While the Louisville Democratic Party hosts candidate for Mayor Craig Greenberg, 3rd Congressional District candidate Morgan McGarvey, and Jefferson County Clerk candidate Tina Ward Pugh one candidate will be notably absent, the top of the Democratic ticket, U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker will host a separate Tuesday evening election night event from other Louisville Democrats at the Muhammad Ali Center featuring special guests Nappy Roots, DJ K-DOGG, DJ KAOS, and The Real Young Prodigys.
As Democratic seats elected officials, party leaders, and candidates for local, state, and federal offices across Jefferson County convene together to watch results come in at the Galt House it will be Booker making himself the odd man out and adding to speculation of a growing rift with the Kentucky Democratic Party, and Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky.
Booker has been running for the U.S. Senate for two years and has raised $8 million. He is among the first to try a different statewide strategy of speaking primarily to the more liberal portion of Democrats, ignoring the middle, and not running television ads. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has run 12 campaign ads this cycle and Booker has not responded on television. Paul is sticking to his bread-and-butter issues of freedom and the economy.
Earlier this year Booker threatened to leave the Democratic Party.