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Got a tad more than $2.3 billion? That's the current "bid" on eBay for the "KY STATE CAPITOL, GOVERNOR AND HIS GA FRIENDS."

Buy Your Governor

The spoof is aimed at Matt Bevin, the Bluegrass State's GOP governor, and Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly. They rule the roost in Frankfort, Kentucky's capital.

The offer is evidently gone from the popular Internet auction site. Or it might not have actually been posted. But the folks at Friends of Labor preserved the gag for posterity. Click here.

The sale looks like the real deal. It is complete with a color photo of the Capitol, a seller handle--"carpetbaggerbevin"-- an offer for free standard shipping and a returns policy: "Buyer pays to have seller returned to New Hampshire." Bevin grew up in the Granite State.

"Somebody has put Matt Bevin and [Senate Majority Floor Leader] Damon Thayer up for sale on eBay," FOL explains. "It looks like the Koch brothers are the high bidder but the reserve hasn’t been met. We don’t care to deliver but we have a strict no return policy."

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The sale looks like the real deal. It is complete with a color photo of the Capitol, a seller handle--"carpetbaggerbevin"-- an offer for free standard shipping and a returns policy: "Buyer pays to have seller returned to New Hampshire." Bevin grew up in the Granite State.

Anyway, the winning bidder can expect delivery "on or before Tue. Nov. 6." That's election day for the whole state House and half the Senate.

The Republicans enjoy a 27-11 majority in the Senate and a 63-37 edge in the House.

The phony sale looks like a followup to a constitutional amendment proposed by a pair of Louisville Democratic state representatives. It would "vest all legislative power in ALEC, the Koch Brothers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce."

Berry Craig

Mary Lou Marzian and Jim Wayne's aim was to use humor to make a serious point: With a right-wing, union-busting GOP governor and like-minded Republican majorities in the state House and Senate, pro-business and anti-labor groups already call the shots.

Berry Craig

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