Grayson says Washington ‘broken’

“Washington is broken,” Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson told the Daviess County Republican Women’s Club on Tuesday. “Republicans played a role in breaking it because we didn’t stay true to our  principles.”

But Grayson, a candidate for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, told the gathering at the Campbell Club that Republicans have the best plan for reducing the deficit and getting America back on track.

Asked about the Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Rand Paul, his rival for the GOP nomination, Grayson said, “Anybody getting involved in the political process is helpful.”

But he said he encourages Tea Party supporters to stay within the Republican Party and not form a third party. That, Grayson said, could lead to Democratic victories.

On Palin, he said he doesn’t know why she endorsed Paul.

“I’ve never met her,” Grayson said. “But my views are her views. I think her staff let her down. But she hasn’t campaigned here yet.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Grayson.

For more coverage of Grayson’s speech, see Wednesday’s Messenger-Inquirer.

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Boarman taps Grayson for fundraiser

Republican Ben Boarman, who is challenging state Rep. Jim Glenn this year in the 13th District, said Friday Secretary of State Trey Grayson will be headlining a fundraiser for him next month.

Boarman, an Owensboro businessman in his first political race, said Grayson will be in town Oct. 7 for the event at the home of Jim Henry, the owner of Tri-State Mailing Systems.

Boarman said several weeks ago that he had surpassed $20,000 in campaign cash after ending the last reporting period on June 30 with about $11,000. Glenn had more than $20,000 through the close of the last reporting period.

Glenn has since held a fundraiser that brought Gov. Steve Beshear to town along with House Speaker Jody Richards and state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach.

Grayson has been active campaigning for Republican candidates, and is routinely discussed as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 or governor in 2011.

Boarman made his pitch to the Republican faithful Friday at the opening of the party’s campaign headquarters in Owensboro, and targeted Glenn, though not by name.

Glenn won the 13th District seat, which represents most of the city of Owensboro, two years ago by beating Joe Bowen, a local businessman who was in his first term in the state House. That seat had been held previously by Brian Crall, another Republican who went on to serve in the administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

“Two years ago we lost the seat and we lost the pride,” Boarman said. “We deserve a state representative that produces, not just promises. … Owensboro deserves more.”

Mongiardo to campaign for Rep. Jim Glenn, opponent Ben Boarman hopes for Grayson visit

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo will join state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and House Speaker Jody Richards in Owensboro on Monday for a fundraiser for Rep. Jim Glenn.

The Owensboro Democrat had hoped to bring in Gov. Steve Beshear for the private event at the Fieldcrest Drive home of Claire Neal, but scheduling conflicts will keep the governor away, Glenn said.

Glenn is facing Republican and local businessman Ben Boarman, who said Wednesday he is hoping to bring in Secretary of State Trey Grayson for a fundraising event in either late September or early October.

Through the end of June, Glenn was leading Boarman in fundraising with more than $21,000 in cash on hand, compared to Boarman’s $11,000.

Read more about the fundraisers in Friday’s Messenger-Inquirer.

News from Fancy Farm

Tidbits picked up at the Democratic and Republican dinners on the eve of the Fancy Farm picnic…

– Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Republican, told reporters when asked about his future political plans that he is interested in either a U.S. Senate seat or the governor’s office.

Grayson, who won a second term last year as secretary of state after foregoing a gubernatorial run, said he has talked with U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning about his future plans, and said Bunning has told him that he plans to seek a second term in 2010.

Grayson said if Bunning follows through with those plans, he won’t challenge Bunning, but instead will consider a run for governor in 2011. Plans for a gubernatorial run could begin next year, if that’s the office he decides to seek, he said.

– Daviess County native Chad Aull, who now works in the Beshear administration as director of constituent services, was one of the featured speakers at Friday night’s bean supper sponsored by the Marshall County Democratic Party. Aull hails from Philpot and was speaking as president of the Kentucky Young Democrats.

– Members of the local delegation at Friday night’s dinners were Rep. Tommy Thompson of Philpot and Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville, both Democrats.

– Several speakers at the Democratic dinner at Kentucky Dam Village noted the cooler temperatures inside the convention center this year as compared to previous years. Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller offered one explanation for the cooler temperatures – the change to a Democratic administration with Gov. Steve Beshear’s election last November.

“Now we’ve got Democrats, feel that lovely, cool air,” Miller told the crowd.

– The politics continue when each party hosts a breakfast Saturday morning before the main event begins at St. Jerome Catholic Church at 2 p.m. The Republican Party of Kentucky will gather in the Graves County High School cafeteria at 9 a.m. and the Kentucky Democratic Party will be at Mayfield High School at 8 a.m.

Read more coverage of the night’s events in the Messenger-Inquirer.