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TVInews 107 Nick Clooney of Kentucky The Father of George Clooney Runs For Congress - Updates / George Clooney take hints from his father, Nick Clooney, from Kentucky, in filming, "Good Night, and Good Luck," a screenplay about newsman Edward R. Murrow.

George Clooney - "Good Night, and Good Luck"

Nick Clooney Runs For Congress

1. The Clooney Updates

2. The Kentucky Election
3. Editor's Recap - CASH FOR CLOONEY

4. Mike Clooney / Tidbits

George "Said" -- Vote For My Dad.
39th week of 2005 / News Updates after the Election of 2004 -- George Clooney Backs His Father With The Real Thing --
George's father, Nick, a former TV-news anchorman, is the Democratic candidate for the seat, and he's been getting a lot of help from his famous son.




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Since those headlines appeared in news print, life has changed for the better for the Clooney clan. "My father's lived 68 years in Kentucky and has very little to do with Hollywood," Clooney said. "And suddenly he's a Hollywood hippie."
Clooney was so absorbed his father's liberal politics -- on issues including civil rights, gun control and equality for women. Earlier this year, he helped raise campaign funds for his father, who ultimately lost the Kentucky congressional race to GOP business consultant Geoff Davis.
But over time, he said, they grew apart politically, as his father drew closer to his Catholic faith. "Some of that wide angle of liberalism narrowed, and actually formed some friction between the two of us.
It became harder for me to be completely supportive if my father would say, 'They should have a different name for it besides "gay marriage." ' To me, that's one you can't cop out on . . . it made it complicated for us at times, but not complicated enough to not be proud and to not campaign for him," Clooney said.
Both father and son knew the Hollywood connection could be a liability in the campaign. An inveterate letter writer who still uses an electric typewriter because George likes to feel the imprint of the keys on paper, Geogre fired off a letter to the editor of the local paper complaining that Davis had unfairly linked his father with him. "I said my father had earned the right to be judged on his own merits, not mine . . . If you have questions about where he stands, ask him. He'll tell you. But don't use me as a weapon against him."
Recently, George's new feature, "Good Night, and Good Luck," won best screenplay for Clooney and Grant Heslov and best actor honors for David Strathairn this month, September at the Venice Film Festival and will open the New York Film Festival on September 23rd. It will be released in the U.S. on Oct. 7.
The quote, "Good Night, and Good Luck," was written by Edward R. Murrow during the journalist's famed 1954 confrontation with communist hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy: "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty"; "Accusations are not proof"; "If we dig deep in our history and doctrine, we know we are not descended from fearful men."
Clooney, 44, grew up hearing his father, Nick Clooney, a former Kentucky anchorman, hold up Murrow as a hero. At a time when television was in its infancy, Murrow took on McCarthy on the CBS news program "See It Now," first through stories about individual victims of the McCarthy hearings and later through editorials that exposed the senator's scaremongering tactics. He offered McCarthy equal time, and then found himself forced to refute charges that he was a communist sympathizer.
The broadcasts ultimately put McCarthy in a spotlight that is acknowledged to be the beginning of his downfall. Murrow became, as Barbara Cochran, president of the Radio Television News Directors Assn., put it, "a tremendous symbol for all television-radio journalists of what the very best practices and standards can be." More About The Movie

