Greg Fischer 2008 Versus Greg Fischer 2010

In the 2008 U.S. Senate primary, Greg Fischer attacked Democrats for crossing party lines to contribute to Republicans and invited people to check his references. So we did. The public found out that Greg Fischer and his family have contributed thousands to Republicans like George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell and Anne Northup.

Fischer also claimed his business record was clean. But reality has it that Fischer’s companies were fined by OSHA for unsafe working conditions on a number of occasions. Not to mention the sexual harassment case and settlement and the other snafus.

I thought it’d be interesting to take a trip back to 2008 to review some of the campaign ads from the senate race. The first is a spot from Bruce Lunsford, Fischer’s Democratic opponent in the race, hitting him on most of the above issues:




The ad came only after Fischer launched several nasty attack ads of his own. And those same issues are resurfacing in 2010.

Peep some of Fischer’s old attack ads and news stories about his questionable campaign activity after the jump…

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Everything Is Puppies & Rainbows In Metro Govt

Mitch McConnell’s right-hand man compared Greg Fischer to Trey Grayson. And you can expect Grayson’s camp to now go on a rampage about Social Security and entitlements. [John David Dyche]

At least when we accept advertising from a candidate it appears on our site and in plain view. [Barefoot & Progressive]

At 5:03 P.M. yesterday, Chris Thieneman’s campaign manager sent this out in a statement: Due to an unforeseen emergency, Chris Thieneman will not be holding a press conference tomorrow morning. Chris looks forward to sharing his vision for Louisville’s economic future, and will be delivering his plan at a time and date to be announced shortly. We hope all is well with Thieneman. [Media Advisory]

The Courier-Journal just got around to mentioning some endorsements Greg Fischer got a week ago. [C-J]

Last night David Tandy rejected the endorsement of bigot Frank Simon and his Freedom’s Heritage Forum: “My entire political career has been about bringing people together,” said Tandy.  “I cannot accept the endorsement of any organization that works to exclude anyone from the political process.  This entire campaign is about bringing every citizen of Louisville together to create better, more vibrant and more inclusive communities; a vision that organization does not share. My Christian values are extremely important to me,” said Tandy.  “But my Christian values teach that every individual has a voice, that every person is entitled to equal rights and opportunities and that any organization which chooses to discriminate based on race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation has no place in my campaign.” Standing up to bigots isn’t easy, so here’s hoping you tell Tandy you like what he’s done. [Press Release]

Mike O’Connell rejected Simon’s endorsement, as well: “It has come to my attention that your organization, Freedom’s Heritage Forum, has endorsed my candidacy for Jefferson County Attorney. And, I reject that endorsement and ask that you immediately remove my name from any of your materials. Along with many endorsements, I have been endorsed by CFAIR, the PAC of the Fairness Campaign. When the Fairness Ordinance was pending before the Louisville Metro Council, I testified in favor of its passage. I am a firm supporter of the Fairness Ordinance and all of the civil rights protections provided to the citizens of Louisville Metr.” [Press Release & Letter]

On May 14, 2008 in response to an ad run by Bruce Lunsford, here’s what Greg Fischer had to say: “I don’t enjoy having to point out this discrepancy. But when a candidate for public office stands before a statewide audience on live TV and says something that is blatantly false, I think you have to point that out.” I tend to agree with him, don’t you? [Flashback]

Jerry Abramson’s office is still pretending that everything is puppies and rainbows post-Metro Government audit. Unfortunately for Jerry, if changes had been made, we wouldn’t still be having problems.  And why did David Tandy look like he was falling asleep during Crit Luallen’s appearance before the council? [WFPL & Press Release]

State Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen even said the audit needed to go deeper because there are other problems. So let’s quit playing pat-a-cake and acting like nothing has gone on in Louisville. [C-J]

Put the Lunsford Rumor to Bed

Here’s the deal, folks: Joe Gerth was incorrect (he was misled?) on Comment on Kentucky. There are no indicators that Bruce Lunsford is running for mayor of Louisville.

