Democratic Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry Sues Ky. Democratic Party

Jul 30, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Democratic Party’s push to generate momentum for Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has fellow Democratic candidate Ed Marksberry crying foul.

Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor who lost a bid for Congress in 2010, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that the Kentucky Democratic Party is violating its own bylaws by favoring Grimes’ candidacy.

A July 1st email by the KDP urged donors to build a grassroots effort to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell and “make sure Alison wins.” But Marksberry says the party declined his requests to distribute fundraising information for his campaign, citing bylaws that bar party officials from endorsing in a primary.

Marksberry, who announced his candidacy in December 2012, has been campaigning as an alternative to career politicians.

"I'm a working class guy who wants to be a voice for those are not being represented in Washington, D.C.," the candidate says at the start of a campaign song posted on his website. 

Marksberry is also scheduled to speak at the Fancy Farm rally this weekend.

Two other Democratic candidates, in addition to Grimes, have announced a run for the U.S. Senate next year: Louisville music promoter Bennie Smith and University of Louisville professor Greg Leichty.