Owensboro Democrat files to run against Brett Guthrie in 2nd Congressional District

Ed Marksberry, an official with the Daviess County Democratic Party in filed papers Thursday to run for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie.
Marksberry filed his paperwork Thursday.

The 2nd District is a large area, sprawling from Owensboro to the outskirts of Louisville. The district also includes Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Campbellsville.

Democrats haven’t had much luck in the 2nd District for the past eight elections. The last Democrat to hold the seat was Bill Natcher, who died in office in 1994. Republican Ron Lewis was elected to the seat that November and held it until his retirement in 2008. Guthrie beat Democrat David Boswell to win the seat that November.

Marksberry is an Owensboro home builder and real estate agent and is a member of the executive committee of the Daviess County Democratic Party.

Marksberry said he considers himself “a conservative Democrat, along the lines” of Natcher.

 Marksberry said he is concerned that “the middle class has lost wages and that makes us weaker as a nation.”
“I am working class. I know what it’s like to struggle to make (ends) meet,” Marksberry said.
“The Democratic Party was originally set up for the working class,” he said. “That’s my issue right now — what we can do to strengthen Kentucky families financially.”

If elected, Marksberry said he would take on “spin” generated by Republicans in Washington to voters “are hearing the truth.” Marksberry said Republicans had used “fear mongering” to sway the public debate over the federal health care bill.

Marksberry said, if elected, he would work on issues such as health care, energy and providing services to children and the elderly.

Marksberry said Thursday he did not want to talk specifically about has ideas until his campaign launches its Web site.

“The issues will all come out in due time,” Marksberry said.

Guthrie outspent Boswell in 2nd District race

Republican Brett Guthrie outspent David Boswell by nearly $400,000 in his successful run against the Sorgho Democrat in Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional this year.

Brett Guthrie

Brett Guthrie

Campaign finance reports filed within the last week show that Guthrie, a state senator from Bowling Green, shelled out $1.2 million during the campaign, with almost all of that spent since May. 

Boswell, also a state senator, spent $838,000 during the campaign cycle that included a primary victory over fellow Democrat Reid Haire, Daviess County judge-executive. 

Both candidates found themselves with outstanding debts at the close of the campaign finance reporting period, with Guthrie owing $30,000 in “win bonuses”  and Boswell with an $18,000 car loan from a Ford truck his campaign bought for him to use on the trail. 

Guthrie dished out $5,000 “win bonuses” to fellow state Sen. Richie Sanders, a friend who assisted during his campaign, to Mike Gula & Associates, a Washington-based fundraising firm, and to OnMessage Inc., a Maryland campaign media, strategy and survey firm. Continue reading

Guthrie borrows from Lewis to staff Washington office

Brett Guthrie will be keeping several staff members from his predecessor when he heads to Washington, D.C. next year to represent Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District.

Brett Guthrie

Brett Guthrie

Robyn Minor with the Bowling Green Daily News is reporting that Eric Bergren and Megan Spindel will remain in Washington to work for Guthrie, a Republican state senator from Bowling Green, after Rep. Ron Lewis retires next year.

Bergren has worked for Lewis for his entire stint in Congress and is currently the Cecilia Republican’s chief of staff, and will fill the same role for Guthrie, according to Minor. 

Spindel, a Hanock County native, currently works for Lewis and took time off from her duties to staff the Republican headquarters in Owensboro this campaign season. Spindel will be legislative director for Guthrie – the same position she has with Lewis, according to Minor.

An interesting tidbit – Guthrie’s new office, 510 Cannon, is the same one former President Richard Nixon used while in the U.S. House from 1947 to 1951.

WKU offers analysis of Tuesday’s results

Looking for another take on the results from Tuesday’s election? Members of Western Kentucky University’s political science department have posted their thoughts today on the university’s blog.

Check out the post to read what four professors have to say about races from the presidential contest on down the ticket.

Since I’ve been particularly interested in the 2nd District race this year, here’s what Assistant Professor Joel Turner had to say about the victory by Bowling Green’s Brett Guthrie over David Boswell of Sorgho –

In the congressional race, Brett Guthrie won a key victory for the Republicans, allowing them to hold on to Ron Lewis’ seat and mitigating the losses that the Republicans took in House races. Guthrie’s military background, business background, and legislative experience were key to his victory. Guthrie also benefitted from a fundraising advantages and well as some negative ads placed by the DCCC which seemed to backfire and hurt, rather than help, David Boswell’s cause.

Last night, Scott Jennings with the Guthrie campaign pointed to the DCCC ads as an example of a backfiring strategy for Boswell, but Boswell stood by the way he ran his campaign and thanked the DCCC for the help.

Any thoughts on Turner’s take?

Running update on Kentucky’s 2nd District race

Democrat David Boswell has an early lead in the 2nd District race over Republican Brett Guthrie as results just begin coming in in the 21-county district. 

Boswell has won handily in Marion County, the first county in the expansive district to complete their count. 

