NKY Woman Disrupts GOP Event With False Announcement About Bevin Win
Alyssa Dara McDowell has waged multiple local political campaigns, running unsuccessfully for Kenton County Judge/Executive in 2010 and Covington mayor in 2012. In the latter campaign, McDowell caught ire after a profile in The River City News quoted her as saying her run for mayor in Covington was one against "the homosexual agenda."
In 2016, she said in an RCN podcast that she was running President. In 2018, she withdrew from the race for Covington city commission before the primary election after previously announcing for and then withdrawing from the race for the 65th House District.
On Tuesday night, McDowell was at the Republican Party event at the Galt House in Louisville, where attendees awaited election results. Though almost all of the GOP candidates for statewide office were victorious, Bevin came up short (though he is calling for a recanvass after Democrat Andy Beshear finished ahead of him by about 5,000 votes).
Roughly twenty minutes after Lexington TV station WLEX called the race for Beshear, McDowell ran on to the stage in Louisville and announced that Bevin had won.
"Hey, we just got word that Matt Bevin has won," McDowell declared to the crowd, joining them in cheering and jumping up and down.
Moments later, one man joined her on stage and tried to escort her away, but instead she continued to try to address the crowd. The mic was cut.
A second man came on stage to assist in removing McDowell.
The moment was captured on video by WLEX and its has been viewed 250,000 times, as of 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.
McDowell has not responded to a request for comment.
In a 2012 interview with The River City News, before the paper turned a year old and was still operating on a blog platform, McDowell railed against what she saw as the promotion of homosexuality in Covington.
"What I see, what I'm afraid of is that it's not only being condoned, it's being promoted," McDowell said at the time. A reference to sexual orientation by then-Mayor Chuck Scheper while highlighting the city's diversity during his January state of the city speech motivated McDowell to change her mayoral campaign's focus to one of what she described as morality. "I'm concerned about leaving behind a town for my children, for all children, that is pro-homosexual agenda."
"Most moms don't want to put kids in that environment," she said.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher