Potomac Fever

How Craft’s Steering of Government Business to Trump’s Hotel Could Hurt Gubernatorial Bid

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft steered government business back into the pocket of President Donald Trump while she was in office, but what does that mean for her potential bid for governor of Kentucky? Forbes released a report just before Labor Day showing as the Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft used her official...

Forbes: As Ambassador Kelly Craft Directed Government Business to Trump’s Hotel

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM KDP: A new report from Forbes shows that as Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft directed government business to then-President Donald Trump’s Washington D.C. hotel, according to internal emails from the State Department. In November 2018, Craft forwarded an email to a staffer regarding a conference for ambassadors in Washington D.C. In...

Rep. Attica Scott Is Spending Big Via State House Account in Off-Cycle

State Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, has been hitting the fundraising hard, and spending big in the first quarter of an off-cycle year, according to an expenditure report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Scott, who is considering a Democratic primary challenge to Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville, has been spending big the first...

Why is a Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Tweeting About a Taiwanese Teddy Bear?

We’re two years out from the 2023 gubernatorial primary this week, and one of the shadow candidates for the race keeps tweeting about a stuffed animal.  Kelly Craft, the wife of mega-donor Joe Craft, of Alliance Coal, is positioning herself to run for governor on the Republican ticket, but it’s her tweets about TaiBear, a...

From the Archives: LBJ talks with Gov. Breathitt in 1964 About Presidential Election

In early August of 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson and Gov. Edward “Ned” Breathitt of Kentucky spoke about the upcoming presidential election and arrangements being made behind the scenes to ensure LBJ carried Kentucky’s delegates. The phone call, obtained by Kentucky Fried Politics via a National Archives search, discusses an informal survey from the Kentucky...

Matt Jones Arranged and Took Photo of McConnell/OVW Wrestlers

There’s a picture of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next to two body-building wrestlers, Mr. PEC-Tacular and The Luscious Baby, floating around the internet, and it’s getting international attention, but it’s who took the picture that’s just as interesting as the photo itself. The photo was taken by Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio,...

Derby Hangover – Ad Taunts Trump McConnell Played You; KY Ad Maker Nominated for 24 Awards

The Lincoln Project is taunting former President Donald Trump, saying he lost to Mitch McConnell and “the swamp.”  The ad, reported on by The Hill, says “McConnell’s Washington consultants are making big money using your name. We don’t know if Mitch gets a cut. But what do you think, Donald?” The video shows a snippet...

On the Move: McConnell Taps Tiffany Ge as New Legislative Director

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has promoted a Louisvillian as his new legislative director in his personal office in Washington D.C. McConnell tapped Tiffany Ge for the role, who had been serving McConnell as his legal counsel since 2017.

Will Kentucky’s Race For Governor Be A Road Map For What Happens During the Next Presidential Cycle?

Will Kentuckians ring the bell for a nation of sheep to follow? When it comes to how we vote presidentially the nation is not following, but another race held 12 months before the presidential election offers key insights.