Here are the results from the state Board of Elections site in Marion County, where all 17 precincts have been counted – 

Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
David E. Boswell D 4,569 65.6% 65.6% percent of the vote
S. Brett Guthrie R 2,399 34.4% 34.4% percent of the vote
Overall, as of 6:45 p.m., Boswell has a 51 percent to 48 percent lead with just less than 6 percent of the district’s precincts reporting. So far, only eight counties have begun posting their results on the state’s Web site.
Boswell has also won the 12 Jefferson County precincts inside the 2nd District by a 10-point margin now that counting has finished there.
Here are totals from Jefferson County – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
David E. Boswell D 3,543 55.0% 55.0% percent of the vote
S. Brett Guthrie R 2,903 45.0% 45.0% percent of the vote
Update, 7:05 p.m. 
Guthrie has picked up his first county now that Shelby County has completed their count. 
Guthrie won the county, which sits east of Jefferson County, by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 10,073 55.8% 55.8% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 7,980 44.2% 44.2% percent of the vote
Overall, Guthrie has also taken a lead in the race where he has received 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for Boswell with 20 percent of the precincts reporting. 
Boswell has also picked up Washington County by a margin of only 33 votes. Here’s the total from Washington County. 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
David E. Boswell D 2,500 50.3% 50.3% percent of the vote
S. Brett Guthrie R 2,467 49.7% 49.7% percent of the vote
Update, 7:10 p.m. 
Guthrie has picked up another county victory with the completion of the count in Taylor County, where he edged Boswell by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent. 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 6,075 58.2% 58.2% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 4,367 41.8% 41.8% percent of the vote
Update, 7:20 p.m.
Guthrie has picked up Meade County by a narrow margin. The trio of counties in the area – Meade, Hardin and Bullitt, have been seen by both camps as critical.
Here are the Meade County results – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 5,519 50.9% 50.9% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 5,317 49.1% 49.1% percent of the vote
Still no results posted from Daviess County, Boswell’s home turf and likely a crucial county for both campaigns.
In Guthrie’s home county – Warren County – he is leading by a two-to-one margin with about 30 percent of precincts reporting.
Update, 7:25 p.m. 
Guthrie picks up yet another county now that Green County has completed its count. The relatively small county went overwhelmingly for Guthrie – 65 percent to 35 percent. 
Here’s the breakdown – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 3,023 65.1% 65.1% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 1,623 34.9% 34.9% percent of the vote
Update, 7:35 p.m. 
And another county goes to Guthrie. Larue County just finished its count, and Guthrie prevailed in an 11-point victory there. 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 3,279 55.2% 55.2% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 2,659 44.8% 44.8% percent of the vote
Overall, Guthrie appears to be stretching out his lead in the district, but the county is just over a third completed. 
So far, 37.6 percent of the precincts have been counted and Guthrie is leading 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent, or 61,444 to 51,349. 
Update, 7:40 p.m. 
Boswell has picked up Nelson County with a 2-point win by topping Guthrie 8,880 to 8,522. 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
David E. Boswell D 8,880 51.0% 51.0% percent of the vote
S. Brett Guthrie R 8,522 49.0% 49.0% percent of the vote
Guthrie has won Spencer County by a 1,200 vote margin – here are the results – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 4,490 57.7% 57.7% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 3,290 42.3% 42.3% percent of the vote
Update, 8:05 p.m. 
Boswell has won Ohio county with a 55 percent to 45 percent victory. 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
David E. Boswell D 2,453 54.6% 54.6% percent of the vote
S. Brett Guthrie R 2,040 45.4% 45.4% percent of the vote
Although Guthrie has run out to a 55 to 45 lead, Daviess, Hardin and Bullitt counties still haven’t been tallied. 
Guthrie has picked up Edmonson County – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 3,358 66.0% 66.0% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 1,732 34.0% 34.0% percent of the vote
Update, 8:10 p.m. 
Guthrie has won Hardin County, and Boswell does not appear to be winning Daviess County by a large enough margin to offset Guthrie’s win there and his convincing lead in Warren County. 
Here are the Hardin County results – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 20,875 53.6% 53.6% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 18,087 46.4% 46.4% percent of the vote
Update, 8:20 p.m. 
Guthrie has won Hart County – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 3,423 53.5% 53.5% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 2,979 46.5% 46.5% percent of the vote
Update, 8:41 p.m. 
Guthrie has also picked up Grayson County – 
Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 6,118 63.3% 63.3% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 3,549 36.7% 36.7% percent of the vote

Guthrie takes another county – Breckinridge County – 
        

Candidate Party Votes Overall % Overall Percent
S. Brett Guthrie R 4,296 51.5% 51.5% percent of the vote
David E. Boswell D 4,043 48.5% 48.5% percent of the vote

 

Wesley Clark makes last minute pitch for funds in KY-2

Former Democratic presidential candidate and retired Gen. Wesley Clark made a “last minute plea” on his blog for supporters to send funds to races in the Kentucky 2nd, New York 29th and Illinois 10th districts. 

On the Web site for his political action committee, WesPac, Clark on Monday night wrote that he had received an “urgent note” from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for help in the three districts. 

In the Kentucky 2nd, where Democrat David Boswell is facing Republican Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green, Boswell needs money to help with last-minute “get out the vote” operations, Clark wrote. 

“This is a tough district that George Bush carried handily, but the most recent polling shows David with a very slim lead,” Clark wrote. “To win, he needs to make sure all the new voters coming out to the polls for the presidential election, vote down the ballot and check David’s name.”

LA Times: Conservative Dems make headway in GOP districts

Richard Simon with the Los Angeles Times has examined the trend this year of conservative Democrats making a move in U.S. House districts that are “traditional GOP strongholds.”

One of those identified by Simon in his article Saturday is David Boswell, the Sorgho Democrat running in Kentucky’s 2nd District for the seat held by Republican Ron Lewis for 14 years. 

Simon cites a Boswell ad that pegs the state senator as pro-life, pro-gun and against higher taxes, a campaign slogan being used by many conservative Dems this year. 

Check it out.