Kentucky’s primaries are today and the big story is here in my home district of KY-4, where GOP Rep. Geoff Davis is retiring. Sen. Rand Paul has stepped into the race, backing the Tea Party nutjob du jour around here, Thomas Massie, in the last several weeks. The entrance of Paul’s influence into the race all but assures Massie will win in a landslide out of the pack of seven Republicans running. Joe Sonka:
Either Thomas Massie now wins the race easily, or he loses and shows that support for the rEVOLution among the Kentucky GOP is starting to vanish. We’re betting on the former.
Here’s the question I’m more intrigued by: Did Master McConnell give Paul permission to make this ad (granting an exemption due to Old Man Bunning calling out Rand Paul as a failure), or is he going rogue? And if he’s going rogue, will McConnell retaliate, and how? And will there be woodchippers involved?
I don’t know about woodchippers, but I do know that Rand’s dad getting out of the race sure spared his son from having to make too many awkward answers to the “Romney vs Paul” question with Old Age Mutant Nimrod Turtle Mitch McConnell looking on. Meanwhile, this is yet another race where Citizens United SuperPACs have dropped seven figures to assure a win.
Bill Adkins, the Democratic favorite in his head-to-head primary versus Greg Frank, has raised…about $14,000. It’s a shame too, because Bill Adkins is that rarest of breeds: A Kentucky Democrat who isn’t running screaming from President Obama.
Bill Adkins, one of two Democrats running in the 4th Congressional District, said he believes government-payer health care system can best tackle the inefficiencies and problems and that’s the way to preserve Medicare.
“Single payer is my preference. I think that the compromise that is the buy-the-insurance mandate is an incremental move,” Adkins said (7:00).
He also said he would consider one of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposals — to decrease the level of benefits for seniors with the highest incomes, known as means testing.
Adkins, a Williamstown lawyer and the Grant County Democratic Party Chairman, said he decided to get into the 4th District race because he said he wanted to make sure there was a full discussion of the issues.
“We needed a Democratic presence in this race,” he said.
Yeah, that’s right, a Kentucky Democrat who acts like a real gorram Democrat. Single payer. I love this guy. The problem is after redistricting, KY-4 has gone from fairly conservative to blood red. Adkins is going to need a miracle against Massie if the scene plays out today as I suspect.
Not completely giving up on Adkins either. He’s definitely one of the folks we need in Congress.