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The Chatter: WAVE exposes Bevin at cockfighting rally, McConnell hit on jobs comments, Grimes...
cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/27/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts

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 Bevin’s 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 government’s. Criminalizing behavior, if it’s 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 people’s 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 Bevin’s 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 I’ve 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 newspaper’s 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 McConnell’s 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 government’s 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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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: bevin; grimes; kentucky; lundergan; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell
This whole race is turning into a circus with all sides participating in making it that way.

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.

1 posted on 04/27/2014 8:43:01 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Undercover op at a cockfight? Sounds like a political hit by McConnell’s crew.


2 posted on 04/27/2014 8:45:06 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Republican Wildcat

Breitbart is shilling for McConnell pushing this steaming turd story about cockfighting. whoop de doo.


3 posted on 04/27/2014 8:50:09 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: lodi90

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.


4 posted on 04/27/2014 8:51:16 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Viennacon

That’s pretty ridiculous.


5 posted on 04/27/2014 8:52:30 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

How so? Did they hypnotize Bevin to go there?


Is it normal practice for TV reporters to stake out cockfights? Seems an incredible coincidence.


6 posted on 04/27/2014 8:52:40 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


7 posted on 04/27/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


8 posted on 04/27/2014 8:55:32 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: lodi90

How is that a response to what I said?


9 posted on 04/27/2014 8:57:32 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

I’m missing something here. Who the heck cares about cockfighting?


10 posted on 04/27/2014 8:59:22 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: lodi90

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.


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.


11 posted on 04/27/2014 9:03:26 PM PDT by boycott
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To: lodi90

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.


12 posted on 04/27/2014 9:04:05 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Republican Wildcat
American Gamefowl Defense

I think the fowl in question might take issue with the name for Big Cockfighting's lobbying arm.

13 posted on 04/27/2014 9:05:52 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: lodi90

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.


14 posted on 04/27/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Several articles trashing Bevin from the same dirtbag, Michael Patrick Laehy

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/25/McConnell-Pounces-on-Video-of-Bevin-at-Cockfighting-Rally

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/14/Experts-Pan-Bevin-TARP-Support-Excuse

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/19/Bevin-Struggles-To-Explain-Pro-TARP-Letter

This guy is a McConnell paid slime-merchant.


15 posted on 04/27/2014 9:07:13 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SamuraiScot

The denials are what gave this story a lot more legs to keep going on like this from Bevin.


16 posted on 04/27/2014 9:12:09 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: SamuraiScot
I’m missing something here. Who the heck cares about cockfighting?

In some cultures, cockfighting is considered barbaric cruelty to animals.

Regards,

P.S.: In some cultures, women showing ankle is considered a punishable offense. In some cultures... okay, you get the idea.

17 posted on 04/27/2014 9:25:33 PM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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18 posted on 04/27/2014 10:22:02 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: lodi90; Republican Wildcat; cotton1706; All
sorry, wasn't this on FR over a 2± months ago?
yeah..WAVE News, is shilling for "Rustler" Reid's "*itch/Doormat" McConnell (Himself-GOP/e).

19 posted on 04/27/2014 10:29:51 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


20 posted on 04/27/2014 10:36:33 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron

Some animals are more equal than others.


21 posted on 04/27/2014 10:38:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Republican Wildcat

It is horrible cruelty. What a jackass this guy is. What in the world was he thinking?


22 posted on 04/27/2014 11:15:35 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Republican Wildcat

So, the choice is between one who thinks cockfighting is a States rights issue...

And, a backstabbing, fossil who believes the Federal leviathan should swallow any remaining vestige of liberty, while falsely espousing conservative ideology.

Tough choice (/s)


23 posted on 04/27/2014 11:35:14 PM PDT by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

In other news, the Democrat candidates all support OBAMA. So that should disqualify them right there.

Settle this debate, Kentucky GOP voters. Choose Mitch or Matt and then unite.


24 posted on 04/28/2014 2:02:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: marron
Im not a fan of cockfight because of what it says about the human participants' bloodlust. Regarding the rooster, it's a little smarter than a cockroach, but not much, they naturally fight and they require no sympathy. I have to admit I laughed at the demise of Little Jerry Seinfeld
25 posted on 04/28/2014 2:31:31 AM PDT by Theophilus (.)
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To: lodi90

Any candidate who publicly espouses the freedom to torture animals deserves to be exposed and rejected—even if it means re-elected that weasel McConnell.


26 posted on 04/28/2014 4:41:12 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: lodi90
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?”

Bevin was less than sharp in this exchange. He can believe what he wants about cockfighting, but getting it on video???

What was he thinking?

27 posted on 04/28/2014 4:55:13 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Theophilus

Cockfighting is not about bloodlust. It is about money. I am from an area where cockfighting is rampant in.....shall we say.....certain cultures.


28 posted on 04/28/2014 5:52:39 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Lady ain’t that the truth! Snitch only shows up every six years and until then it’s just like all the other politicians in Frankfort, you hill billies send your tax dollars and coal severance taxes and shut the hell up and be happy with what we allow you to keep.

Out of the lot Bevin is the only one worth a hoot. Unless Snitch gets a lot-—a lot of democrat votes in coal counties he will need to get his lobbyist stationary ready for use come next Congress because he’s going to lose.


29 posted on 04/28/2014 11:08:34 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: sheana
Yes, I get the money angle, but you can bet on flipping coins. What makes cockfighting entertaining to the people who do it, is the roosters savagely reducing each other to their component parts with blood squirting everywhere. That's kind of sick but our law enforcement and court systems have a lot bigger fish to fry.
30 posted on 04/28/2014 1:42:53 PM PDT by Theophilus (.)
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To: lodi90

I do not care who tipped off a reporter. Cockfighting is disgusting, cruel, and illegal. He should not have been there.


31 posted on 04/29/2014 2:52:03 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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