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Congressional Candidate Todd Lally

In the Third District Congressional race, the poll numbers are mixed and don’t seem helpful: September’s Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass poll found 45% of likely voters would cast their ballots for Todd Lally, 47% for incumbent John Yarmuth, percent. More recently, a CN2 Politics poll showed Yarmuth leading 53% to Lally’s 30%, and each side has now launched their first television ads. Whether you’ve already made up your mind or are still doing your research, join us this Thursday when Candidate Todd Lally talks about his platform and takes your questions.

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Yarmuth Discusses Latest Obama Proposal

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says President Barack Obama’s latest proposal to jump-start the economy will face some hurdles on Capitol Hill. But much of the difficulty may come from Democrats.

This week, Mr. Obama laid out a plan for 50 billion dollars in infrastructure spending and billions more in tax cuts for businesses. Yarmuth says he supports the plan.

“There are limited choices available to a government in trying to move the economy, and I think we are making the best use of the tools that we have. Most of that is to stimulate private activity,” he says. “That’s why the president is also calling for different tax credits for business, to stimulate their investment, not to invest federal dollars, but to stimulate their investment. Again, this is the type of program that makes sense for the American people, I hope that our Democratic majority is solidly behind them.”

Republicans, however, have criticized the plan for its cost and similarity to last year’s stimulus package.

“It would be hard to believe that Republicans would oppose those things,” says Yarmuth on the business tax cuts. “Because they historically have proposed them themselves. But it wouldn’t be the first time in the last couple years they have done that.”

Yarmuth says he expects the GOP to vigorously fight the proposal in Congress. He also expects some reluctance among Democrats, as many of them are facing difficult re-election campaigns. Yarmuth himself is seeking another term, facing Republican Todd Lally, Libertarian Ed Martin, and independent candidate Michael Hansen.

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House Minority Leader Boehner Fundraises for Lally

U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) helped fundraise today for Republican candidate Todd Lally. But Lally’s bid for a seat in the House still faces financial hurdles as the fall campaign season kicks off.

Lally hopes to unseat Democrat John Yarmuth of Louisville, who is running for his third term in Congress.  While growing attention from the National Republican Congressional Committee and now a visit from the House’s top Republican could give Lally a boost, his campaign coffers are still less than half as full as Yarmuth’s.  Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission in mid-July showed the Yarmuth campaign with nearly $600,000 in cash on hand. Lally’s campaign reported just under $270,000. Yarmuth is also ahead according to internal polls recently released by each campaign.

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Martin Says He Won't Cater To Tea Party, GOP

by Gabe Bullard

Libertarian candidate for Congress Ed Martin says he’s not planning on catering to the Tea Party for votes.

Martin filed to seek the Third District seat currently held by Democrat John Yarmuth Wednesday. He says his focus on reducing government spending may appeal to Tea Partiers, but he plans on to run a campaign aimed at everyone, not specific factions.

“There are certain elements in the Tea Party that are for fiscal conservatives and are probably also not too happy with the Republicans that could tilt my way. But I don’t intend to cater to any specific group,” he says.

Further, Martin says he’s not counting on a surge from libertarian-leaning Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul to help him in November.

“Definitely the smaller government, lower taxes type of thing, I think, resonates with a lot of people, but I think the staunch libertarian interpretation on some other stuff. The—as it’s been called recently, the paleo-libertarian beliefs and positions on things—could actually hurt, and a lot of those I don’t actually share,” he says.

Martin says his economic platform may lure voters away from Republican candidate Todd Lally, but he says his socially progressive stance could appeal to Democrats, too. Independent candidate Michael Hansen is also in the race.

Martin attempted to run for Congress as a Libertarian in 2008, but was disqualified because he was still a registered Republican.

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Lally Wins Third District GOP Nomination

by Stephanie Crosby

Todd Lally has claimed the Republican nomination in the third district congressional race. He’ll face incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth in November.

The veteran and UPS pilot says his campaign has a lot of work to do to prepare for that contest.

