Crit Luallen and the KY "bench"
by tilthouse, Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 07:57:08 PM EST
I haven't seen this mentioned here, but my impression of the Democratic "bench" in Kentucky (I grew up there -- moved away 6 years ago or so, so I'm not quite as up to date as I used to be) is that just as significant as electing a governor (and lt. gov.) this time, we have set ourselves up with a strong bench.
The '94 congressional elections and the aftermath of Gov. Patton's (D-Corrupt) adminstation left the Kentucky Democratic Party in a sad state. We had no statewide farm team to groom for higher office.
What a difference now! In addition to electing Steve Beshear governor, new Treasurer Jack Conway and reelected Auditor Crit Luallen will go on to run for higher office. And Lt. Gov.-Elect Dr. Dan Mongiardo (who lost the squeaker in '04 against US Sen. Bunning (R)) has has his political fortunes dramatically revived.
But the most significant of these may be Crit Luallen. To quote the Bluegrass Report (sorry for the lengthy quote -- please go check out BGR):
Senator Schumer spoke about next year's senate races to the 100 or so people attending. He talked most specifically about Kentucky and said that Crit Luallen - he mentioned her by name and the fact that she is now the state auditor - will soon be entering the race against McConnell (I think he said she has "pretty much decided to enter the race" or words to that effect). He noted the DSCC polling showed her trailing McConnell by only three points (46 to 43 - close to the recent public polling). Anything more certain being reported in Kentucky at the moment? Schumer made it sound like it was essentially a done deal, and he added that the DSCC was going to significantly back her.
Make no mistake -- tonight's election in Kentucky is a big deal for the future of the state.