Violent Republican Runs For Oldham County Magistrate

Earlier today, I had the unique pleasure of reading a press release announcing the candidacy of J.D. Sparks for the office of Oldham County magistrate. It mentioned so many of Mr. Sparks’ accomplishments, works and other politically-empowering deeds that, had I not been personally attacked by him, I’d be inclined to believe that I was reading about a decent human being.

Last May, while covering the Kentucky GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Mr. Sparks introduced himself by physically assaulting me in an attempt to escort my credentialed, reporting-ass out of the Galt House ballroom, where the event was being held. A minor legal battle ensued, wherein Mr. Sparks ultimately pled guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct, was issued an EPO to stay the fuck away from me, paid some fines and would have to live with this incident on his record for five years — even though trying (and failing) to withdraw his plea with a high powered lawyer in an effort to expunge the charge from his record, presumably for reasons of political ambition.

It came as a little bit of a surprise, then, to read that “local leaders” in Oldham County would support a known criminal with serious boundary issues and a short temper. But in a self-aggrandizing press release that conveniently fails to mention this one, shining example of the J.D. Sparks that I know, keeping things vague when necessary is probably the smart (and expedient) thing to do.

So I guess all I’m saying is that it will be a pure delight covering his candidacy; I wish him luck. (Pro tip: Don’t assault the babies, just kiss them and move on)

[Here’s a link to the Oldham Observer, whom has more reason to be terrified of a Sparks-win than I do]


  1. ConservaChick
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow. You’ve got to have the only post on the entire internet that starts with the phrase “Violent Republican!” We’re generally pretty peaceable people.

    Seriously, though, I’ve never heard this story; however, I don’t go to the Jefferson County Lincoln dinners anymore. I met JD through another civic organization and he’s never behaved that way around anyone. This includes during counterprotests against LPAC in Louisville. Those loud grey-hairs could piss off the Pope himself with their nonsense so I’m pretty sure I would have seen an outburst from him if he was indeed “violent.”

    Seems like you’ve left off some of the story… You just walked in the door and were “introduced” to JD and he responded “violently?” Seems sort of odd to me…

    Just curious…

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    Posted April 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I have spoken to Mr. Sparks recently and found him to be a very likable fellow, who has done much good while serving for his current term. I believe there was certainly provocation involved on the writer’s behalf that was conveniently left out of this unsigned hit piece. I for one will place it in the trash bin it deserves to be in.