If you were wondering why the old snapping turtle, Senator Mitch McConnell, was so jittery and in a bad mood lately, maybe its because he is coked up and about to lose his 2014 re-election due to his shady campaigning practices.
Within a few days of the election, Mitch McConnell is starting to lose control due to actions in his past related to violating voting laws — in addition to connections to over 40 kilograms of cocaine found on a ship controlled by his father-in-law.
Opponent Alison Grimes has been working tirelessly on her campaign, and has been unsure if she will be voted-in because Mitch McConnell has been in office since 1985.
Over Halloween weekend, Mitch McConnell endured three scandals with only a few days until the election. Starting a few days before Halloween, Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law dragged him into a scandal.
The accusations set forth by The Nation and other publications are that James Chao, father of Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine, is tied to a ship that was found to contain 40 kilograms (over 90 pounds with a value of over $60 million) of cocaine.
Why does this concern Mitch McConnell? The Nation writes,
“But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family. Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail.”
While questions about whether Mitch McConnell is being financed with drug money are still being investigated, the other two scandals concerning Mitch McConnell were filed by Alison Grimes. According to PoliticusUSA.com, they both involve voter fraud and may be felonies.
In the press release that Grimes released on her website, AlisonForKY.com, the opening line is,
“McConnell himself authorized Kentucky GOP to launch despicable mailers designed to intimidate Kentuckians from exercising their right to vote.”
The first instance of voter fraud by Mitch McConnell includes voter intimidation flyers. The article by PoliticusUSA.com concerning the two counts of fraud against Mitch McConnell says,
“Per Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the McConnell flyer violates state law KRS 516.030. KRS 516.030 is Forgery in the Second Degree, which is a Class D felony for intent to deceive with falsely designed ‘official’ ‘public’ documents designed to trick voters into thinking they are government documents.”
In addition, there’s a second felony involved in voter fraud as it pertains to Mitch McConnell. According to the article,
“A second felony is possible for violating a KRS 119.155; unlawfully preventing or attempting to prevent a voter from casting their ballot or intimidation or attempts to intimidate any voter so as to prevent them from casting their vote. That’s another Class D felony. There is a reason why it’s a felony crime to interfere with democracy, and any “lawmaker” who is willing to break these laws to win an election is not someone who is suited to their job.”
However, PoliticusUSA.com notes that the good ol’ boy network is alive and well in Kentucky. Dismissing the claims made by Alison Grimes against Mitch McConnell is DUI arrested (but somehow still in office?) Republican Party of Kentucky spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper. Cooper is quoted as saying,
“Alison Lundergan Grimes spent hundreds of thousands of dollars smearing Mitch McConnell and his wife, but she’s upset about a mailer that holds her accountable for her blatant falsehoods.”
Cooper added that Grimes is part of the “Obama campaign machine,” and this statement may work in Grimes’ favor since, according to sources like Salon.com, McConnell is calling for the discontinuation of ObamaCare in the State of Kentucky.
Other reports have stated that if multiple members of the Republican Party, like Mitch McConnell, are elected on November 4, 2014, it could spell doom for Obamacare. Overturning ObamaCare would affect (according to the Courier-Journal) over 400,000 people in a state that the US Census Bureau estimates has only 4.5 million residents.
Disclaimer: All opinions and bias are those of this author and not the publication. This author has been a resident of the state of Kentucky since 1981 and does not approve of the 2014 attempt to re-elect Mitch McConnell.
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