“Don’t tell me not to have a crap attack. I can have a crap attack anytime I want!”
We are very pleased to announce that Linda Belcher has won the special election in Kentucky’s 49th district to reclaim the seat she lost 50.4 to 49.6 in November 2016. We are also extremely pleased that the candidate’s name is the same as an awesome cartoon mom, but this contest — although far from California, and for a relatively low-level seat — was quite significant for a few reasons unrelated to that.
First, Belcher beat Republican Rebecca Johnson 68-32 in what’s considered relatively high turnout for an off-year special election. That represents a 38-point point swing to the Democrats since the 2016 election, in which she lost to Dan Johnson, a thoroughly reprehensible person who turned out to be a Confederate sympathizer who called himself the “pope” of his church, lied about being President George W. Bush’s chaplain at the World Trade Center after 9/11, and later faced accusations that he sexually molested an underage girl.
Regrettably, Johnson took his own life after those allegations surfaced, by shooting himself in Bullitt County.
Rebecca Johnson is Dan Johnson’s widow, but any lingering sympathy for her didn’t help as she espoused similar beliefs to her husband, and also weaseled out of debating Belcher in the run-up to last night’s election. (For what it’s worth, Belcher had also lost her husband, who preceded her in the legislature, in a tragic manner: Democrat Larry Belcher died in car accident in 2008.)
In their lone face-to-face encounter, Linda Belcher channeled her animated likeness and told Johnson, “I was gonna punch you, but I’m holding wine.”
She just messes with people she thinks are stupid.
— Linda Belcher Quotes (@LindaBelcherr) August 19, 2016
This being a stretch of Kentucky outside Louisville, Trump beat Clinton 72-23, which means that Belcher’s victory is an 86-point improvement (although let’s not go too nuts over what isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison). It’s also the 37th time a Democrat has won a GOP-held seat this cycle, and it comes hot on the heels of Team Blue pickups in Florida and Wisconsin.
SF Weekly reached out to Belcher, who was reportedly not drunk — just having fun.