This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
Charles Booker’s Misplaced Priorities
Dana Pico 6/10/2021 12:02 PM
, the hearts of the editors of the what my, sadly late, best friend used to call the Lexington Herald-Liberal must have been all aflutter when former, one-term state Representative Charles Booker (D-43rd District) of Louisville to see if he should run for the 2022 Democratic nomination against incumbent Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). In 2020, the editors the hard-left Mr Booker against faux moderate Amy McGrath Henderson for the nomination to run against Senator Mitch McConnell. After Mrs Henderson won the primary by an unexpectedly-close margin, against Mr McConnell, where she lost in a landslide.
Every single day, I am deeply ashamed that Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul claim to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate.
Really? Well, a whole lot of Kentuckians would disagree with Mr Booker. In 2010, Dr Paul defeated Democratic nominee , who had already won a statewide election to become the state's Attorney General, 755,411 (55.69%) to 599,617 (44.26%) to win his seat in the United States Senate. Anything over 10% is considered a landslide win. Then, in 2016, Senator Paul defeated then-Mayor of Lexington 1,090,177 (57.27%) to 813,246 (42.73%) for re-election.
Mitch McConnell? In 2014, Senator McConnell defeated Kentucky Secretary of State 806,787 (56.2%) to 584,698 (40.7%), and in 2020 he stomped 1,233,315 (57.8%) to 816,257 (38.2%), despite her spending $90.8 million to 'just' $60 million by the incumbent senator.
If you visit Mr Booker's (exploratory) campaign website, you'll see a letter from him on . In it, he said, "We all want a society where every single person can be safe in their homes without the fear of being killed by the government agencies we pay to protect us."
Yeah, I get it: he's channeling the killing of Breonna Taylor, the ex-girlfriend of a notorious Louisville drug dealer, who died when police returned fire from her then current boyfriend when they broke in, serving a legitimate no-knock warrant.
That's 30 more murders than at the same time in 2020, a 65.22% increase. It was more than double the 33 homicides at the same time in 2019.
Louisville saw 92 criminal homicides in 2019, and almost doubled it to 173 in 2020. Louisville is currently on pace for a new record of 185 murders for 2021, and the long, hot summer hasn't begun yet, but Mr Booker is worried about Breonna Taylor? One of us believes that Mr Booker's priorities are misplaced.
Dana Pico is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and alumnus of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and international Commerce, and has written for the Kentucky Kernel, UK's student newspaper, as well as a few articles for the Lexington Herald-Leader, all in the days just after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. He is now retired and living on his small farm on the banks of the Kentucky River. You can find more of his writings at The First Street Journal.
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