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Stumbo says he'll encourage Judd to challenge McConnell but wants to talk with her about coal
CN|2 Inside Politics ^ | 2/28/2013 | Ryan Alessi

Posted on 03/01/2013 12:25:55 PM PST by Republican Wildcat

While some Kentucky Democrats have been skeptical of a potential Ashley Judd candidacy for U.S. Senate, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer among them, saying Thursday he would encourage her to run.

“When I talk to her I’m going to encourage her as I would any other candidate that this is a winnable race,” he said. Stumbo went on to blast Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, calling him “Dr. Doom” and “the father of gridlock.”

Stumbo and Judd have traded phone messages in recent days. He said she left him another message on his work phone last night.

Stumob dismissed the notion that Judd might hurt conservative Democratic legislative candidates if McConnell paints her as being too liberal for Kentucky.

He acknowledged that it might “be tough” for Eastern Kentucky Democrats to support her because of her statements against mountain top removal. He said he does want to talk to Judd about the importance of coal and show her examples of development as a result of mountaintop removal, such as the housing development and golf course at Stonecrest in Floyd County where Stumbo has a home.

But he also said that process of mountain top removal is a “dinosaur” and on its way out.

McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton said the speaker’s comments indicate that he is more concerned with promoting his party than his home region.

“If we wait enough, Speaker Stumbo may oppose and then support just about anybody if his political party runs out of options. I guess he decided that protecting coal country takes a back seat to naked partisanship,” Benton said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: coal; electionussenate; judd; ky2014; mcconnell

1 posted on 03/01/2013 12:26:10 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Stumbo says he’ll encourage Judd to challenge McConnell but wants to talk with her about coal


Translation: If we can get the Tiger to change it’s stripes we have a winner!


2 posted on 03/01/2013 12:28:01 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

If Kentucky elects Ashley Judd to the Senate, I’m moving up my scheduled departure from the USA by about 10 years.


3 posted on 03/01/2013 12:32:11 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Republican Wildcat

This old man needs some private time with Ashley too.


4 posted on 03/01/2013 12:34:58 PM PST by Principled
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To: Republican Wildcat

Let’s have Bevin remove McConnell. Then elect Bevin!

http://www.whas11.com/community/blogs/political-blog/Bevin-still-mulling-GOP-primary-vs-McConnell-defends-contribution-to-Democrat-192179421.html


5 posted on 03/01/2013 12:35:20 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: nascarnation
Ashley Judd speaks out for NARAL Pro-Choice America
6 posted on 03/01/2013 12:36:00 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: nascarnation

With Judd and Al Franken in the Senate we’ll be well on our way to being one of those third-world countries that stuffs it’s legislature with celebrities.


7 posted on 03/01/2013 12:39:58 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Republican Wildcat

Don’t be surprised if Ashley Judd runs for the Senate, and then Ashley Judd wins. I put absolutely NOTHING past the Social Democrats/Progressives. She’s never held any elected office before in her LIFETIME, and now she wants to be a Senator???? OMG. Help us.


8 posted on 03/01/2013 12:43:07 PM PST by Max7
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To: Republican Wildcat

I know that the miners have voted Democrat for at least 4 generations but if they can’t see what the Democrats have in store for them they deserve what they get.


9 posted on 03/01/2013 12:45:34 PM PST by rocksblues
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To: Max7

McConnell is not as popular as he use to be mostly because conservatives are disheartened by his caving in on various issues, so it is possible she could actually win the state. Inspite of the fact that there is no way in the lower 40 acres Obama could have won this state, the people still voted for a Democrat govenor and a Democrat Attorney General.....so guess what...Obamacare gets rolled out in Kentucky anyway. The people of this state are politically schitzofrinic(spelling). I can’t figure it out any other way.


10 posted on 03/01/2013 12:50:31 PM PST by MachIV
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To: All

Ashley Judd’s story... (this is devastating)

http://www.black-and-right.com/2013/02/20/bonehead-of-the-day-392/


11 posted on 03/01/2013 12:54:49 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nascarnation

I confess that I moved here from Seattle in 2011 to get away from this crap. However, I’ve discovered there are a lot of liberal low-information voters in Louisville, and I am dumbfounded by how many of my neighbors are living off of disability.

And the number of EBT cards I notice being used when I am at the local Wal Mart makes me wonder if I’m the only guy out here that actually supports himself.


12 posted on 03/01/2013 1:00:12 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Max7
She’s never held any elected office before in her LIFETIME, and now she wants to be a Senator???? OMG. Help us.

Worked for Al Franken.

I'm guessing the GOP needs to start sending its brightest young prospects to Hollywood to get some real-world film experience before they are ready to take on political offices. /s

13 posted on 03/01/2013 1:00:33 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Republican Wildcat

I don’t think she will win.


14 posted on 03/01/2013 1:03:44 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: rocksblues

I have a friend who moved to KY last year from Nashville and he said that in previous visits during elections he’d see a lot of Dim yard signs - however, during the Presidential election last year he didn’t see one zer0 sign - and the area he has bought in is a heavy miners union area......so little Ms Judd may not have a senate seat handed to her!


15 posted on 03/01/2013 1:26:58 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I bet she’s a Tennessee Wildcat’s fan, too...............


16 posted on 03/01/2013 1:38:22 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Stumbo sounds like the same type of stupid Democrat who believed that Joe Manchin was going to go to Washington and actually advocate things that made sense for his state. If, God forbid, Ashley Judd wins, she is going to advocate a Hollywood agenda that shuts down coal plants. And Joe Stumbo will cry about how he thought she was different.


17 posted on 03/01/2013 2:04:53 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Republican Wildcat

What wrong with a senator you can find nudie pics of?


18 posted on 03/01/2013 2:10:45 PM PST by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Kentuckians need to be more concerned with a true conservative replacement for McConnell.


19 posted on 03/01/2013 2:12:03 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet
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To: Republican Wildcat
Love her as a Kentucky Wildcats fan, but she's already acting like a typical lib politician.

Stonewall: Ashley Judd to Refuse Reporter Questions at GWU* Event

*George Washington University

20 posted on 03/01/2013 2:15:06 PM PST by Bratch
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To: lakecumberlandvet

Don’t flush him in the primary for somebody who isn’t ready to face the media. We tried that in Indiana and got 6 years of an Obama ally.


21 posted on 03/01/2013 2:15:36 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: lakecumberlandvet

The MSM is the only thing that can keep Judd in the race, they have to make sure her craziness is not heard


22 posted on 03/01/2013 2:19:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Sybeck1

SO much for that dignity of office Pelosi was going on about


23 posted on 03/01/2013 2:20:31 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Republican Wildcat

I’d prefer to Raylen Givens to ashley


24 posted on 03/01/2013 2:23:12 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: nascarnation

Considering Lugar was a “favorite Senator” of obama’s,what the difference?


25 posted on 03/01/2013 4:08:42 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: hoosierham

It’s not popular to say on FR, but I’ll take an 80% Republican (which all the data says Lugar was) over a 97% Democrat any day. Now we’re stuck with Joe Donnelly until 2019. A devastating tradeoff when we’re desperate to slow the Baraqqi hordes.


26 posted on 03/01/2013 4:14:25 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Max7

Just like Al Frankenstein


27 posted on 03/01/2013 5:12:38 PM PST by funfan
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