The Chatter: SurveyUSA's Ky. poll, McConnell's fundraising and Rand Paul as Treasury Secretary?

04/18/2011 09:20 AM

The Republican gubernatorial campaign of Senate President David Williams and Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer has a comforatable lead in the GOP primary according to the latest WHAS11/Courier-Journal/SurveyUSA poll.

Williams-Farmer leads the next highest slate, Phil Moffett and state Rep. Mike Harmon by 35 points (49% to 14%). The third GOP ticket, Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and Louisville teacher Bill Vermillion, received 12% of the vote with 25% undecided. The poll has a margin of error of 4.4 points.

But in a general election match-up, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear leads all GOP candidates by double-digits.

Williams-Farmer polled 39% to Beshear’s 51%. The poll did not include the independent slate of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley, who have filed paperwork intending to run for governor but haven’t turned in all petitions signatures to make it official yet. The poll was taken by SurveyUSA April 8 through the 13th. The survey was conducted by robocalls and included calls to landlines and cell phones.

McConnell pulls in $1 million in first quarter of 2011

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pulled in $1 million during the first quarter of 2011, despite not being up for re-election until 2014, Politico reports.

The fund-raising haul gives McConnell $1.9 million for his campaign, three years out. According to Politico, McConnell is getting an early start because he expects to be a big target in 2014, much like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in 2010.

During his last re-election race against businessman Bruce Lunsford in 2008, McConnell spent $20 million and won by 6 points.

McConnell’s full report to the Federal Election Commission has not yet been scanned and posted online.

Rand Paul, 2012 Treasury Secretary?
While most of the talk around U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has revolved around his flirtation with running for president in 2012, one popular Republican commentator would put Paul in another position if given the choice.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Fox News commentator Glenn Beck said if able to pick his own 2012 dream team, his lineup will be as follows: U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) for president, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) for vice president and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to be treasury secretary.

Paul, a first-term senator elected in 2010, has already released two budget proposals that Paul claims are balanced. Neither has gained any traction in Congress.

Paul also has been a critic of the Federal Reserve and has called for a full audit of the entity but is not as outspoken as his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, about the Fed.

Holsclaw calls on Williams, Moffett to release tax returns

On Friday, Holsclaw held a news conference to release her tax returns and renewed a call for her primary opponents, Williams and Moffett, to do the same.

According to Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader , Holsclaw reported $113,799 in salary as Jefferson County Clerk and more than $17,000 in Social Security benefits.

Williams’ campaign has said all relevant information can be found in legislative ethics reports and in an executive branch ethics report Williams filed to run for governor. Moffett has said that individual tax returns are private business in refusing to release his.

The Kentucky Democratic Party has also called on Williams and Moffett to release their tax returns.

-Written and compiled by Kenny Colston


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