Lynching imagery? Oh hell no.


Just saw this story about a Democratic candidate in Spencer County using lynching imagery to make a point in an ad. The Dem, Bobby Smith, is running for judge-executive. He’s trying to spin it as “not meant to represent actual people” but rather the corrupt system in the county.

Thankfully, the KY Dem party has already condemned the ad, called for Smith to pull the ad, and to apologize. His response? “If any liberals are offended, I’ll apologize to them.”

I’ll go the KDP one better: Mr. Smith, you should withdraw from the race. There’s just no need for elected officials, of any party, who would be okay with running that ad, and then defend it when confronted about it.


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.