• • 02At the time of the Kentucky election campaign,
George raised $200,000 for his dad's campaign at his home in Studio City, Calif., after jokingly promising that he would put on a toga and wash the car of everybody who contributed $500.
And just last weekend, George got on a private jet and flew into Kentucky for a whirlwind weekend of fund-raising. When he left, his dad's campaign was another $200,000 richer.
But that hefty dose of Hollywood star power might actually be hurting Nick's chances in this ultra-conservative suburban district, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
"George's involvement is really a mixed bag for his father," says Patrick Crowley, who's covering the campaign for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"On the one hand, he can raise a lot of money. But the Republicans are going to hammer Nick with the liberal thing."
The actor famously called George W. Bush "dim" in a GQ interview and told Charlie Rose that the war in Iraq was "the dumbest thing my country could have done."
That's why the race has been dubbed "Hollywood vs. the heartland."
Nick's opponent, who will be chosen in a three-way Republican primary this May, will likely emphasize George's left-wing politics, Crowley predicts, even though Nick's are actually more moderate.
Nick, 69, was against the war in Iraq and supports some gun-control measures, but, Crowley says, "he is hardly the flaming, Ted Kennedy type."
Still, it will be tough to convince the people in this 24-county district to vote for a Democrat. They elected nothing but Republicans from the early 1960s to 1998, and only voted for their current congressman, Democrat Ken Lucas, after he successfully painted his opponent as a Christian Coalition extremist.
Lucas, who has pledged that he would only stay in office for six years, is a very conservative Democrat who didn't attend his party's convention in 1999 because of his deep dislike for Al Gore.
He only narrowly defeated manufacturing consultant Geoff Davis in his 2002 re-election bid - and Davis is currently the front-runner for the Republican slot, ahead of attorney Kevin Murphy and chiropractor John Kelly King.
"It speaks for itself that he's had to turn to Hollywood money this early," sniffs Davis. "We raised the money the old-fashioned way."
But Bob Doyle, Clooney's campaign consultant, laughed off Davis' criticism.
"[Davis] really needs to get a handle on his own candidacy," he said, adding that the district's voters expect a candidate's son to be involved in the race.
"We're not going to apologize for it."
Nick has plenty of name recognition in his own right - as a broadcast journalist, newspaper columnist and TV talk show host.
But George's fame is on a completely different level - making it the great intangible in his father's race.
"In 15 years of political reporting, I've never seen anything quite like this," Crowley says.
"I'm getting all these women asking me about the race, saying 'Isn't it exciting?' and 'Isn't George handsome?'
"The George factor will definitely have an effect on the race," Crowley adds. "The Republicans are spooked about it."


3. Editor's Recap - CASH FOR CLOONEY
By Patrick Crowley, Cincinnati Enquirer - 2/5/04

Democrat Nick Clooney raised $53,168 for the 4th Congressional District campaign, according to his Federal Election Commission finance report, which covers the last three months of 2003.
Clooney trails Republicans Geoff Davis ($203,708) and Kevin Murphy ($73,193) in fourth-quarter fund-raising. But Eric Gentry, Clooney's campaign consultant, pointed out that Clooney - who didn't enter the race until the last week of November - raised the cash in just five days of making phone calls in December.
And unlike the GOP, Clooney and the Democrats are not facing a contested primary in May.
Incumbent Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, is not seeking re-election.
Topping Clooney's donor list is his son, actor George Clooney, who gave his dad $4,000 - $2,000 for the primary cycle and $2,000 for the general election.

