Bennie J. Smith http://wfpl.org en Senate Candidates Decry Kentucky Democratic Party E-mail Promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes http://wfpl.org/post/senate-candidates-decry-kentucky-democratic-party-e-mail-promoting-alison-lundergan-grimes <p>The three other Democrats running for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat are criticizing their party for promoting Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in a message to supporters.</p><p>When Grimes announced earlier this week she intends to seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Mitch McConnell next year the state party quickly sought donations.</p><p>The Grimes campaign has yet to set up a fundraising operation, but the party can receive political contributions toward<del cite="mailto:Rick%20Howlett" datetime="2013-07-05T11:31">s</del> the 2014 campaign.</p><p>In a July 1 e-mail sent out by KDP finance director Jared Smith, the party says defeating McConnell "won't be easy" and asks state Democrats to help them building a grassroots effort to "make sure Alison wins."</p><p>But Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry, Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith and U of L professor Greg Leitchy argue the message violates Democratic Party by-laws to stay out of primary elections, adding the party has effectively endorsed Grimes over them.</p><p>"To be honest with you it’s just a very amateurish, sophomoric move on their part. And they need to be called out for it," says Marksberry, who has officially filed to run for Senate. "And we need to move forward and get past this, and figure out what we’re going to do to give everybody else equal access, equal time and equal resources like they’ve done for Mrs. Alison Lundergan Grimes."</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:34:12 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6017 at http://wfpl.org Senate Candidates Decry Kentucky Democratic Party E-mail Promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes Noise and Notes: Bennie J. Smith's Long Shot Quest to Retire Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-bennie-j-smiths-long-shot-quest-retire-mitch-mcconnell <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97075942" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When Louisville musician <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BennieJSmithDkyForUsSenate">Bennie J. Smith announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination</a> to run against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell even he compared it to a David versus Goliath proposition.</p><p>A jazz musician and Danville, Ky. native, Smith is equal parts music promoter and human rights activist.</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 02:59:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5796 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Bennie J. Smith's Long Shot Quest to Retire Mitch McConnell