looks like it’s about to begin.

Politico’s Ben Smith reports that Americans for Working Families, an outside group set up under IRS section 527, will get involved in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul. The group will use the consulting firm and pollster employed by Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo during the Democratic primary race he lost to Conway, Smith reports.
  • Paul seeks another friendly national interview, this time with Sean Hannity on Tuesday afternoon.

Paul stuck to his message of smaller government and pushing for congressional reforms during a 13-minute telephone interview on Hannity’s national syndicated show. “I find your positions very interesting,” Hannity said at one point during the exchange. At another point, Hannity praised Paul’s response about favoring local handling of drug-related court cases as the “most thoughtful” response of a libertarian-leaning candidate he’d heard.

The campaign appears to be trying to paint Paul as disingenuous and “a typical politician” as the ad attempts to portray Paul as backtracking on some initial — and controversial — statements. Conway has started the race by trying to define Paul like Paul’s GOP primary opponent Trey Grayson. But he’s going about it in a slightly different way. Grayson tried to paint Paul as out-of-the mainstream with “strange ideas” rather than Conway going on the offensive with the flip-flopping-typical-politician label.
  • The HuffingtonPost comments on Paul’s conversation Monday with Neil Cavuto on Fox News.
  • A Washington Post/ABC News poll reports “sagging” popularity of the tea party movement and Post blogger David Weigel mentions Paul’s controversial comments about the Civil Rights Act as one of several potential reasons for it.
  • Conway landed in the news Tuesday for two issues regarding his day job (Kentucky’s attorney general). First Conway’s move to try to ice utility rate hikes requested by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric failed, as WTVQ and other outlets reported. And Conway warned Kentuckians about a scam aimed at grandparents, the Associated Press reported.

– Ryan Alessi


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