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11/4/2015

Some Good News From Kentucky

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:41 am



[guest post by Dana]

For just the second time in 48 years, a Republican has been elected as governor of Kentucky. Last night, Matt Bevin (R) was declared the winner in a 53% to 44% victory. Along with Bevin, Jenean Hampton (R) became the first African-American elected to statewide office. She becomes the state’s new lieutenant governor.

Hampton has an impressive personal story :

Both Bevin and Hampton are Tea Party activists who have never held elective office. Hampton’s path certainly represents triumph over adversity. Born in Detroit, the 57-year-old Hampton and her three sisters were raised by a single mom who lacked a high school education and couldn’t afford a television or a car. But Hampton was determined to better herself. She graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and worked for five years in the automobile industry to pay off her college loans. She then joined the Air Force, retiring as a Captain. She earned an MBA from the University of Rochester, moved to Kentucky and became a plant manager in a corrugated packaging plant. Then she lost her job in 2012.

She used her free time to start a career in politics and becoming active in the Tea Party. She ran a losing race for state representative in 2014 but won an early endorsement from Senator Rand Paul. She was tapped by Bevin to be his running-mate earlier this year.

“I’m aware of the historical significance. People point it out … Really, I just never think about it,” she says.“We’re different races, different sexes, he grew up in the country, I grew up in the city. We represent a broad range of the Kentucky demographic.”

Hampton, a woman of determination, character and resolve. Or, as the New Republic’s Brian Buetler refers to accomplished black conservatives (who are obviously allowing white people to use them to absolve themselves of racism, because clearly there can be no compelling reason for a black person to be a conservative…), she’s just a token.

–Dana

29 Responses to “Some Good News From Kentucky”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. This should make the other, not as good looking Dana, extremely happy.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  3. Was rooting for Conway but glad for diversity.

    john (c0f11e)

  4. Here’s your “token” you leftist racists. Complete with Star Fleet lapel pin!

    http://twitter.com/blackrepublican/status/661721232572706817/photo/1

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  5. Why were you rooting for Conway?
    Buetler is a certified jackwagon.

    JD (34f761)

  6. Hampton’s path certainly represents triumph over adversity. Born in Detroit…

    I didn’t think it was possible to establish “adversity” in three words. I was wrong.

    CayleyGraph (353727)

  7. Born in Detroit…

    CayleyGraph:

    I didn’t think it was possible to establish “adversity” in three words. I was wrong. </i?

    Ben Carson was also born in Detroit.

    But he's old enough to have said "Empire State Building" and not "World Trade Center" in his testimony in a lawsuit in the year 2000. (someone could aggravate a spinal cord injury by being thrown off theEmpire State Building)

    I'm interested in how Jenean Hampton managed to get educated in public schools. Or did she go to public schools?

    Sammy Finkelman (3a0a59)

  8. Did somebody say Detroit?

    Leviticus Channeling Mark (f9a067)

  9. The Rt Rev Barack Hussein Hoagie™ wrote:

    This should make the other, not as good looking Dana, extremely happy.

    It should mean that my retirement property will be safe for another four years! :)

    And perhaps the Democrats in the Bluegrass State might stop seeing Jack Conway as a rising star; this is the second statewide race he’s lost, having been defeated by Rand Paul in the 2010 Senate race. But, since Alison Lundergan Grimes has also proved herself to be a rising star who landed with a thud . . . .

    The Dana who grew up in Kentucky (f6a568)

  10. This election and the liberal reaction reminds me of the first Tea Party I attended in Chicago (yes, we had them here.) To my right I saw two black protesters in the crowd. One was holding a sign accusing Obama of being a corporate stooge. The other I think was objecting to the socialist nature of Obama’s agenda. To my left, CNN’s Susan Roesgen was running around asking people “Why do you think there are no black people at this rally?”

    CrustyB (69f730)

  11. Mitch McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky, must be thanking his stars that he managed to fool those rascally Kentucky tea partiers exactly one year ago. Had a grain of truth escaped his rancid lips prior to the election, he’d be an elder statesman today. Instead he’s a grasping sellout more aligned with Reid than those the RNC hopes to fool one more time.

    Everyone has been discounting the “tea party”, but this is partially due to the fact that there really is no “tea party”. It is a spirit and I think there’s no reason to think those millions of people have changed their minds. They just need the right leadership.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  12. Did somebody say Detroit?

    Leviticus Channeling Mark (f9a067) — 11/4/2015 @ 8:30 am

    [chortle] [chortle] [chortle] [snort]

    JVW (738b08)

  13. And perhaps the Democrats in the Bluegrass State might stop seeing Jack Conway as a rising star; this is the second statewide race he’s lost, having been defeated by Rand Paul in the 2010 Senate race.

