Tags: Ben Chandler

Bloomberg: I’m Giving Cash to Candidates, but Won’t Reveal Which Ones


A reader had asked for more congressional-race coverage here on Campaign Spot, and so I will attempt to oblige, but note that there has been some excellent coverage of House and Senate races around NRO lately.

Today Charles C. W. Cooke examines Republican Andy Barr’s effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s sixth district, a rematch of one of the closest finishes in the 2010 midterms.

Betsy Woodruff looked at the Massachusetts Senate race and Elizabeth Warren’s legal work, earning big bucks defending a corporation against the claims of asbestos victims.

And in today’s Jolt, I took a quick look at New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to spend $10 million to $15 million to help out his favorite candidates, focusing most on those who strongly support gun control, a.k.a., gutting the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Mike Bloomberg’s Secret List of Favorite Candidates

New York City Mike Bloomberg likes the idea that he can send millions to the candidates he prefers and not tell anyone until he’s legally required to by the Federal Election Commission.

Now, lefties and righties may disagree pretty strongly on whether there ought to be limits on what individuals, corporations, unions, etc. can spend in advocating their causes — the Right tends to believe that if you limit the amount of money that can be used on political speech, you’re limiting speech itself — but there once had been something of a bipartisan consensus in favor of disclosure. Let everybody know who’s giving to whom, as quickly and easily as possible, and let the public draw their own conclusions about the candidates and their donors.

Instead, Mike Bloomberg likes the idea of announcing he’s spending millions, and he’ll tell you who he’s going to try to help later — after the checks have cleared.

Today Mayor Bloomberg aptly dismissed as “gibberish” the presidential candidates’ attempts to explain why American civilians have access to AK-47s. Now Bloomberg is backing up his words with his wallet. The mayor will be spending roughly $10 to $15 million to back between six and twelve candidates in U.S. senatorial, congressional, and local races — with gun-law reform Bloomberg’s main priority…

The recipients of the new Bloomberg boost will be a mix of incumbents and challengers, Republicans, Democrats, and independents.To increase the tactical edge — and to avoid turning his favorites into targets for opponents — Bloomberg won’t identify the candidates he’s planning to bolster, though the beneficiaries should become obvious as the money starts to flow. Some will get help because they’re in agreement with the mayor’s views on public education, gay marriage, or bipartisanship. The biggest issue, though, will be tightening access to illegal guns.

My buddy Cam quips, “Bloomberg’s gun control proposals are so popular he’s refusing to identify the candidates he’s giving millions.”

Tags: Andy Barr , Ben Chandler , Elizabeth Warren , Mike Bloomberg

The Barr Is Set in Kentucky


Finally, a poll showing a House Democrat incumbent ahead:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler begins the general election season with a 14-point lead over Republican challenger Andy Barr, although 37 percent of those surveyed have yet to form an opinion of Barr, the latest cn|2 Poll shows.The cn|2 Poll of 503 likely voters in the 6th Congressional District showed Chandler receiving support from 46.1 percent, while 32.2 percent said they planned to vote for Barr. Another 20.9 percent were undecided.

Barr has his work cut out for him, but he has an incumbent below 50 percent and Barr’s favorable/unfavorable split is a healthy 41.7/19.2.

Obama’s job approval/disapproval in this district is 46.6/50.3.

Tags: Andy Barr , Ben Chandler

Red Primaries in the Bluegrass State


There’s some buzz tonight that the winning Republican challenger in Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District, Todd Lally, has about $25,000 cash-on-hand; incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth, has almost $550,000.

This seat was not on my list of 99. In this state, I have:

Ben Chandler, Kentucky: He’s a Democrat in an R+9 district who voted against the health-care bill. The two best-funded challengers are Mike Templeman, former CEO of Energy Coal Resources, and Andy Barr. Both are running as conservatives against Washington, and this appears to be one of those districts where it just isn’t that healthy to be an incumbent Democrat.

Andy Barr is the winner in this primary; he has $215,725 on hand, but Chandler has $1,687,564.

Tags: Andy Barr , Ben Chandler , John Yarmuth , Todd Lally

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