Sen. Shaughnessy: “It was a pure publicity stunt.”


Tim Shaughnessy, the Senator behind the bill for UK and UofL to play every year, made an appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to talk about his proposed legislation. Matt Jones stepped away from the microphone — something he rarely does — and gave Sen. Shaughnessy the open airwaves to explain the bill.

“It was a pure publicity stunt.”

That’s it. Nothing to see here.

He said the UK vs. UofL annual game requirement was only included in an effort to draw attention to the bill, and it will be removed going forward.

So, there ya go. It was all for attention.

Have a listen…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 responses to “Sen. Shaughnessy: “It was a pure publicity stunt.””

  1. nolablue

    Why would this bill need “publicity” in the first place?

  2. Jones Returns

    A politician lied…how again is this news

  3. best1978

    Ain’t it just wonderful that our elected representatives clown around with us like that? A joke bill. Really?

  4. ryan

    Shaughnessy? I thought that was that Boston radio dude.

  5. the Big Dog

    Hopefully the voters will remember this stunt.

  6. The Cheese

    It drew attention all right. It drew attention to the fact this man is an idiot. But hey, he is a Louisville grad. What else would you expect?

  7. jack

    …..and suppose it isn’t? I believe this clown about as far as I could throw him.

  8. WestWorld

    Probably drunk on Guinness when he wrote it.

  9. Brian

    So Cats Pause tweeted something about big recruiting news for UK…. VIP only…. anyone have any idea?

  10. Tobias Funke

    Cat’s Pause?? Is it 2001?

  11. FatCat

    People are obviously confused. It wasn’t a joke bill or included to draw publicity to him personally. It was designed to draw attention to the bill he was introducing. It probably took an extra 30 seconds to include a provision that UK and U of L have to play one another but got the bill hours of extra attention.

    The idea was genius. It got people to talk about an education bill that otherwise would have gone completely unnoticed. As he said on the radio, the last time he introduced it, it never even got voted on.

  12. nolablue

    What I understood from Senator Tim is that no one would pay attention to his bill in years
    past, so he did this to “draw publicity” to the bill.

    But did he ever stop to think the problem wasn’t lack of publicity, the problem is that the
    bill deals with an issue which doesn’t need to be a government issue?

    He seemed like a nice enough man, but he doesn’t seem to “get it” that it is even
    possible people just don’t want his bill, and lack of publicity was not the problem.

    Why should schools have to answer to the government in regards to how many people
    graduate from the school? Shouldn’t the free market ultimately decide that? If a school
    is horrible *cough cough*KSU*cough cough* they will have people stop going there;
    the school won’t have any money, and they’ll close down.

    Anyway, it seems like Senator Tim’s bill is redundant. Does not the state and Fed. govt
    already involve itself in accreditation (sp?) where they check how many people
    graduate vs. how many people start out as freshman? Maybe no one wants to have
    a hearing on his bill, because it’s overkill.

  13. The Cheese

    10 – maybe he should write a better bill then. You are saying he is so inept, his bills aren’t worthy based on merit. Yeah, he sure is a genius.

  14. bung

    i only vote for richie…

  15. DavenderCatTheSequel

    Many states have enacted laws to ensure that these games get played no matter what. This guy wanted the same thing. He wasn’t joking, joshing, kidding, etc. He was serious until it garnered the reaction he didn’t want. Only then did he become the merry prankster.

  16. T.J.

    Maybe Shaughnessy isn’t really a last name, but rather a way to identify stupid people.

  17. Floyd the Barber

    I think he sounded suspiciously like John Short……..
    “Kentucky’s gonna win by 22 biggun’s!”

  18. JessieT

    It’s like when Bob Dole attached the everyone must be naked when grocery shopping provision to that bill about tampering with the natural habitat of the Colorado Potato Beetle

  19. We R UK

    13) I agree with you. He sounded like a typical politician to me. And of course he just HAD to get a couple of digs in about UK…i.e. the Christian Laettner comment and the Wes Unseld reference. SMH He can’t be trusted. But then, what person connected to U of L can???

  20. Whoofarted

    Fatcat probably has his panties in a wad because he his a Poli sci degree from Murray st – which makes him an undisputed political expert.

