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Posted on 04/27/2014 8:43:01 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
The Chatter: WAVE exposes Bevin at cockfighting rally, McConnell hit on jobs comments, Grimes finally weighs in on pipeline
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is again struggling to explain his appearance at a cockfighting rally last month after a local news reporter aired Bevins remarks at the event in which Bevin had been asked specifically about cockfighting.
WAVE 3 News reporter John Boel went to the March 29 cockfighting rally undercover and got Bevin on video speaking at the rally. Bevin was asked a direct question by American Gamefowl Defense Director Dave Devereaux. Devereaux asked Bevin Will you vote to support the effort to legalize gamecock fighting in the state of Kentucky?
This is what Bevin said in response as transcribed from the WAVE 3 video:
I support the people of Kentucky exercising their right, because it is our right to decide what it is that we want to do, and not the federal governments. Criminalizing behavior, if its part of the heritage of this state, is in my opinion a bad idea. A bad idea. I will not support it, Bevin said at the rally.
When Boel asked Bevin about those comments a few weeks later for the report that aired late Thursday night, Bevin said he was not listening to the speaker when he asked the question.
What I stand behind is peoples ability to examine their First Amendment rights to speak about whatever they want to speak about, Bevin told Boel when asked if he still stands behind his comments.
After the news story aired at 11 a.m., the McConnell campaign harshly criticized the way Bevin pathologically lied to Kentuckians about his presence at the event.
Matt Bevins cockfighting episode will go down in history as one of the most disqualifying moments in Kentucky political history, said McConnell campaign press secretary Allison Moore.
According to the WAVE 3 report, state Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Mt. Sterling, also attended the event and admitted he has bet on chickens in these types of fights.
I must admit Ive been to more than a few chicken fights. I must admit I liked them, Henderson told the crowd.
When asked for a comment by Boel, Henderson refused. He says the media misconstrues everything he says.
McConnell under fire for comments about jobs in Kentucky
McConnell, meanwhile, also says his words are being misconstrued after a Beattyville newspaper reported that he diverted responsibility of job creation in the area as the job of Frankfort.
A story on the front page of the Beattyville Enterprise says that when asked what he is doing to bring jobs to Lee county, McConnell said that responsibility lies with the state government, not federal.
Economic development is a Frankfort issue, McConnell told a reporter for the paper. That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet.
But McConnell said in a statement obtained by the Huffington Post that the newspapers headline is misleading because that was not the message he was trying to convey.
This April, I visited Lee County to talk about a top priority of mine: jobs, McConnell said in the statement. Unfortunately, my message got lost in transition, and I was surprised to see a headline about my visit that sent the exact opposite message to the one I was trying to convey.
But Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes quickly jumped on McConnells comments, telling the Huffington Post in a phone interview that the only job McConnell cares about is his own.
Grimes getting pressure over Keystone XL pipeline
Grimes, however, is also being criticized this week after she was pressured to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline and only released a statement after news that an anti-Keystone SuperPAC was getting involved on her behalf.
Republicans in the state sent out multiple press releases this week calling for Grimes to take a stance on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada through parts of the United States.
Still, before Grimes expressed her opinion on the issue, WHAS 11 reporter Joe Arnold reported that CREDO Super PAC, an anti-Keystone group, announced on their website that they would get involved in key senate races with vulnerable Republican candidates. One of those races was the Kentucky U.S. Senate race.
Later that same day, Grimes told the Associated Press that she wants the Keystone pipeline approved.
The administration should rule now and approve the project, Grimes said. Putting Americans back to work in good-paying jobs that strengthen the middle class is my top priority and it should be the federal governments as well.
The McConnell campaign criticized Grimes for taking nine months and endless political pressure to accept a project that is being blocked purely by environmental extremism.
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Bevin has certainly turned out to be no less a typical politician than the stereotypical political candidate. I was hoping that although he was unlikely to win the primary that he would be a good viable candidate for another office in the future...not so sure of that anymore.
