Monday, January 7, 2008

Dem whores lining up to lose to Mitch

Seems DLC sweetheart Chuck Schumer is still ignoring stand-up guy Andrew Horne to bat his eyelashes at a couple of Louisville millionaires.

Two Louisville Democrats who are capable of writing big checks to their campaign accounts continue to mull running for the U.S. Senate.

Greg Fischer, CEO of stadium seating company Dant Clayton Corp., said in an interview that he hopes to make his final call "by the middle of the month."

"I have not filed for the office, but I'm strongly looking at it," Fischer said. "I'm telling people I'm strongly considering it."

Meanwhile, Bruce Lunsford -- the Vencor founder, movie production company owner and two-time gubernatorial candidate -- also hasn't ruled out a run after meeting with Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C. last month.

To call Fischer a dilettante is a understatement. To call Lunsford a Democrat is a crime.

Lunsford is simply beneath contempt, but Page One Kentucky reveals Fischer may be giving Lunsford a run for his felonious reputation:

He says he hasn’t made up his mind about running for the United States Senate but an email Greg Fischer sent to tons of people on December 24, 2007 suggests otherwise. In the message, sent from Fischer’s Dant Clayton corporate email account, he sends a plea for finance staff. Young, old, experienced, inexperienced, it doesn’t matter to him. We won’t waste time pointing out to Fischer that an experienced finance team is crucial.

What we will point out, though, is that conducting campaign business via a corporate email account on corporate equipment is a violation of campaign finance law. That sort of activity? It’s considered a corporate contribution and doesn’t fly with the FEC.

Page One also calls our attention to an interview in which Andrew Horne pointed out the danger of putting too much faith in a candidate's bank account:
(More after the jump.)

Andrew Horne, the biggest-name Democrat to announce his candidacy for McConnell's seat, said yesterday he wasn't concerned about the money.

"If it were all about money, Steve Forbes would be president and Bruce Lunsford would be governor," Horne said in an interview. "This election won't just concern money. It'll concern a misconceived war that McConnell allowed (President) Bush to get us into."

Schumer and the kiddies at the DLC seem to be panicking over Mitch's $11 million war chest. Well, let's see if we can't calm their tiny nerves with a few facts:

- It's taken Mitch five long, hard years of begging and fellating repug moneymen to collect $11 million. Five years during which he was one of the most powerful republicans in the country.

- In just nine months, from February to November 2007, new Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear raised $9.6 million. Nine months during which he was a Democratic challenger running against a republican incumbent in a red state.

- Given the low prices in Kentucky media markets and the finite amount of commercial time available in those markets, there's a limit to the actual amount of money anyone - even a Smirky repug - can spend in one campaign. $10 million is probably that limit.

Andrew Horne is a progressive darling, already popular in liberal money circles across the country. Granted, there will be many demands for Democratic money this year, but I seriously doubt Horne will raise less than $7 million. Which should be more than enough to wipe the floor with Mitch.

And in case there's any doubt about just how important it is to beat Mitch into a greasy spot on the floor, Cooler King at BlueGrassRoots reminds us.

Cross-posted at BlueGrassRoots.