Thomas campaign says they're not worried about polls as Gray, McGrath release polling, fundraising numbers

04/08/2018 08:04 PM

As the campaigns for Jim Gray and Amy McGrath release internal polling memos and their early first quarter FEC campaign finance reports, the campaign of Reggie Thomas is seeking to avoid the fray and find space in the crowded campaign field for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District.

Thomas’ campaign says they’re not worried about the poll numbers being released this week by the Gray and McGrath campaigns.

“I’ve heard from voters across the sixth district, and I have a firm network of support,” Thomas said. “I’m not worried about polling. I’m more concerned with how to make life better for Kentuckians.”

The Lexington Democratic state Senator’s campaign manager, Leo Haggerty sought to categorize the early back-and-forth between the Gray and McGrath as a food fight.

“You are now witnessing Jim Gray, and Amy McGrath throw food at one another from opposite ends of the cafeteria like children,” Haggerty said. “That type of immature bickering does not reflect how Kentuckians want their leaders to act. Kentuckians are known worldwide for their hospitality and their friendliness. There’s only one candidate in this race who’s running their campaign that way, and it isn’t Jim Gray or Amy McGrath.”

With less than 7 weeks until the election, Haggerty also addressed the notion that this race is already over.

“We’ve done our fair share of polling, and I can tell you that this race is far more competitive than what you have been led to believe,” Haggerty said.

Thomas’ campaign did not release their polling numbers.

Theodore Green, Daniel Kemph, and Geoff Young have also filed to run for the Democratic nomination on May 22. The Democratic field is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Andy Barr, R-Lexington.

Nick Storm

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  • Ed Jessup wrote on April 08, 2018 10:31 PM :

    It doesn’t really matter whether Gray, McGrath or Thomas wins the primary — any of the three will defeat the Barr/Trump ticket in November.

    Trump is so thoroughly trashing the Republican brand that Andy’s family is thinking it may be better for him to work in a nice bank or a white shoes law firm for a few years before turning into a lobbyist.

    They don’t want Andy getting any more Trump slime on his good clothes.

  • Heza Putz wrote on April 09, 2018 09:18 AM :

    Reggie Thomas and Julian Carroll are the ebony and ivory of the Senate gasbags. When either one gets up to speak, it’s amazing how many Senators decide it’s time for a bath room break.

  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on April 09, 2018 10:09 AM :

    Reggie Thomas has no chance against Jim Gray, and Jim Gray has no chance against Andy Barr (R-al Qaeda). I’m the only Democrat who has any chance whatsoever against the incumbent. Why? Because I’m the only peace candidate. Every other candidate except the Libertarian, Frank Harris, is objectively & recklessly pro-war.

    Of the 6 Democrats running, 3 are unindicted, election-rigging felons: Jim Gray, Amy McGrath & Reggie Thomas. In February, I filed a criminal complaint against 122 corrupt “Democrats” with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Kentucky, Rob Duncan. Please call his Lexington office & leave a message asking him to indict these 122 crooked “Democrats” for felony election fraud in 2015 & this year.

  • Ed Jessup wrote on April 09, 2018 09:09 PM :

    With the raid on shyster Trump’s shyster attorney’s office, the question is: Does the FBI now have photos of Trump doing God-knows-what with God-knows-who?

  • Heza Putz wrote on April 10, 2018 12:50 PM :

    I wanted to write in Pedro, but my wife and daughter forced me to vote for Trump.

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