That’s a rumor that was started by a political campaign manager-type (when he thought his candidate was a goner – even though he denies it) by calling a reporter a couple weeks ago. It then spread to the West End of Louisville and throughout gossip circles to the Fischer Camp, where a few folks got nervous and spread it even further.

So, dear journalists, can we leave the rumormongering up to ME and you kids just stick to what you know?

Kthankz.

(I think Bruce would make a great mayor – but why the hell would he want to wade into THAT mess?)

It’s Monday! A Happy Post-Holiday Binge

It’s a shame something like this can’t happen in Louisville. Wes Finley = former WHAS11 producer. [Click the Clicky]

Kentucky’s school superintendents have free reign to sit on boards of organizations and businesses from which they directly profit. It’s illegal for every other state employee to do so. And now superintendents – primarily Sheldon Berman – wants to have his evaluation as a public employee kept private. Our tax dollars being spent on this fight. It is time for our elected officials, the press and everyday citizens to stand up for open records and transparency in government. And it is time to hold these people accountable. [Nancy Rodriguez]

It’s a shame there are still messes like this. Just takes one bad apple to ruin it for everybody. [WHAS11]

If you live in Louisville’s 41st State House District, then start paying attention to Mike Slaton. [Barefoot & Progressive]

It’s absolutely mind-blowing that a Democratic candidate for the Kentucky State House is advocating meaningful tax reform. Nobody tell the Gas Station Governor. [Mike Slaton on the Twitter]

Kentucky’s food stamp participation is on the rise. 12.3% total increase in just a year. [Page One]

Steve Kragthorpe is out at the University of Louisville. Media & UofL sources told us two weeks ago that Kragthorpe was preparing to list his Lake Forest home with a realtor but never found proof. But here it is. [Pat Forde & C-J]

Local history geek alert! The Beechmont Fire Station is set to be demolished. [Broken Sidewalk]

Hart-Lunsford’s latest hand in the film world involves Zac Efron and Orson Welles. And they’re not focusing on distribution. [C-J]

Julie & Ellen like Jim King enough to dedicate an entire column to him. [Voice-Tribune]

Comedy with Local Ties Debuts In N.Y.

It’s been a while since we heard much from Hart-Lunsford Pictures, the local movie development company headed by Ed Hart and Bruce Lunsford. Last Friday, though, it premiered its latest film, “Bart Got a Room” to an enthusiastic audience in New York.

Hart attended the premiere at Manhattan’s Loews Theatres, and said the audience got a special treat when Steven Kaplan, who plays the 18-year-old protagonist, entertained questions after the show.  The movie, set in South Florida, centers on the nerdy Kaplan’s pursuit of a prom date, his search more exacerbating since even uber-dweeb classmate Bart has rented a room. It stars William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines.

“We’ve made seven films with our producing partners, Plum Pictures of New York City, and are in pre-production on two new films, both with A-list talent attached.  It’s been a wonderful relationship, both creatively and financially,” Hart said in a news release.

While not all reviews have been kind,  the New York Daily News compares it favorably to the hit comedy “Adventureland.”

It’s not certain when, or if, the movie will screen in Louisville. Last spring, Hart-Lunsford screened its film “Diminished Capacity” at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, with proceeds going to charity.

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice On TeeVee

God Jesus we move our head and eyes around way too much on the teevee. Plus it’s way worse when we’re super-sleepy. You likey?

Like how I over-dressed?

Stephen crosses his legs just like me. Because he is as skinny as me– dangerous for him, because I’m likely to maul anyone who tries to outdo me on the fat-free front.

And Rick got a haircut!

Stephen did a good job being a dirty librul, Rick offered some fancy insights and I said positive things about Mitch McConnell… and shared the truth about Katie King and what a cluster-eff THAT mess is.

Enjoy!

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Page One & The ‘Ville Voice On TeeVee

It’s our fancy election day edition of being on the teevee! Check it.

Lots of discussion about Katie King pulling something off, Jennifer Moore screwing up, alcohol, being important.

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