Ben Chandler: Attacking Success

Robert New

Ben Chandler has been in Washington too long. When you sacrifice your ability to represent the voters who supported and elected you in exchange for ideologies that threaten their jobs and livelihood for your own personal gain it is time to come home. Ben Chandler has crossed that line.

He is so far over the line in fact he is ashamed to meet with his constituents in open town halls and is hesitant to appear in open debates. If you have governed and voted on your core beliefs, you will have no problem explaining your actions. But Ben has had to rely on a page from the Daley’s Chicago dirty politics playbook. One of lying, attacking, and distorting the truth.

It is one thing to attack your opponent, we’ve come to expect that during tough campaigns. But to attack someone personally who is a hardworking Kentuckian, who started at the bottom of their industry and worked their way up to the top is disgusting. Do hardworking, successful Americans like Heath Lovell threaten people like Chandler and Obama? Or is it the coal industry itself that threatens their pet industries, companies like Solyndra wasting billions of tax payer dollars? That tactic may work in inner city Chicago with Obama, Axelrod, and Rahm Emanuel, but we deserve better from our representatives here in Kentucky. And we won’t stand for your intimidation and deceit, we fight back.

Barack Obama does not understand people who work hard to gain success. He went to ivy league schools and has never held a job like you and I have. At least not that we can tell, he had his records sealed by executive order on his first day in office. Does that sound like someone proud of their accomplishments? Ben has too long been relying on the name of his grandfather to get ahead. He spends more time disparaging that name and trying to hide from his heritage than he does working for Kentuckians.

But should we really be surprised? He has done nothing but supported Barack Obama’s agenda for the last 4 years. Ben claims he voted against Obamacare because “it is wrong for Kentucky”. But that was an election year and he faced a tough battle. With every vote since that threatens to change or repeal it, Chandler has shown his true colors. If Obamacare was wrong for Kentucky the first time, why is it good now? Now we even know about the hidden taxes on the middle class and the cuts to benefits for the elderly that is included.

Ben has also supported all of Obama’s policies that is crippling our coal industry including the energy tax. Thousands of Kentuckians rely on the coal industry; our state has some of the lowest energy rates in the nation. That is one of the things that make Kentucky attractive to industry even though we far down the list of business friendly states. But that is more a reflection of our state tax structure, our governor’s policies, and our crippling debt. The last thing hard working Kentuckians need is a congressman who compounds our obstacles, the economy is bad enough, gas prices are too high, and we can barely afford groceries.

Kentucky can no more afford another Ben Chandler term in congress as the United States can afford another Obama term. It’s time to quit hoping and time to work for real change.

-Robert New-

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