Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mitch Picks Up Third-Party Challenger

Looks like Libertarians are really out to get the republicans this year: one of them has issued a third-party challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

And not just any Libertarian either; but a famous Hollywood actor!

No, not that one.

Sonny Landham, perhaps best known for his role as "Billy" in 1987's Predator movie, has called a press conference in Frankfort for 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in which he will announce that he is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian Party candidate.

Landham, who lives in Ashland, flirted with Kentucky politics in 2003 by announcing for governor as a Republican before dropping out before that year's May primary.

What a coincidence! Bruce Lunsford, the Democratic nominee in the 2008 Senate race, also ran for governor in 2003 but dropped out before the primary.

To get on the November ballot as a Libertarian candidate, Landham must pay the state's $500 filing fee and collect at least 5,000 signatures by Aug. 12.

Even though Landham is a former Republican, state GOP chairman Steve Robertson said he didn't think Landham would divert votes from McConnell.

Landham has appeared in 53 movies, according to the International Movie Database. Most recently he played "Boone Cagle" in a 2007 movie called Disintegration. He also has acted in a number of adult films in the 1970s, including ones called Slippery When Wet, The Trouble with Young Stuff and Steam Heat.

Media Czech is all over it.

Far be it from me to disturb MC's fun - and he is having way too much fun - but I wonder just which party's voters Sonny is going to draw.

Yes, repugs are disgusted with their national party, but here in Kentucky they worship Mitch. Kentucky Democrats, on the other hand, are deeply divided and disgusted by Bruce Lunsford.

Sonny may not attract Democrats under ordinary circumstances, but for those seeking an anti-Bruce vote, a Libertarian alternative has got to look good compared to Mitch.

Cross-posted at Blue in the Bluegrass.