Andy Barr pleasantly surprised about evening speaking role at GOP convention Monday

08/20/2012 12:42 PM

Andy Barr, like many Republican candidates, had requested to take the national stage at the Republican National Convention but wasn’t holding his breath.

Then, on Sunday, Barr got a phone call from the campaign team of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio saying he was officially in. The convention planning commission selected Barr to speak next Monday night — the opening evening of the convention in Tampa, as the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jack Brammer first reported.

Barr will be among the opening acts for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Ann Romney.

Barr, the 6th congressional district Republican challenger, was pleasantly surprised to find out he’d made the stage for a key prime-time slot, said his campaign manager Pat Melton.

The campaign isn’t releasing the topic of Barr’s speech yet.

“Our state has suffered thousands of job losses as a result of ObamaCare, the War on Coal, and other harmful policies from the current Administration. Yet, through the creativity, hard work, and perseverance born of our frontier heritage, Kentuckians have always overcome adversity,” Barr said in a statement.

“I look forward to telling America how the vision of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will enable Kentuckians to dream again – unleashing our limitless potential to create jobs and opportunity,” Barr added in the release.

While Barr will be attending the GOP convention in Tampa, his opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles will be skipping the Democratic National Convention the following week in Charlotte.

Chandler’s campaign team released a statement in response to Barr’s statement on how the vision of Romney/Ryan will allow Kentuckians to “dream again.”

“I’m not sure who Andy Barr has been talking to, but I don’t think many Kentuckians dream of losing their Medicare coverage and gambling their Social Security earnings on the stock market. Maybe Barr should spend some time getting to know the people of the 6th District instead of brushing elbows with party bigwigs and lobbyists in Tampa,” said Chandler’s Campaign Mgr. Eric Nagy in an emailed statement.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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