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Cockfighting in Kentucky

Cockfighting in Kentucky
Cockfighting in Kentucky
James George

The right to be ignorant has been in the news all weekend what with an NBA owner exposing his being a blatant racist. President Obama wrapped it up by saying that he has a right to be ignorant. Yes, indeed. There is another example of the fight for the right to be stupid and that is in Kentucky in the Republican race where Bevin is competing against McConnell. Bevins showed up at a rally for cockfighting where he describes it as a rally for states rights. It is hard to see Mitch McConnell hanging around a ring of roosters. He is more of a race track guy. Right wing Republicans tend to side against the law these days, what with that rancher not wanting to pay his taxes and such.

“How cockfighting became an issue in the Kentucky Senate race. Yes, really.


April 25 at 12:31 pm
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign calls it one "of the most disqualifying moments in Kentucky political history." Businessman Matt Bevin's team shrugs it off as "just a rehash of an old story." What are they talking about? Cockfighting.

Yes, cockfighting. It's the dominant issue at the moment in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Bevin's remarks a recent rally where attendees championed the legalization of the blood sport -- illegal in Kentucky -- in which roosters fight one another and spectators bet on the outcome have become the latest blow to his floundering campaign to unseat the Senate's top Republican.

It all started with the revelation early this month that Bevin spoke at a pro-cockfighting rally in Corbin, a town in southeastern Kentucky, on March 29. Bevin later said he didn't understand that he was at an event to gin up support to legalize the activity.

"I was the first person to speak and then I left," Bevin told the Corbin News Journal. "They knew I was here. They asked if I would be interested in speaking. I’m a politician running statewide, any chance I get to speak to a few hundred people I’m going to take it." His now-former spokeswoman told the Louisville Courier-Journal, "It was not a cockfighting rally, it was a states' rights rally."