Clooney courts voters in bid for Kentucky congressional seat
by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press - 12/20/03 / Political newcomer Nick Clooney needed no introduction as he shook hands with people hunched over steaming breakfast plates at the Farmhouse restaurant (in Bedford, KY).
His face, once a fixture as a Cincinnati television news anchor, was familiar to the regulars chewing over issues between bites of eggs and sausage.
"I knew him since I walked in the door, and I had never met him before," said Richard Ginn, a real estate appraiser and tobacco farmer.
The 69-year-old Democrat and father of actor George Clooney looked at ease as he cultivated support in his bid for the seat held by Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman, Ken Lucas, who is retiring.
Impeccably dressed in suit and tie, the silver-haired Clooney greeted people with his smooth, baritone voice while making the rounds at the small cafe. His wife, Nina, also chatted up customers.
"I've been doing this all my life," Clooney said later. "You start off talking to make them feel a little more comfortable. And then you shut up. And then they start really telling you stuff."
Clooney heard about health care, the decline of tobacco and an Ohio River bridge up the road that residents want replaced.
Clooney also flashed a quick wit. He teased one woman for bringing a banana to slice into her cereal. Squatting down to eye level with a man eating breakfast, Clooney said he did so just to prove he still could.
"You have to take what you do seriously, but you can't take yourself seriously," he said.
Two Republicans are running for the seat - Geoff Davis, a Boone County business consultant who lost to Lucas in 2002, and Kevin Murphy, an Erlanger attorney.
Lucas is honoring a term limit pledge by retiring. He recruited Clooney, a native of Maysville who now lives in Augusta and who bears one of the region's best-known names.
Actor George Clooney is his son. The late singer-actress Rosemary Clooney was his sister. Nick Clooney also is a former newspaper columnist and was host on the cable network American Movie Classics.
Clooney, so far the only Democrat in the race, is bracing for a tough fight in a district that traditionally has been a Republican stronghold.
Lucas was the first Democrat in three decades to represent the conservative district that snakes along the Ohio River from the West Virginia line nearly to Louisville and takes in much of the northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati.
Michael Baranowski, a Northern Kentucky University political science professor, considers Davis the front-runner in next year's election.
Baranowski said Davis lost a close election to Lucas because he had trouble differentiating himself from the incumbent, a conservative who often voted with Republicans. Davis should have an easier time separating himself from Clooney, Baranowski said.
Also, President Bush is popular in the district, and Republicans are expected to pour money into the race in hopes of picking up a seat.
Clooney's inexperience also could play a role, Baranowski said.
"Like all first-time candidates in a race that's going to be high profile, he's going to make some mistakes," Baranowski said. "And he doesn't have much margin for error."
Clooney calls himself a "commonsense Democrat" stressing health care, jobs, veterans issues and a proposed buyout of tobacco quotas.
He opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger. He supports a Medicare prescription-drug benefit, but thinks the measure that passed Congress will be a boon to drug and insurance companies but a disappointment to seniors.
He said the Bush tax cuts created a huge deficit and that he would target tax cuts to those in need. "Why are we continuing to empower those who don't need our help, and not empower, more, those who do?" Clooney said.
Clooney said he supported the military strike against Afghanistan to root out terrorists but was an early critic of the war in Iraq.
"I didn't think we had reason enough to send 300,000 kids over there in harm's way without enough evidence of the weapons of mass destruction being there," Clooney said.
Having already committed U.S. troops, however, he said the Bush administration must finish the job and establish democracy in Iraq.
For 15 years, Clooney's opinions were displayed in his columns, published three times weekly in The Cincinnati Post.
He expects Republicans to pore over his columns looking for opinions to exploit. Clooney said his columns criticized Republicans and Democrats alike.
"If I posed questions in my column and raised controversial positions, that was my job," he said. "I was to engender conversation over the supper table."
Davis said the GOP would "thoroughly review all of his positions."
"The one rule in politics is you're always accountable for what you say," Davis said.
Clooney said his son's role in the campaign would likely consist of limited public appearances, but said George would "win by acclamation" if his name were on the ballot.
In a statement, George Clooney said of his father: "There isn't a person who has dedicated more of his life and career to the citizens of Kentucky, and I couldn't be more proud of him."
However, if George Clooney assumes a role in the campaign, his own political views could become an issue, Murphy said.
"If Mr. Clooney decides to make his son an issue in the campaign, he will have to live with the positions and the statements of his son, who has succumbed to the Hollywood liberalism that is very far removed from Midwest values," Murphy said.
Davis, who has campaigned almost nonstop since losing to Lucas, played down Clooney's connections to the entertainment world.
"I think the celebrity candidacies can be overplayed," he said.
Murphy and Davis said the GOP has a political star interested in the race.
"There is another George who is a whole lot more popular in the 4th District of Kentucky, and that's George W. Bush," Davis said.



4 ByLines: Clooney's personal views through his columns:
• The environment: "All those conservationists and environmentalists and tree huggers were right. The regulations they have called for and nagged about for a couple of generations are working. Our countryside is coming back to life." -- Jan. 9, 1995.
• Social Security: "Social Security is not a welfare program. It is not a handout. Why is it being lumped with welfare?" -- March 10, 1993.
• Capital punishment: "I'm against the death penalty." -- April 27, 1992.
• Religion in schools: "Faith flowers in the home, the church, the religious school and, most of all, in the deepest recesses of the human heart. With respect, I submit it has no place in the curriculum of public schools of a boisterous and diverse democracy." -- Aug. 23, 1999.
• Tobacco lawsuits: "Suing tobacco companies for damage we have done to our own lungs by our own decision to smoke is, in my view, a frivolous and unjust exercise -- Neither tobacco companies nor ads nor stores with cigarette machines make us smoke." -- March 1, 1995.
• Bill Clinton: "President Clinton's dreams of greatness will founder, not on any perceived 'character' issue. His historical reputation will sink, in my opinion, on the boulder of indecision." -- May 1, 1998.
• Ken Lucas: "U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas is many things -- all of which, as far as I am aware, are good -- He listens well, he is energetic and certainly committed to public service. What he is not is a Democrat.'' -- April 21, 2001.
• Jim Bunning, who called Bill Clinton "amoral" and "despicable": "Both men are struggling with public and private responsibilities -- But at the moment, only one of the two is speaking like an adult. Jim Bunning is still throwing at the batter and calling it winning." -- Sept. 24, 1993.
• The media: "Reporters are often more interested in their questions than anyone's answers." -- April 22, 1996

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