April 18, 2010
Mr. Conway, unlike Dr. Mongiardo, says flatly that he would have voted for the recently enacted national health care reform. Only he seems fully aware that a measure that expands insurance coverage, prohibits denial of insurance based on pre-existing conditions and creates exchanges to lower the cost of premiums is of special benefit to Kentucky, which has higher rates of poverty and illness than the nation as a whole.
May 9, 2010
Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Attorney General Jack Conway are well qualified for the office. Each one understands the needs of the state and has the vision to address them in a thoughtful manner.
Except, unfortunately, where coal is concerned. There, each seems more than willing to put the interests of coal ahead of some of the state's more pressing environmental needs.
Unfortunately, too, each has been quick to use the misleading and deceptive negative attack ads that are all too prevalent in American political campaigns. Democratic voters should ignore — indeed, should abhor — these tactics and look instead to the past performance of the party's two leading candidates.
If they do, they will find much to recommend each man. But we believe they will find a bit more to recommend Conway.
Three other Democrats will be on the primary ballot — Henderson doctor James Buckmaster; Army veteran and former customs agent Darlene Fitzgerald Price of McCreary County; and Maurice Sweeney, a Jefferson County businessman with a lengthy history of civic and civil rights involvement.
We encourage Price and Sweeney, in particular, to continue pursuing their interest in politics. They would be outstanding candidates for local or state legislative office, and with time and seasoning might well set their sights higher again at a later date.
But the two standouts in this primary election are Conway and Mongiardo.
Conway's edge over Mongiardo may result from something of a default. Mongiardo's main accomplishments include forcing Bunning to bring every relief pitcher out of the Kentucky Republican bullpen to eke out a narrow re-election win over the then largely unknown state Sen. Mongiardo in 2004.