Kentucky is more than just home to horses, whiskey, and basketball, but it’s also where some of the biggest and most important political races this year will take place. From the US Senate to State Representative campaigns, we have already seen a constant barrage of ads and almost endless amounts of money spent in the Bluegrass state. Republicans have a great chance of finally gaining control of the House this election cycle, which has been under Democratic control since 1921.
There continues to be some very important races that has the eyes of many political pundits across the state focused on and one of them is in Kentucky’s 32nd legislative district. In East Louisville, the open seat is up for grabs between the Democrat Ashley Miller and Republican Phil Moffett, due to Republican Julie Raque Adams running for State Senate.
Moffett, a former gubernatorial candidate back in 2011 is a conservative businessman and man of strong American principles. He is co-founder of CCS Partners, a telecommunications management firm and also co‐founded School Choice Scholarships, a Louisville‐based charity which has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to low-income children, giving them the opportunity to attend private elementary and middle schools chosen by their parents or guardians.
Miller, a former Miss Kentucky and Rap Model, currently works as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner or Pregnancy Options Counselor for Planned Parenthood. When she is not working as a nurse or supporting progressive values, she is advocating standing up to special interests to ensure that right-wing extremism (as she puts it) does not threaten Louisville families.
There have been reports of this race becoming ugly and nasty due to a political site “SubMergeKentucky.com”, which is not actively live, of informing the public of Ashley Miller’s background. Phillip Bailey from WFPL reports on this further, but does so by implying that “observers” feel that possible racist and sexist motives may be behind the alleged “attacks”.
Bailey writes, “Miller would be the first African-American woman elected to the state legislature in over a decade, which observers say is one reason a political website attacking Miller is especially telling.” Never mind the fact that she is advocating for harmful progressive policies or that for the past six years she has worked to “educate” women on the proper steps to take in murdering babies. No, don’t focus on that, just pay attention to her skin color.
Miller even responds to them by implying they came from the Moffett campaign. “It’s unfortunate the other side is spending their time to look at ways to tear me apart versus paying attention to what it is that the people actually need,” she said. “For my campaign as a whole it’s a distraction of the issues that I’m focused on such as education and the economy.”
Miller is responding to the recent risqué photo of her on the cover of a 2012 album from Nappy Roots, a Kentucky rap group, which seems to be making its rounds around the state. The cover shows Miller in a bathroom stall while not wearing much clothing.
Both candidates would certainly love to focus on the issues in this race. Kentucky voters have two candidates with completely different views and ways to address the problems that face Kentuckians. Miller wants to increase the state minimum wage, while Moffett wants to empower businesses so they are able to create more jobs for Kentuckians. He also supports a right-to-work law, while Miller does not. This race is viewed as key in deciding which party controls the House. Currently, Democrats hold a 54-46 majority.
Kentucky and residents in the 32nd district have a clear choice this November. Miller, who views being a progressive as advocating making progress toward better conditions instead of what it really means, is actually a big-government liberal who believes in creating more bureaucratic agencies. Moffett, who plans to focus on replacing the current job-killing state tax code with a system which attracts companies and encourages job growth, also wants to protect the individual freedoms and liberty by supporting Constitutionally sound public policy above party politics. This race will certainly be close, but the differences between the candidates are clear.
Moffett told ANM News that, “Setting her risqué RAP album modeling aside, the 32nd district is a conservative district and it could prove very difficult for my opponent to convince voters her work as a Pregnancy Options Counselor at Planned Parenthood should not be something they consider.”
The recent photo in question is already becoming a distraction that the Miller campaign had not planned for. It is still unclear if Emerge Kentucky, the group funding Miller’s campaign and working to elect Democratic women across the state discussed this in their training or not. Moffett says that Miller is unfit to represent the district due to her past work with Planned Parenthood.
Miller tells WAVE 3 News that “Planned Parenthood of Kentucky is very much an empowerment organization, and I’m very proud of the work that I do there,” Miller said. “It shouldn’t even be in the discussion.”
Miller, an employee of an organization who has defined abortion as a “voluntary miscarriage” hopes she can convince the conservative voters of the 32nd district of East Louisville that she will represent their values in Frankfort. This is the same women who, as former model, decided two years ago to pose on the album cover of a Rap group known as Nappy Roots with her bottoms at her ankles in a bathroom stall. Miller made the decision to work for an organization known to encourage the use of abortion to solve “health” and “social problems” in America and third-world countries. These were the decisions she made.
Planned Parenthood’s numbers in America are as follows: 327,166 abortions performed in 2012, up from 165,174 in 1997. Planned Parenthood performs approximately 1 in 4 abortions in the United States. 2,197 adoption referrals in 2012, down from 9,381 in 1997. They commit approximately 149 abortions for every adoption referral, while not providing any true assistance regarding adoption. Received more than $540.6 million from taxpayers in 2012-2013. Made a profit of $58.2 million in 2012-2013. This is the organization Ashley Miller works for and supports.
In a 2011 op-ed in the Lexington-Herald Leader, Miller writes about Planned Parenthood, “As a health care provider and as a woman, I believe the health and wellness of our nation’s women affects everyone. The services we provide are of the highest quality. I take pride in the services we provide for our Lexington community. We are open and welcoming to all who seek our services, whether they are insured or uninsured, no matter their sexual orientation, financial status or need. We provide preventive health care, something many Americans would like to consider a right.”
Miller’s mentor in politics is Representative Mary Lou Marzian from the 34th district in Kentucky. A woman who does not support requiring the parental notification or consent before an abortion is performed on a minor, nor does she support abstinence-only sexual education programs. Miller’s mentor also supports restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns and does not support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns. Both Miller and Marzian are in strong support of President Obama’s “Affordable Health Care Act.”
Moffett believes that sound public policy should be held above party loyalty and he has endorsed legislation, which would allow workers not to join a union as a condition of employment. Miller would not support a right-to-work bill, although she does support a statewide minimum wage increase.
Kentucky voters in the 32nd district must decide in November on who they feel will better represent their values and principles, but also who will be able to make intelligent and helpful decisions in Frankfort. Moffett has been endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life, while Miller has been endorsed by the Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC. The choice seems to be very clear on which candidate better suits them, but they both will continue to make their case up until Election Day.
This story was originally on ANM News.
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