A Clarification

On Saturday, I sent out a text message to about 2000 Republicans and Independents in District 43 stating that "it looks like the Republican has dropped out" of this race, and referring them to this website. I should have been clearer about that:
Mr. Corley has not officially withdrawn from this race!
I meant only to state that it looks like he is not running a serious, active campaign. I have seen no evidence that Mr. Corley is campaigning. More specifically:
  • Mr. Corley does not have a campaign website.
  • He doesn't have a campaign Facebook page.
  • He did not respond to requests from the Courier-Journal for basic information on his campaign.
  • He did not participate in WLKY-TV's generous offer of free production of campaign videos.
  • Throughout this campaign, I have run into my Democratic opponent at public events many times. We've gotten to be pretty good friends. But I haven't run into Mr. Corley a single time. The only evidence I've found so far that he has campaigned at all is this clip from his appearance at the AFA Forum in Okolona.

The Republican Party of Kentucky
vs. Everett Corley, their nominee for House District 43

The biggest news so far has been that my Republican opponent in this race has been disavowed by the Republican Party!

WHAS TV (AP), September 7, 2018:

Kentucky GOP won't support nominee with 'offensive' comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Republican Party of Kentucky is disavowing a GOP candidate for the state legislature who is being criticized for racially charged comments he's made in the past.

Everett Corley narrowly won the Republican nomination for the 43rd District House seat in Louisville. Two years ago, he sued to stop the removal of a Confederate soldier statue near the University of Louisville. The Kentucky Democratic Party this week accused Corley of being a white nationalist and pointed out that he called a U of L professor a “dirty black bastard” during the fight over the Confederate statue. The city removed the statue, and Corley apologized for the comment.

In a release, the GOP called Corley a “perennial candidate with a history of offensive statements and behavior.” The state GOP says it would not support his candidacy now or in the future.

Louisville Courier-Journal, September 7, 2018:

Kentucky GOP candidate ripped minorities on a white nationalist show

By Phillip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier-Journal, Published 6:40 a.m. ET Sept. 7, 2018 | Updated 6:41 p.m. ET Sept. 12, 2018

A Kentucky House candidate who wants to represent a majority African-American district said four years ago on a white nationalist's YouTube show that minorities have stripped the white working class of power.

Republican Everett Corley railed on number of racial grievances during the nearly hourlong interview in 2014 with avowed white nationalist William Johnson. He said that white voters in western Louisville's Portland neighborhood are “completely surrounded” because of a Democratic plot.

“It's a bunch of white liberals and minorities who've conspired together to cut the white working class out of power,” he said.

Corley, who is running for the Kentucky House 43rd District, made the comments while appearing on “The Ethno State” with Johnson, a leader with the American Freedom Party. Johnson, a Los Angeles attorney, was in the national spotlight after briefly being listed as a delegate for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. ...

Louisville Courier-Journal, September 7, 2018:

Mitch McConnell rips 'racist behavior' of Kentucky Republican candidate

By Phillip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier-Journal, Published 2:14 p.m. ET Sept. 7, 2018 | Updated 6:40 p.m. ET Sept. 12, 2018

U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tore into a Kentucky Republican candidate on Friday who talked about McConnell's interracial marriage during a 2014 appearance on a white nationalist YouTube show.

Everett Corley, who is running for the Kentucky House 43rd District, was responding to the host’s criticism of McConnell's marriage to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — McConnell is of European descent and Chao is of Asian descent. Corley said white people “should maintain our people and our culture as much as anyone else” but that he viewed McConnell’s marriage to Chao as one of “companionship” more than “a statement about children.”

Corley used the 52-minute interview to rail about minorities on a number of different issues, including crime and gerrymandering.

“This racist behavior is completely despicable,” McConnell told the Courier Journal on Friday. “Such backwards views and hateful rhetoric must be given no corner in the Republican Party or anywhere in America. I’m not at all surprised that the state party is not affiliated with or in any way supporting this individual.”

The head of the Jefferson County Republican Party, Jim Stansbury, called on Corley to drop out of the race Friday, saying Corley's views do not represent the party's views.

“I believe Mr. Corley should withdraw from the race,” Stansbury said. “In fact, I have directly asked him to do so.”

Corley also was denounced by U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, who appeared at a fundraiser with Corley a month before Corley's 2014 interview with avowed white nationalist William Johnson.

“I learned yesterday in the news that Corley said inappropriate things one month after I attended an event on his behalf,” Comer said Friday. “Obviously had I known what he would say in the future I would not have attended the event.” ...

Louisville Courier-Journal, September 10, 2018:

Column: Sure, Everett Corley is a racist, but so are a lot of GOP policies

By Joseph Gerth, Louisville Courier-Journal, Published 8:28 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2018 | Updated 8:36 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2018

So the guy who sued to keep a monument to the racist Confederate States of America near the University of Louisville, and then called a leading opponent of the obelisk a “damn dirty black bastard,” really is a racist.

A full-blown “white-people shouldn’t intermarry with other races if they plan to have kids,” “black people like to attack white people just because they’re white,” “we need more white-people-friendly organizations,” racist.

Why are we not surprised that Corley Everett, a past and current Republican state House candidate who has since changed his name to Everett Corley, appeared on a web broadcast in 2014 with an honest-to-God white nationalist and parroted the guy’s white supremacist views?

In the interview, conducted by William Johnson, a California racist who was briefly listed as a delegate for Donald Trump when he was still a candidate in 2016, the two talk about things like gerrymandering, racial unrest and even Sen. Mitch McConnell's marriage to Elaine Chao because he's of European descent and she's of Asian descent. ...

Louisville Courier-Journal, September 19, 2018:

Column: McConnell has no right to be angry about bigots in GOP questioning love

By Ricky L. Jones, Opinion contributor, Published 8:42 a.m. ET Sept. 19, 2018 | Updated 2:27 p.m. ET Sept. 19, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was a little upset recently at news that one of his GOP brothers attacked him for betraying the white race. Courier Journal reporter Phillip Bailey unearthed an interview in which Kentucky Republican House of Representatives candidate Everett Corley lamented that McConnell’s marriage to Elaine Chao, a woman of Asian descent, is problematic. “White people should maintain our people and our culture as much as anyone else,” Corley said. Los Angeles-based white supremacist William Johnson agreed, “(McConnell) is taking a stand that will destroy the white race.” He bellowed, “You must vote for anybody (even a black person) but a white man who is interracially married.”

McConnell’s saving grace according to Corley? He and Chao don’t have children.

McConnell indignantly responded, “This racist behavior is completely despicable. Such backwards views and hateful rhetoric must be given no corner in the Republican Party or anywhere in America. I’m not at all surprised that the state party is not affiliated with or in any way supporting this individual.” ...