    The Dems should clearly consider a Jack Conway/Martha Coakley ticket in 2016 once Hillary! is indicted. Two rising stars, moving at roughly the pace of Neptune’s orbital period.

    JVW (738b08)

  14. Good for them! The governor has said that he is going to model his governance after a predecessor who balanced the budget, so that’s good. No Crazy Tea Party Racist stuff!! Unless he’s hiding his true self from Ms. Hampton and the world, though.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  15. Even better news from the south. The mortality rate is falling in civilized countries around the world and minorities here in ameriKKKa ;but not for white men in ameriKKKa, It is actually going up! Bye bye southern conservatives you won’t be missed!

    beni (272374)

  16. Perry you are a real tool, you old broke-dick.

    Colonel Haiku (436b69)

  17. Perry wishing for death on opponents again. In other news, water is wet.

    JD (957967)

  18. Great news from Kentucky, but that’s not the only great news. The sanctuary city sheriff in San Francisco got voted out. In lefty SAN FRANCISCO! I’m pleasantly astounded by that.
    I also see some other signs of common sense emerging, like the results of the Houston referendum against a particularly nutty lefty law, and several other good results on various races around the country.

    Arizona CJ (331a26)

  19. Don’t kid yourself that SF voters woke up yesterday, bumped their head on the nightstand, and suddenly became sentient.

    The outgoing sheriff was a boozer who had committed a hit-n-run behind the wheel, and was also forbidden to carry a gun because he is a safety risk. Think of that

    SF elected a minority as sheriff who isn’t allowed a firearm for fear he would shoot his own fingers off, or worse. Oh and asking this vacuum of a man, “When did you stop beating your wife?” question would be totally appropriate.
    Totally.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  20. @ #19, Papertiger,

    Okay, I didn’t know all that about the SF sheriff (thanks for the info), but still… all those things are usually totally acceptable to the left, provided the miscreant’s politics are suitably leftist. I’ll take any sign of non-flatline brain activity as a positive, even if it’s a tiny step.

    Arizona CJ (331a26)

  21. Even better news from the south. The mortality rate is falling in civilized countries around the world and minorities here in ameriKKKa ;but not for white men in ameriKKKa, It is actually going up! Bye bye southern conservatives you won’t be missed!

    beni (272374) — 11/4/2015 @ 11:47 am

    What’s your race and (biological) gender?

    Gerald A (949d7d)

  22. PaperTiger,

    I haven’t been following the sheriff’s race (being a resident of a suburb rather than SF proper).

    I *am* glad to see Measures F and I fail, though.

    I’m also glad to see Ohio reject that state’s marijuana legalization measure – while I’m pro-legalization in general, that bill was very, very bad.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  23. I think we can reasonable conclude that the kim davis treatment, along with the war on coal, the shortcomings of Kynnect, and the sixth episode of recovery summer, all played a part,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  24. Gerald, Perry is a white octogenarian from Delaware, whose parents moved him out of a neighborhood that was slowly “darkening” to use a colloquialism. He never moved back out of his white neighborhoods and back into the “darkened” neighborhoods. But he does rant about other people being racist before he even knows the genetic makeup of those people or their families.

    John Hitchcock (a6ef4e)

  25. Just like the late Dem conversion to and blatant lie of owning the idea of racial equality, just wait. Whenever we finally get to the point where it is not necessary to point out that someone is the first (choose favorite minority or other white male suppressed group) to fill a given position, Dems will declare that we have finally achieved ML King’s “Dream”, when it has been them all along screaming about exterior characteristics when the Right has long given credence to interior character.

    I missed Hampton’s first name and thus her gender at first reading, only catching it at reading “her”. Mostly because I don’t care. When I read that she was black, again, I don’t care. Is she qualified? Does she have a grip on reality, i.e., not a Radical Lefty (often redundant, I know…).

    NeoCon_1 (54ce7d)

  26. plus ted cruz heartthrob kim davis defectered from the D party in kentucky it seems like just yesterday

    mortal and also blow

    happyfeet (831175)

  27. and stumble was conway’s predecessor as atty general, he went after fletcher the last governor, in another witchhunt,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  28. narciso, thanks for the mention of Fletcher. He was a Republican. So where did the DNC house organ the NYT come up with Kentucky not having had a Republican governor in 40 years? Not to mention calling the race close and Bevin winning by 53%-44% over Conway. (I knew, by that, that Bevin was way ahead but figured about 7% not 9%. Scheissburger (sic) is shameless.)

    nk (dbc370)

  29. they make carp up, or they may be that ignorant, floor wax, dessert topping,

    narciso (ee1f88)


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