There is an election next Tuesday between Ben Chandler and Alice Forgy Kerr to fill out Ernie Fletcher's term in Congress - as if you didn't know after weeks of stupid TV and radio ads. The candidates seem to be competing to insult our intelligence with their negative ads, and neither seems to know much about what is going on outside of Kentucky. So why should anyone but the most loyal Republicans and Democrats bother to go to the polls? Why is it so important for everyone who is unhappy with the direction this country is taking to vote for Chandler?
First because Alice Forgy Kerr's claims to represent the Sixth District rest on her total and uncritical support for President Bush and on her seemingly unlimited financial support from the Republican National Committee. What a lot of money her campaign has to put into ads, polling, and invading our privacy with phone calls three and four times a day! Yes, Ben Chandler needs to be talking more than he has about, for example, the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the administration's lack of planning for a post-Saddam Iraq, their surrender to the drug companies in recent Medicare legislation, and on and on. But what Chandler does have going for him is years of elective public service in Kentucky during which he showed an admirable independence that gained him no love from some of the Democratic insiders. He has shown that he can learn on the job and that he can serve the interest of the people, not the privileged.