Kentucky: Conway Rakes in $1.3M in Second Quarter

Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:02pm

State Attorney General Jack Conway (D), who is battling Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D) in one of the most closely watched Senate primaries of the cycle, announced Wednesday that he had raised nearly $1.33 million during the second quarter.

In a statement, Conway thanked his supporters for helping him rake in the highest single-quarter fundraising total of any candidate in state history. Conway joined the race in early April and has earned the backing of Kentucky Democratic Reps. John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler as well as other members of the state party establishment.

“The fact that so many were so generous to our campaign in these early stages gives us incredible momentum,— Conway said. “Our positive message about Kentucky’s future is clearly resonating and uniting the Democratic Party behind our candidacy.—

But in his own press release Wednesday, Mongiardo, who has been endorsed by Gov. Steve Beshear (D), dismissed Conway’s fundraising haul as the result of Conway being the “candidate of Louisville’s east-end establishment, New York and Los Angeles.—

“It is no surprise Jack Conway was able to raise a lot of money,— Mongiardo said. “What is surprising is that Jack raised more money in Louisville than in the rest of Kentucky combined. In contrast, Daniel Mongiardo has never been the establishment candidate, but has broad statewide support because he is the one candidate in this race who has stood up for working families.—