|The Dan Mongiardo for Senate team seems to have gotten a break in their weather since last weekend’s slip of the tongue put opponent Jack Conway on the defensive for the first time since the two men announced their intentions of running for Sen. Jim Bunning’s seat in the US Congress.
Conway misquote of Senator Ford tops off a disappointing weekend in West Ky.
Conway’s apology, preceded by an announcement that he would not apologize was the first bit of blue sky. Conway’s use of curse words changing former Senator Wendell Ford’s words “son of a gun” to “son of a bitch” has been written about and replayed over and over on West Kentucky television. Conway can only hope the apology will put the whole matter to bed. (He also called Ford and apologized)
Al Cross, the moderator of the Fancy Farm Picnic this year, told one news agency that the Fancy Farm weekend belonged to Mongiardo. Even before the speech, Mongiardo was getting warmer receptions from local Democrats than Conway. Democrats at the Marshall County Bean Supper noticed that when Auditor Crit Luallen spoke of her support of Conway, the crowd went quiet. It was a mistake she didn't repeat the next morning. Her remarks didn't include an endorsement of Conway. Mongiardo still received several standing ovations. One elected official attending the Graves County Democratic Breakfast on Saturday morning described Conway as "steamed".
Building Trades endorsement to Mongiardo
Today, Mongiardo picked up a union endorsement from TheTri-State Building and Construction Trades Council in Ashlandaccording to a story by Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald Leader, published online at Bluegrass Politics
Lt. Governors' papers to Kenton County
A press release from the Lt. Gov.;s Office credited Mongiardo with helping to bring a collection of lieutenant governors’ papers and archives to Kentucky. The Kenton County Public Library will be the repository of the papers.
It probably helped that the Kenton County Public Library received the highest score of any Kentucky library ranked by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings in 2008. Additionally, the library’s executive director was selected by the Library of Congress in April 2009 as one of only three librarians nationwide to design a national historical exhibit.
Electronic health care records endorsed
Mongiardo’s office also announced today that a resolution written by Mongiardo regarding health care electronic record keeping and prescribing. The resolution is to make the lieutenant governors’ organization a leader in promoting electronic records.
In response to Mongiardo’s run of good luck, Conway campaign manager Mark Riddle said that the AG would be announcing a new task force next week to fight internet child pornography. Riddle also reminded the press that Conway had been endorsed by the Teamsters, Jefferson County Teachers’ Association and United Food and Commercial Workers.
Conway’s campaign will be working to regain momentum as the race goes into the fall. It’s a long time until May and the “Big Mo” may swing back and forth several times before Democratic voters get their say. THe good news is that both candidates will be using their present jobs to work to get their next job. That means Kentuckians can look forward to a hard working lieutenant governor and attorney general in the months leading up to the election- if for no other reason than to stoke the press release over.