    I contend that people are not talking about the rest of this bill. It was more of a: “man I hear our state legislature is trying to make a law about uk having to play ul every year” “no way” “yea man it’s focking crazy” “oh nevermind, it was just a joke” “wow, what a bunch of focking idiots”

    Perhaps fatcats time would be better served reminding our state representatives that we are broke.

  21. Michael

    His last name should be Shenanigans instead.

  22. Liberty Tree

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  23. MCStayUpLate

    20. Who did you want me to vote for again? I forgot…

  24. Cousins Fake Teeth

    Right. It was a serious bill, and got so much backlash at it, trying to save face, calling it a publicity stunt.

    #20, and who in their right mind would vote for that idiot.

  25. Thanks for my refund Fan outfitters

    Think Matt would have done the same if it was a republican?

  26. yeah first

    bull hockey! He put in in there and thought all the fans would say great…yes. But it backfired and he went into damage control and said it was a joke……..either way…. he is still a politician.

  27. Ron Paul Trolling

    It’s pretty obvious that anyone who screams Ron Paul in all caps is a troll trying to make RP’s supporters look bad. This bill is exactly the type of of garbage that we supporters of Ron Paul dislike. It’ll create a committee to analyze public education and spend more money, while doing nothing to really fix our education system. It’s a publicity stunt to put a band-aid on a broken system.

    #22: Someone that wants peace, smaller government, spending to be back down to early 2000s levels (is that really so much to ask?), and to get rid of useless departments like the Department of Education should not be considered idiotic in this country. Why is it that all of a sudden the DoE is considered necessary? It’s been around for just a few decades now, and our education has done nothing but declined in that time. No Child Left Behind is also a terrible bill. There are so many other wasteful government programs that need to be cut. Why are we all around the world? Is it possibly because we’re propping up our “prosperity” with modern day imperialism and new age mercantilism (instead of siphoning the wealth from other countries, we take their natural resources and labor in exchange for our inflated currency that is basically forced onto everyone else via the IMF).

    You call Ron Paul an idiot. Let’s take a look at who he’s up against. Rick Santorum is a super social conservative that would try to usher in the American version of Shariah law. That seems pretty idiotic to me – separation of church and state is a good thing, no? Mitt Romney is a big government Republican that is pro abstinence education (which is putting your head in the sand), against gay marriage (while Ron Paul wants to get the Federal government out of marriage), pro individual mandate (Obama health care will most certainly go through if he is elected, a monstrosity of a bill that is only supported by the most hard-line Democrats that can’t see the trees for the forest, ignoring the details of the bill that is basically a huge gift to big pharmaceutical companies and forces Americans that aren’t considered “poor” but nonetheless can’t afford insurance to buy insurance!), and pro patriot act (let’s just give up on the Bill of Rights altogether, shall we?). He’s basically a slightly more socially conservative Barack Obama, and I doubt he will make any major cuts to Federal Spending if elected. Gingrich received millions of dollars from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – how is he trustworthy at all?

    I find all of those candidates idiotic, and it’s unfortunate that some people have misconceptions due to a small minority of those that like to troll, and also due to misconceptions about the cause and effect of many of our social, economic, and international problems that arise in this country. Ron Paul is an intelligent man that knows how to have intellectual discourse on all of these subjects, and doesn’t resort to talking points to get his position across.

  28. Maurice

    This senator is not running for re-election so i guess he doesnt really care all that much…………….FYI Ron Paul is a nut case

  29. Rondoformvp

    hahah that’s one of my good friends dad, he’s actually a really good guy when I have met him, so idk

  30. tyrus

    If you live in Kentucky and have gone through aggressive chemo for months because of cancer, then you’ll greatly appreciate Ron Paul’s stance on the current medical marijuana laws. For those who have remained cancer free in their lives, good for you. I unfortunately have not been so lucky. Sure plenty of folks are abusing the medical marijuana laws in states like California but it’s way past time. The laws need to be changed for all states. http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-06-23/ron-paul-end-marijuana-prohibition-now/

  31. Aaron

    he looks oddly similarly to Mark Wahlberg

  32. RickyPRetirementTour

    He did a tv interview a week ago on Louisville tv, and said that the bill involving UK-UL was patterned after one in Texas that involves Texas-TexasA&M, he never talked about the tracking of students part of the bill. But now since everyone is giving him crap about it he says he was not serious?

  33. flipisatrip

    they should play every year. why the hell wouldn’t they?

  34. hydrobeaver

    Is this man the love child of coach cal and mitch barnhart