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Sam Bush Enters 2014 Kentucky Senate Race

By Mandolin Cafe
April 1, 2013 - 7:00 am

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CNN News announces Sam Bush's entry into the competitive 2014 Kentucky Senate race

CNN News announces Sam Bush's entry into the competitive 2014 Kentucky Senate race

Atlanta, Ga. — CNN has announced a major shake-up in the 2014 Kentucky Senate race with newgrass legend Sam Bush announcing his candidacy for the position currently held by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The announcement was made on Wolf Blitzer's news program The Situation Room.

Scott Wartman, political reporter for the Kentucky and Cincinnati Enquirer observed, "There had been a sigh of relief in the McConnell camp when Ashley Judd finally announced her intention to not run. Quite frankly, her potential candidacy had mostly been a distraction. With the entry of Bush — he'll be far more popular — this is certain to turn into a full blown horse race."

"Sam's politics are unknown at this point, but his name recognition and experience on the stage can only be viewed as a plus," he said. "If every bluegrass musician in the state votes for him, with McConnell's low approval rating, this could potentially cause insurmountable problems for the Senate Leader."

Wartman also observed, "Sam was honored by the Kentucky legislature and is no stranger to the state's politics. Although McConnell is a political legend, many state legislators have not fallen in step with his policies and may be eager to cross over and support the bluegrass star."

McConnell's press secretary Robert Steurer released the Senator's official response: "Senate Leader McConnell looks forward to this new challenger from the entertainment industry, a profession fraught with loose morals and sinful behavior, unlike the honest and honorable job of being a Washington politician."

About Sam Bush: considered the Father of newgrass music, he was the founder of The New Grass Revival in the 1970s and popularized progressive sounds still heard in today's bluegrass music and performs with his own Sam Bush Band. In March 2010, Legislation passed in Kentucky that officially named Bowling Green the "Birthplace of Newgrass" and Sam Bush the "Father of Newgrass." The Resolution, sponsored by Representative Jim DeCesare, passed the Kentucky Senate 37-0 on March 25. It passed the House on March 3, 99-0.

Additional information

Sam Bush's Formal Campaign Video Announcement


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April 01, 2013 06:58 AM
it is April 1st... But in case I am wrong... Good deal!!

Upstate Al
April 01, 2013 07:16 AM
no way not April 1st he's gearing up for 2016 that's the ticket!
Jim Gallaher
April 01, 2013 07:23 AM
This just in:

A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky legislature to outlaw "shacking" and all of its variants within the borders of the state, effective upon passage.

IBMA has vowed to seek an injunction and challenge the ban in court should it be signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Denny Gies
April 01, 2013 07:35 AM
Can I vote for Sam from Florida? Maybe absentee ballot?
April 01, 2013 08:36 AM
Just so you know. Sam is not related to the Texas Bushes, so a vote for him is not a vote for them. Yes, Denny, you can vote via absentee ballot from Florida, or anywhere, as long as you're registered in Kentucky. And if Sam is on the ballot. BTW, unanimous votes on the resolution? Not likely, given the large numbers of traditionalists in the constituency.
April 01, 2013 08:55 AM
He will certainly benefit from the Citizens United decision in that all of us mandolin players can pour our vast earnings into the campaignsmile)
Mike Bromley
April 01, 2013 08:57 AM
Oh Brother.
April 01, 2013 09:01 AM
Where does he stand on banjo registration?
April 01, 2013 09:03 AM
Mickey King
April 01, 2013 09:42 AM

"McConnell's press secretary Robert Steurer released the Senator's official response: "Senate Leader McConnell looks forward to this new challenger from the entertainment industry, a profession fraught with loose morals and sinful behavior, unlike the honest and honorable job of a being a Washington politician."
Denny Gies
April 01, 2013 09:51 AM
Thank you journeybear, I will vote early and often.
Mike Herlihy
April 01, 2013 10:05 AM
I think he's just stringing us along
Mike Herlihy
April 01, 2013 10:05 AM
Quote from Mike Bromley: Oh Brother. End Quote

Where Art Thou?
April 01, 2013 10:18 AM
OK, this made my Monday bright and sunny. Thank you! smile
April 01, 2013 10:40 AM
Can't wait to hear him filibuster!
April 01, 2013 10:42 AM
Ahemmm Wolf... NewGrass Star Please......
April 01, 2013 12:33 PM
The comment from the press secretary is really funny comparing the entertainment community to the status of a Senate member, I think he got it backwards
Cheryl Watson
April 01, 2013 05:40 PM
Dang, I can't get the video player to load :crying:
John McCoy
April 01, 2013 07:02 PM
Quote from Mike Herlihy: I think he's just stringing us along End Quote

Don't be so sure. I think SB knows how to pick his fights. And he has the pluck to take this course of action. So don't fret about it.
Scott Tichenor
April 02, 2013 01:28 PM
So, I'm guessing no one took the time to look at the picture in the article carefully. Check the CNN Update area that is a ticker with ever changing news. Says:

Bluegrass band makes one million dollars. I was so proud of that. -sniff-

April 02, 2013 02:45 PM
Sam has my vote, or would if I lived in Kentucky!

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Eddie Sheehy
April 02, 2013 05:39 PM
Oh Great! Another "popular" politician... just what we need.

Poli = many
Tic = blood-sucking parasite
April 04, 2013 03:27 PM
Scott, just so you know your efforts did not go unnoticed I did catch the millionaire bluegrass band in the ticker right away. I think I laughed harder at that than at Sam running for office. Hard to say which is more likely ;)
April 05, 2013 08:17 AM
Has anyone heard what Sam Bush's reaction to this article has been? I'd like to think he is an anonymous Cafe member who saw it and got a good chuckle.
April 05, 2013 09:06 PM
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