In 2006, John Yarmuth defeated Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell’s right-wing protégé Anne Northup 51-49, turning this Louisville district blue for the first time in a decade. In Congress, Yarmuth has stood up to the Bush administration in Congress. He has condemned Bush’s reckless Iraq policy and has voted against expanding Bush’s unchecked warrantless wiretapping powers on American citizens. His voting record is "progressive" 94% of the time.
Yarmuth's 2008 opponent again will be Northup, who is back for a rematch. Over the past decade, Northup has proven to be an expert at raising bundles of money from big companies, particularly, tobacco companies, HMO's, and polluters. In 2008, McConnell will be on the ballot, bringing the Republicans to the polls. Yarmuth needs early help to keep this seat blue.