It's official, Jack Conway will challenge Lt.Gov Daniel Mongiardo for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. Mongiardo's camp is already questioning if Kentuckians will elect two senators that live less than 50 miles away from each other. A very interesting argument, considering 98% of Kentucky does not reside in Louisville.
As of today, Conway has the support of the Democratic establishment; Luallen, Chandler, Stumbo, and soon to be announced special guests. This so called Democratic establishment is the liberal wing of the Kentucky Democratic Party. This race will be Liberal vs Moderate. But as of today I now question Luallen and Chandler. It makes one wonder why they chose to back a candidate with VERY little experience in public office. I have always questioned Stumbo, and to be honest, his endorsement will hurt Conway.
This is what we know as of today.
- Citing recent interviews, it appears my original prediction that Conway will jump on the coal band wagon was correct. He can tout his support for coal but it will do him no good. The now infamous EPA letter will ensure he gets no support from coal or coal communities. His family has also contributed $69,000 to John Yarmuth over the years. There is no bigger enemy to coal than Yarmuth. Conway can not explain away these facts.
- Citing recent interviews, it appears Jack Conway supports gay marriage. If one believes SB245 was discriminatory, then that person supports gay marriage. That is not a complicated argument. This amendment appears to close potential loopholes for tax benefits, i.e legal status. It also protects the sanctity of marriage. Also, Jack Conway needs a Civics refresher, because to LEGISLATE means not only to sponsor or co-sponsor, it means to vote on or against. Conway should look up the definition of LEGISLATE.
""Are you in favor of amending the Kentucky Constitution to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be a marriage in Kentucky, and that a legal status identical to or similar to marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized?""
- Jack Conway can not escape the fact that he has NO experience. HE can not hide the fact. Why is Conway a viable candidate? His endorsements? I don't think so. His one year public office? I don't think so. His looks? If he was Joe Jackson looking mofo, he would not be as popular. I really can not figure it out.
Nothing personal to anyone or any group of people. But these questions are important. We have a long, long, long time before election day so these questions have plenty of time to get answered. And Jack Conway will have to take a stand, one way or the other.