Did the C-J ‘inadvertently’ endorse Allen?

Using a bit of reverse psychology going into the final days of the primary, Democratic mayoral candidate Tyler Allen is telling supporters that The Courier-Journal’s endorsement of his opponent, businessman Greg Fischer, has unintentionally given him the momentum.

The newspaper’s editorial board dismissed the 8664 co-founder this past Sunday, calling him a “political gadfly” who was “unsuited for the job of mayor,” specifically because of his opposition to the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project.

“They attacked me not because of my character, qualifications or accomplishments but because, as a private business person, I publicly challenged the Ohio River Bridges Project,” Allen said in the message. “That I have the good sense and courage to stand up to a bad idea pushed by powerful interests when others, including my opponents, will not is precisely why I am the only candidate who is qualified to be mayor.”

Given he was polling at just 7 percent as of last month, however, it might be too little, too late to boost the long-shot candidate ahead.

From the Allen campaign:

What I support is what a vast majority of Louisvillians believe, that we need to build the East End Bridge now without tolls.  We must put Louisvillians back to work.  And, we can’t afford the $4.1 billion Bridges Project and its 23 lane-wide Spaghetti Junction, requiring 15 years of construction, paid for with tolls on bridges we already have.  That project will set economic development in this city back decades.

My opponents support this breathtakingly irresponsible plan.  How can we trust them with the future of our city?  You have a choice.  We can do better.  Vote for Tyler Allen on May 18 and we will.

Coupled with fellow Democrat Jim King’s attacks on Fischer for his support of tolling, it appears the bridges plan is quickly becoming the big issue in the campaign’s final days. Earlier in the campaign, LEO reported that the Allen campaign was set to raise the temperature on the anti-tolling sentiment among voters in the final weeks. Many against the plan believe that tolling is the only way to finance the juggernaut project.

3 Comments

  1. James W Moore
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I’ll post (roughly) the same thing here as I did on Sarah’s “non-endorsement” piece:

    For what it’s worth, I was one of the candidates who got their butts kicked by John Yarmuth in the 3rd District Congressional Primary of ’06 – but I don’t mind; I think that John has done a great job.

    Anyway, when you do something crazy like run for office, you learn – by necessity – a lot about issues and people. It was then that I got to know Tyler Allen, and about his initiative to save Louisville’s waterfront, which I remain convinced is the best way to promote real business growth for our city. Tyler has the right ideas – not just about the bridges project, but about real job development and better education opportunities for all of Louisville.

    Because I’ve been politically active since 2006, I’ve gotten to know all of the candidates in this race – or at least I can say that I’ve met them several times. Tyler is simply the brightest, most talented of the bunch, and that’s reason enough for me to vote for him next Tuesday.

    In 2006, 4580 of you voted for me. If you’re one of them – or even if you’re not – please vote for Tyler Allen next Tuesday.

    Best regards, James W. Moore

  2. haden
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Go Tyler Allen!!!

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