At 4th Dist. dinner, Moore says Norquist cleared park tax, Massie says he won't take pension

04/23/2012 07:45 AM

Republican congressional candidate Gary Moore announced Saturday that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform ruled a 2008 parks tax proposal he supported not to be a tax increase, while fellow candidate Thomas Massie pledged he wouldn’t accept a congressional pension, if elected.

Those two made the most news at Saturday’s 4th Congressional District Lincoln Day Dinner at the Airport Marriott in Hebron.

Facing a dining hall full of top activists and donors, Moore also said his campaign had finished its first ad — and joked that Congressman Geoff Davis wasn’t in it. That’s a reference to the controversial ad that Massie aired three weeks ago showing Davis giving a floor speech in the U.S House about him.

But Moore, the Boone County judge-executive, was clearly most eager to announce that over the weekend, Americans for Tax Reform ruled that the 2008 park tax proposal was revenue neutral because the measure Moore and two other commissioners supported called for lowering other county taxes while increasing taxes for county parks.

Meanwhile, Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, pledged that he wouldn’t take a congressional pension if he’s elected. Massie has positioned himself as a tea party favorite and has lined up support from many early backers of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

More than half of the seven Republican candidates in the race paid homage to retiring Congressman Geoff Davis for whom they each hope to succeed. That includes Alecia Webb-Edgington, the state representative from Fort Wright.


Marcus Carey, a Northern Kentucky lawyer and former 4th congressional district candidate, focused the issue portion of his five-minute speech on protecting seniors by preserving Medicare. Carey later said he was aiming that criticism at Republican budget chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, whose budget proposal includes a plan to revamp Medicare by turning into a voucher-like program.

Wurtz, meanwhile, countered that the biggest threat to the country the pervasiveness of uneducated voters. And he said compromise has gotten the country nowhere. “How is the consensus building working in Washington?” Wurtz asked rhetorically.

“Pretty good in my view,” Davis yelled out from the first table.

Later, Wurtz told reporters, “That was the first time I was ever heckled by a sitting congressman.”

Walt Schumm, a developer from Oldham County and a member of the school board there, called for building relationships in Congress and reaching across the aisle — a sentiment that Davis, himself, later talked at length about.

Brian Oerther, a Jefferson County alternative school teacher who lives in Oldham County, gave the shortest speech of group, finishing in less than half of the time


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