The Chatter: NRCC calls Ben Chandler a 'lapdog'; the Williams-Farmer mobile; and other notes

09/10/2010 11:37 AM

Congressional Quarterly Politics reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee has expanded TV ad buys in 11 new races, including U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler’s race against Republican challenger Andy Barr.

The race, in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, has yet to be considered one of the most vulnerable this fall. The NRCC ad refers to Chandler as a “lapdog” for Nancy Pelosi for voting for cap and trade legislation specifically and alleges that Chandler does not “listen to Kentucky.”

Chandler told cn|2 Politics this summer that  he expected Republicans to criticize him for siding with his party. But he said his record will show that he bucked his party’s leadership on key measures when he didn’t agree with their approach, such as the health care bill in March, the financial industry reform bill in June and the bank bailout bill in 2008.

This isn’t the first time the NRCC has targeted conservative Democrats using a “lapdog” as a mascot to tie them to Democratic leaders, such as Pelosi. The committee did so in 2009 to soften up support for other conservative “blue dog” Democrats, as Politico reported at the time.

Chandler, meanwhile, began airing a commercial this week that claims Barr has supported tax breaks for companies who transfer jobs overseas. The Herald-Leader’s “Campaign Watchdog” report, however, declared that claim to be “mostly false.” It is the second time the newspaper’s ad watchdog feature has ruled a Chandler-ad to make a “mostly false” claim against Barr in the last month.

Williams-Farmer prepare to take show on the road in campaign mobile

While the race is over a year away, the gubernatorial team of state Senate President David Williams and Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer are already gearing up for criss-crossing the state in a RV made for the campaign, Jim Brooks of the Nelson County Gazette reports. The bus is blue, with the names of the candidates and their faces on one side of the bus.

Different Kentucky poll results go under the microscope

The Huffington Post took a look at the recent divergent poll results that have come out on the Kentucky U.S. Senate race recently. The piece suggests there might be a pattern between those surveys that contact registered voters versus those that seek out “likely voters.” In the last week, four independent polls have come out showing vastly different results. Two of them — the SurveyUSA poll for the Courier-Journal and WHAS-11 and the Rasmussen Reports poll — both showed Republican candidate Rand Paul leading Democratic nominee Jack Conway by 15 points. The Time-CNN poll results had the race tied at 46. And the statewide cn|2 Poll last week showed Paul leading Conway by 4.7 points.

Police back challengers in Lexington’s mayoral, 6th congressional races

This week, the Fraternal Order of Police unions have endorsed both challengers in two big races in the Fayette County area. On Tuesday, Barr was endorsed by the police union over Chandler. Yesterday, Vice Mayor Jim Gray was endorsed as over current Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry.

Fischer airs re-run ad in Louisville mayor’s race

Democratic Louisville mayoral candidate Greg Fischer started running his second ad of the general election yesterday, but the ad isn’t new. The 35-second ad touts Fischer’s business background and features a machine worker who narrates the ad and says Fischer directly created her job. The ad originally ran during the primary.

- Kenny Colston and Ryan Alessi

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