GOP Hopes Conway Vulnerable After Senate Loss

by Gabe Bullard on August 6, 2011

In this year’s Kentucky elections, most of the Democratic nominees are favored to win. But Republicans say their nominee for Attorney General, Todd P’Pool has a strong chance of unseating incumbent Jack Conway. Though he’s served in office for four years, Conway is most recently known for his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid against Rand Paul last year, and all of Conway’s detractors are keen to remind him of that race.

Before the speaking began at Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic, P’Pool rallied his supporters at the side of the stage by highlighting Conway’s loss.

“Rand Paul knocked him down last year, let’s go ahead and knock him on out,” he said.

Hours later, Paul rubbed even more salt in Conway’s wounds.

“It’s really good to see my friend Jack Conway again,” Paul said during his speech. “I guess even a super-sized helping of shame can’t keep a good politician down.”

Other Republican speakers mentioned Conway’s widely-ridiculed “Aqua Buddha” ad, which criticized Paul for an alleged college prank. P’Pool jabbed Conway for cursing at last year’s Fancy Farm.

“Now Jack, I know that makes you mad enough to cuss…but don’t do it!”

None of the Democratic speakers came to Conway’s defense–they were all focused on their own races. But when Conway took the stage, he quickly reminded voters that he fulfilled the promises he made at the 2007 Fancy Farm, when he was first seeking the Attorney General’s office. Those promises included modernizing the state’s law enforcement and going after child pornographers.

“Here we are, four years later and there’s a record,” Conway said. “And it’s a record that recommends re-election my friend.”

P’Pool, however, chided Conway for not joining the Republican attorneys general of other states in filing suit to block the healthcare overhaul law from taking full effect.

“Jack takes credit for fighting drugs, he takes credit for fighting cyber-crime. The truth is, every prosecutor fights crime, but only one prosecutor can fight Obamacare and he sits on the sideline,” P’Pool said. “Why? Because he supports Barack Obama.”

Conway’s re-election attempt is his fourth bid for public office, and, if successful would give him two-and-two record. Five years before running for Attorney General, Conway tried unsuccessfully to unseat Third District Congresswoman Anne Northup.

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