The Third Party Foul: Disgruntled Ex-Dem Could Keep Grimes from Unseating McConnell

Alison Lundergan GrimesAlison Lundergan Grimes won the Democratic Senate Primary with 77 percent of the Democratic vote, which means 23 percent of democratic voters chose another Democratic candidate.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has a real chance to defeat Mitch McConnell in the general election but, assuming Mitch McConnell doesn’t become embroiled in a scandal, she’ll need every vote she can get to beat him. However, progressive Independent senatorial candidate Ed Marksberry might have just enough pull to keep her from winning.

Seems to me progressive Independent senatorial candidate Ed Marksberry is in the drivers seat when it comes to Alison Lundergan Grimes having a chance to beat Mitch McConnell.

Ed Marksberry is pretty well known in Kentucky Democratic circles. He’s worked to elect many Democratic candidates and ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2010. During his 2010 congressional race he was snubbed by the Kentucky Democratic Party and the Kentucky Democratic Party’s 2010 U.S. Senatorial candidate Jack Conway, but Ed Marksberry remained faithful to the party until the Kentucky Democratic Party fired out a pro Alison Lundergan Grimes email asking for contributions, while ignoring the other Democratic Senatorial candidates — including him.

The Email:

“Did you see the news?
Alison Lundergan Grimes has officially declared her intention to run against Senator Mitch McConnell.
This is big news. The next 48 hours are critical. Click here and help us build a grassroots team that will make sure Alison wins.
Alison is the strongest candidate we could’ve had against Senator McConnell, and she will defeat Mitch.
But defeating Mitch won’t be easy. He is going to do everything he can, say what ever he can and throw more mud than our Commonwealth has ever seen in order to win.
Help us start strong. Click here to make a contribution today.”

The email resulted with Ed Marksberry filing a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court against state Democratic Party chairman Daniel Logsdon.

Lexington Herald-Leader
FRANKFORT — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry thinks his party is not playing fairly with his campaign.

Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor who lost a bid for Congress in 2010, filed a lawsuit Monday in Franklin Circuit Court against state Democratic Party chairman Daniel Logsdon, alleging the party is favoring the candidacy of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"I love the Democratic Party, but if it keeps on doing what it has been doing, it looks like they're ignoring the working class in the party over the rich," Marksberry said Monday during a telephone interview.

Logsdon did not respond to an email and phone call seeking comment. Read more.

Ed Marksberry eventually dropped the lawsuit, dropped out of the Democratic U.S. senate primary race and filed to run as an Independent.

I just got off of the phone with Ed and he tells me he’s well on his way to getting the 5,000 signatures required to have his name on the U.S. Senate ballot.

It’s a shame it’s come to this, but there’s a price to pay when lifelong Democrats get treated poorly by the Kentucky Democratic Party. Unfortunately, the Kentucky Democratic Party may pay the ultimate price.

If Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky Democratic Party really believe they’ll need every vote to beat Senator Mitch McConnell this November, I suggest they reach out to Ed Marksberry and show him the respect he deserves because he might actually help them win.

Remember the 23 percent of Democratic primary voters that voted against Alison Lundergan Grimes? I wonder how may of them will vote for Ed Marksberry in the general election?

Reckon Kentucky Democratic Party Chair, Daniel Logsdon, will donate to Mitch McConnell during this election cycle?

Bluegrass Politics
FRANKFORT — The newly appointed chairman and executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party has contributed to campaigns of prominent Republicans in recent years, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Read more.


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