“Physically, we feel like taking a couple days off, but we need to get into this, we need to raise a lot of money pretty fast,” says Lally. “You come out of a primary with very low resources, so we’re going to have to re-tool and re-vamp our organization a little bit to get bigger and bigger.”

Lally won the nomination with over half the votes cast in the four-way race. Larry Hausman claimed about a quarter of the votes.

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Four Republicans Seek to Challenge Yarmuth

by Stephanie Crosby

Four Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination to try to unseat two-term Third District Congressman John Yarmuth. The Democrat is unopposed in his party’s primary.

Leading the pack in terms of fundraising is Jeff Reetz. He’s contributed $100,000 to his campaign, and raised another $70,000 or so.

The 57-year-old Pizza Hut franchisee campaigned this week before some financial advisors at Hilliard Lyons. When he’s out talking to voters, Reetz says their number-one concerns are jobs and the economy.

“People want to know they’re going to be working,” says Reetz. “People want to know they can provide for their future. People want to know our economy is good and sound and solid and growing. People want to know we’re not going bankrupt as a country.”

Reetz points to his 30-plus years of experience as a businessman, both on the corporate level for Yum Brands, and now as the owner of 30 Pizza Huts as reasons why he’d be good at shaping national policy, job growth and economic stimulation. He says the best thing government can do to help is get out of the way.

“When government gets involved in things, they have a tendency to not perform as well as they could or should,” says Reetz.

On that, the candidates agree.

“What I tell folks is that everything the federal government is doing right now is wrong,” says 51-year-old accountant Brooks Wicker.

He’s at the other end of the fundraising spectrum in the race. He’s raised about $7,000 for his campaign, and is also touting his business experience.

Wicker made stops every morning this week at coffee shops throughout Louisville, and he agrees the top issue in the race is jobs. He thinks creating more wealth through tax cuts is the way to stimulate growth.

“In 26 years of doing what I do, consulting across a broad section of the economy, I’ve never seen a poor person give somebody a job. Never,”
says Wicker.

For 39-year old UPS pilot and veteran of the Kentucky Air National Guard Todd Lally, the race is also about jobs and economy. He believes that if he makes it past the May 18th primary, the changing national political tides might sweep him into offce.

“It’s not just against John Yarmuth, it’s against the Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda,” says Lally. “John Yarmuth is very much a part of that.”

Lally’s campaign has raised $91,000, a little over half of which came from his own pocket.

Larry Hausman is the candidate who says he ‘came up in ‘ the Tea Party, and his pitch for a much smaller government sounds a lot like it.

“The federal government has blown the door open with the commerce clause and the general welfare clause, by being able to spend money on anything they want, to be able to raise taxes and to spend it completely against the wishes of our founding fathers,” says Hausman.

The 45-year-old real estate financial advisor has raised $24,000 for his campaign, and says should he win the party nomination on May 18th, he’s looking forward to running against the incumbent.

“Boy, am I going to take it to him on his voting record,” says Hausman, “and I feel like not just Louisville, but America, is with me.”

The four candidates will square off tonight in a forum sponsored by Louisville’s Tea Party organization. It’s set for 6:30 at the Middletown Government Center on Juneau Dr.

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Republican Todd Lally Joins 3rd District Race

Lally1Thirty-eight year old Todd Lally has joined the Republican primary in the third district Congressional race.

The Louisville native announced his candidacy Friday afternoon in Tyler Park. The conservative Lally told his supporters he’ll fight for smaller government.

“We want a government that will provide us with the basics.,” said Lally. “We want infrastructure and we want security, and then we, the people, will fuel that economic stimulus.”

Lally said he’s eager to debate the issues with Congressman John Yarmuth, who currently holds the seat.

“We’re going to get into that cap-and-trade policy that hurts Kentucky,” said Lally. “We’re going to get into this health care thing. We’re going to ask him why he voted certain ways on certain things, we’re going to ask him why we still don’t have a bridge in Jefferson County, and no longer is being able to blame is on Bush going to be satisfactory to us.”

Lally is an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He’s served 21-years and is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a UPS pilot.

In politics, Lally has served on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Republican Party.

So far, he’ll face Republican Marilyn Parker in the primary.