by Michael Maynard
August 18, 2014

Addison Disease is a painful political disorder when your state keeps electing a federal politician who doesn’t represent your state’s best interests.

Kentuckians have suffered from Addison Disease for 30 years, but have a chance to halt this political illness in the number of days, hours and minutes as the clock shows.

The Senator Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell versus Alison Lundergran Grimes election in Kentucky is one of a handful of elections that could decide which party has control of the United States Senate in 2015-2016.  The current breakdown of the Senate is 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans and 2 Independents. The Independents, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine caucus with the Democrats, so the breakdown is really 55-45;  the Republicans need to gain 6 seats, 21  victories in the 36 elections, to have a majority of 51 senators. If they do, Senator Addison would become Senate Majority Leader and would be even more insufferable, obstructionist and harmful than he is now as Senate Minority Leader.

Of the 60 races, the site has the current breakdown as 45 Democrat, 46 Republican and 9 up for grabs.

According to Huffington Post Pollster, which consolidates current polling, the hotly contested races are:

(Democrats are on the left, Republicans are on the right, current Senators are in italics)

Arkansas (Pryor vs. Cotton, current polling has Cotton ahead by 2%, 46% – 44%)

Colorado (Udall vs. Gardner, Udall +1%, 46%-45%)

Georgia  (Nunn vs. Perdue, Perdue +4%, 47%-43%)

Iowa  (Braley  vs. Ernst, Braley +1%, 45%-44%)

Louisiana  (Landrieu vs. Cassidy, Cassidy +1%, 48%-47%)

Michigan (Peters vs. Land, Peters +4%, 46%-42%)

Montana  (Tester vs. Rehburg, Tester +1%, 47%-46%)

North Carolina (Hagan vs. Tillis, Hagan +1%, 41% – 40%)

West Virginia (Tennant vs. Capito, Capito +9%, 50%-41%)

The Democrats lead in five, which could make the Kentucky race the decider in which party controls the Senate. The Huffington Posts’s current composite poll summary has McConnell 47%, Lundergran Grimes 45%.  There are three interesting aspects about the Kentucky Senate race story – videos,  proxies and fund raising, and the three are closely intertwined.

Alison Lundergran Grimes first burst onto the national scene on July 25, 2013 with the video “The Campaign Begins”

This was not her first video, she used a creative video two years prior to help win the Secretary of State race, with the help of her grandmothers, Elsie and Thelma.

Most Secretary of State jobs are not the most exciting ones in politics and Kentucky’s is no different. Lundergran Grimes’s major accomplishments have been making it easier for soldiers to vote and creating a “one-stop” business portal on the Secretary of State’s website.

Without much of a political track record, her campaign has had to focus more on the dislike Kentuckians have for McConnell and the lack of results he has produced. Of course, there are plenty of reasons to dislike McConnell.

McConnell’s campaign videos have been peculiar at best, starting with the “What Rhymes With Alison Lundergren Grimes” and its overuse of Auto-Tune.

That travesty was followed by this creepy ad in which he doesn’t speak, which is now called “McConnelling”.

Campaign VideosAdvantage: Secretary of State Alison Lundergren Grimes.

McConnell’s primary proxy has been his wife, former President George Herbert Walker Bush’s U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao. McConnell has used her to try and combat the “McConnell doesn’t support women” charges.

Lundergan Grimes has had two major proxies – former President William Jefferson Clinton and currentMassachusetts Senior Senator Elizabeth Warren. Bill Clinton is a political mentor to  LundergranGrimes. Alison’s father, Jerry Lundergran, is one of the many political FOB’s – Friends Of Bill.

Not, as one might imagine, hatred for the Republican leader who made it his (failed) mission in life to deny President Barack Obama—and Biden—a second term. Rather, it was love of Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan. “Jerry who?” anyone outside of Kentucky might ask. But anyone inside Kentucky would probably be familiar with the outsized former state Democratic Party chief.

A self-made millionaire, Lundergan’s catering business has handled everything from presidential inaugurations—Clinton’s, George W. Bush’s and Obama’s—to papal visits, such as Pope John Paul II’s 1987 trip to Texas. He’s also a renowned philanthropist, sponsoring the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Day dinner and deploying fleets of food trucks and RVs to disaster sights across the U.S.

But perhaps most important to his daughter’s campaign is Lundergan’s political past. While Lundergan is undoubtedly an asset, bringing in Clinton and Biden and helping set up lavish Hollywood fundraisers, he isn’t without political baggage. As a state representative and chair of the state Democratic Party in the late 1980’s, he got into an ethical tangle that forced him to resign from both posts, although an ethics conviction was later overturned. And he has waged a legendary feud with the Beshear family, though Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has endorsed Grimes for Senate. Lundergan, Kentucky experts say, is his daughter’s biggest asset and her greatest risk. “I’m pretty certain he’s running [her campaign] and that’s risky. You don’t want a family member running your campaign,” says Al Cross, a longtime political journalist turned community issues professor at the University of Kentucky, who has known Lundergan for decades. “This is a national campaign. You need someone with national experience in the room, not just Kentucky family politics.”