Undercover op at a cockfight? Sounds like a political hit by McConnell’s crew.
Breitbart is shilling for McConnell pushing this steaming turd story about cockfighting. whoop de doo.
How so? Did they hypnotize Bevin to go there?
I wouldn’t doubt that if someone in McConnell’s camp got wind of the fact Bevin was planning to attend the rally they would have tipped someone in the press off about it, but that doesn’t make Bevin’s actions McConnell’s responsibility (or whoever gave the tip to the reporter)- which is what you appear to be implying. If you get caught doing something inappropriate, it isn’t the fault of the person who exposes it - and no excuse for falsely denying it.
That’s pretty ridiculous.
How so? Did they hypnotize Bevin to go there?
Is it normal practice for TV reporters to stake out cockfights? Seems an incredible coincidence.
It’s so comforting knowing the quality of people we have available to choose from and the playground attack nature of the forum in which we choose.
What a piece of s**t the leadership of this country is, in virtually all its dimensions.
I am not trying to defend Bevin. But if McConnell’s camp set up Bevin and/or tipped off the reporter than that is part of the story also.
How is that a response to what I said?
I’m missing something here. Who the heck cares about cockfighting?
I am not trying to defend Bevin. But if McConnells camp set up Bevin and/or tipped off the reporter than that is part of the story also.
It’s possible that Mitch was invited to speak before the group too. If he knew Bevin was going to be there, who could blame him if they told a reporter?
Bevin is at fault here. He clearly lacks sound judgment.
The Chinless One thinks the state government can stop the war on coal by the Feds? The state could but will not and McC has had many years to fight this battle in DC and has not.
Bevins goes to a cockfight, what a dummy. I have heard him speak and thought he was smarter then this but guess not. I went to KFC Saturday and had dead deep fried chicken so I am part of the problem too, I suppose, at least in the Dems minds.
Grimes is for Keystone but is going to take Pac money against it.
I am from KY and I know that we should be able to find better candidates then these losers. Only time you see McC in Eastern Ky is when he is running. He couldn’t care less about us ignorant hillbillies. I can say that, you can’t.
I think the fowl in question might take issue with the name for Big Cockfighting's lobbying arm.
Well there’s little doubt someone tipped off the reporter or they overheard someone in Bevin’s camp chattering about it - because this was a Louisville reporter going well outside of the viewing area for his station. He wouldn’t have just showed up there to a rally that far away without expecting something significant as a return on investment.
But it doesn’t help Bevin if McConnell’s camp is in fact the one who caught wind of this rally and Bevin’s attendance and tipped off the press to his attendance - you can’t get caught attending a rally for cockfighting that you aren’t at. And it doesn’t excuse Bevin for repeatedly claiming he didn’t know it was cockfighting rally. All of that he did on his own to get caught in the act.
That’s the point I was making. I think we were talking past each other there in the first few posts.
Several articles trashing Bevin from the same dirtbag, Michael Patrick Laehy
This guy is a McConnell paid slime-merchant.
The denials are what gave this story a lot more legs to keep going on like this from Bevin.
In some cultures, cockfighting is considered barbaric cruelty to animals.
P.S.: In some cultures, women showing ankle is considered a punishable offense. In some cultures... okay, you get the idea.
Cock-fighting is an old tradition in many parts of the country, and in many countries around the world.
So, while I don’t care for it, you have to decide if you believe in freedom or not.
I’ve been to two in my life, one in Oklahoma where the bouts were to the finish, and one in Puerto Rico (in an air-conditioned stadium where the fights were stopped as soon as one chicken was dominant)... not my cup of tea. But no reason to treat it like a major crime.
Bull-fights? Same thing. Not my cup of tea. But I eat beef.
Funny, I don’t feel the same way about dog-fighting, I think it should definitely be illegal. Not sure I can explain the difference but it strikes me as different. We don’t eat dogs and we don’t keep cows and chickens as pets. Maybe that’s it.