Friday, December 11, 2015

Matt Bevin Doesn't Know What the Fuck He's Doing, Part Three

Steve Beshear tried this move six years ago in an attempt to flip the state Senate to the dems. It backfired to the point that the state Senate is now repug forever and the state House - a dem bastion for decades - is now just four seats away from flipping repug.

And Bevin thinks bribing dem House members with six-figure cabinet posts will do it.

I can't wait to see how it blows up in his face.

Mike Biagi, executive director of the Republican Party of Kentucky, called Tilley's district "a winnable seat that we're going to recruit for and find a strong candidate to run." Biagi added that he expects to have more candidates than ever before in the 2016 elections as the GOP tries to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 95 years.

"We expect to be in a good position to run and flip the state House ... It's not a question of if the House is flipped, but when," Biagi said.

Tilley will be the second Democratic defection in the House, where the Democrats have a narrow 53-47 advantage following state Rep. Denny Butler's decision to switch parties a week after Bevin won a near-landslide election over Jack Conway.

Stumbo accused Republicans of using unethical means to seize control of the House.
"What the Republicans have not been able to accomplish at the ballot box they believe they can accomplish by opening their pocket books up and offering lucrative jobs and opportunities for members of the legislature who have been elected by constituents to serve," Stumbo said.

Tilley's seat will have to be filled through a special election at some point over the next few months. Two GOP House seats in Georgetown and Danville also will be filled in special elections to replace two members who won statewide offices in November.

Tilley's Western Kentucky seat is in a region that has seen numerous seats move from Democratic to Republican control over the past decade, but Stumbo said he believes the Democrats can hold onto it because of redistricting, Democratic seats have become more Democratic and Republican seats more Republican in recent years.

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