And Senator Warren has a major bone to pick with McConnell – his blocking of her student loan reform legislation.

That petty act and the support of the feminist political action group, Emily’s List, brought Senator Warren to Kentucky to campaign for Alison Lundergran Grimes.

Campaign ProxiesAdvantage: Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes

Ultimately, in the post Citizens United political world, it is all about the money and who provides the campaign contributions gets the legislative favors. Thanks to, it is easy to find out the amount of money raised by each candidate and how much the political organizations and private industries contribute. McConnell currently has an almost 2 to 1 edge in money raised.

Here are the top twenty contributors to each campaign.

From OpenSources.Org

Top 20 Campaign Contributors To The McConnell and Lundergran Grimes Senate Campaigns

Lundergran Grimes has two interesting groups backing her besides Emily’s List- local Kentuckians and the entertainment industry. Notice Lundy’s Special Events? That is a Kentucky catering company. As stated above, Lundergran Grimes’ s father has been in the national political and entertainment catering industry for many years.

But why are Dreamworks, Live Nation, William Morris talent agency, Lions Gate movies, and Creative Artists talent agency involved? That’s also part of the Bill Clinton connection. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks is another FOB.  It is also true that most in the entertainment industry are liberal/progressives, so getting rid of a troglodyte like McConnell would be a top priority to them as part of their effort to help keep the Democratic majority in the Senate.

Looking at McConnell’s chart is equally illustrative. Who are his major contributors? The banking/finance industry, large healthcare companies, and large energy companies. What have been the three areas of major Obama Administration/Democratic policy focus? Banking/Financial Industry Reform, Healthcare Reform and Climate Change/Environmental Protection. Even something as comparatively small to the banking industry as student loan reform is cause for McConnell to be obstructionist and unneedingly protective.

Campaign Financing Advantage: Senator Addison “Mitch” McConnell.

Like former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell really doesn’t represent the interests of Kentucky or the majority of Americans.  He represents the Washington DC establishment, which means the big money interests. As the man who defeated the former House Majority Leader, Dave Brat, said, “In Washington DC, it is all about the money.” The similarities in the Cantor-Brat primary and the McConnell-Lundergran Grimes election are striking. Once you’ve been in office too long and you no longer have the internal moral compass to guide you, your political survival becomes all about the money. You are blinded by the light of fame and power.

It’s time for the Senator Minority Leader to go, too. Kentuckians, please don’t vote against your own best interests again and reelect Senator Addison. He has become harmful for your state and very harmful to the welfare of your fellow Americans. Vote on November 14th  for Alison Lundergran Grimes to become the first female Senator from Kentucky.

Vote out Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell!

UPDATE – AUGUST 20 , 2014

Senator Addison is at it again.

He tried to shrug off climate change science by implying that the scientific community is evenly split about whether global warming exists.

“Each side has their scientists, and they can all go in and argue,” he told Politico in an interview published Wednesday, when asked if he believed humans contributed to global warming.

The Kentucky Republican spoke more directly on the matter in March, when he told the editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he didn’t believe in climate change science at all. “For everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t,” he said.

He also promised to be even more contentious and obstructive than before if the Republicans gain control of the Senate.

“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”

Again – McConnell is saying he will abuse his power, if elected, to work against the best interests of Kentuckians and the country. What he stated is close to being seditious. But Senator Addison doesn’t care because, as always, it’s all about him.

 UPDATE – AUGUST 21 – 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren fires back at the troglodyte who is protecting the interests of the big banks and government agencies that are issuing usurious student loans.

College affordability is not a new problem. Tuition costs are up 500 percent since 1985. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the solution is that “not every­body needs to go to Yale.” That sounds cynical. But is there some pragmatism there? Is it time to admit that a traditional college education has become a luxury good?

Mitch McConnell’s idea that people should dream a little smaller is deeply flawed. And let me add: The problem is not limited to private universities. States used to pick up about three out of every four dollars it cost to educate someone at a public university. Now it’s about one in four. In America today, a young person needs more education after high school just to have a chance to make it in the middle class. Not a guarantee, just a chance to make it.

UPDATE –  SEPTEMBER 2, 2014:  Vietnam vet to Mitch McConnell: ‘You failed to do’ your duty”

Literally speaking, when wounded Vietnam veteran and cancer survivor Charles Erwin appears in the latest Vote Vets ad and tells Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that McConnell hasn’t done his duty, he’s talking about McConnell’s efforts to block $21 billion in funding for veterans.

In the ad, an out-of-focus Erwin approaches the camera with the aid of a walking cane, while text details McConnell’s vote earlier this year to block the aid package. Erwin then comes in focus and delivers his line:

Senator McConnell, I did my duty, but after 30 years in Washington, you failed to do yours. It’s time for you to go.

Columnist/Journalist/Writer/Book Editor Co-Founder/CEO of Azimuth Partners, high tech consulting firm for 30+ years. Former columnist for the Washington Post/Newsweek syndicate.

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