McConnell Challenger Turns Kenton Co. Event into Awkward Karaoke Night
The song We're Not Gonna Take It nearly reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, the year Mitch McConnell was first elected to the United States Senate.
The song, made famous by the band Twisted Sister, and McConnell were intertwined again on Monday night at an unlikely spot: the Kenton County Republican Women's Club, thanks to a lesser-known McConnell challenger.
The club hosted a candidates forum at the Edgewood Senior Center which featured short speeches by those running for Kenton Co. Judge-Executive & the County Commission, county attorney, circuit court judge, sheriff, constable, and magistrate.
And United States Senate.
Technically there are five candidates running for the GOP nomination, including McConnell who is seeking his sixth six-year term in Washington. Mostly, media coverage has centered a McConnell race against Democrat and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in November, but Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has launched a noteworthy campaign from McConnell's right, complete with support from various "tea party" groups.
Bevin attended Monday night's event. McConnell didn't, but sent a letter that was read by former State Senator Dick Roeding who found walking difficult, and was forced to use a walker and the arm of Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn.
"I had a fight with black ice," Roeding said. "I tore my quads, on my right knee away from the bone and the tendon and I've been three, four weeks on this walker and another four weeks (to go) on it, but I have a lovely wife of fifty-five years and it's getting better."
Photo: Matt Bevin speaks as Dick Roeding is helped to a seat by Sheriff Korzenborn
Photo: Shawna Sterling
Following the performance, the event ended, and while she may be among the least known of the United States Senate candidates in Kentucky, Shawna Sterling, whose previously biggest bragging right was surpassing McConnell in YouTube subscribers (according to her website) was the most talked-about in Kenton County at least for one evening.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News