Barr, Chao announce TIGER grant in Frankfort; Avoid talking Blankenship

05/04/2018 04:28 PM

FRANKFORT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao appeared alongside U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in at Second Street School in Frankfort to announce a grant to redevelop the street in the state’s capital city.

Barr faces a tough re-election bid this year, as Democrats battle it out for the nomination to challenge the Republican in the swing district. The Lexington Congressman has brought other high level officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, to hold policy summits and make announcements with him this year.

On Friday, Barr and Chao announced the $8 million TIGER grant for the Second Street project, which was awarded in part because of matching money from the state and city, Chao said.

Chao told an audience of elementary students and Frankfort officials that 452 eligible grant applications were received and only 41 selected. Chao lauded the work of Barr in securing the funding. The city of Frankfort gave $3.2 million, the state Transportation Cabinet kicked in $750,000, and the Frankfort Plant Board gave $425,000 for the project, according to the city commissioner.

It’s unusual for the US Secretary of Transportation to personally deliver an $8 million grant for a community project. However, Barr said there wasn’t anything unusual about this trip from Chao.

The trip comes not only amid the midterm elections, but as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chao are being drug into the political fray by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship in the West Virginia primary. Blankenship has unleashed what some say are racist attacks on Chao, and her family and dubbed McConnell “cocaine Mitch” in ads.

Chao refused to speak to several reporters after the event. Barr also sought to dodge questions on Blankenship when asked following the speech.

Nick Storm

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  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on May 05, 2018 08:28 AM :

    Nick Storm wrote, “… as Democrats battle it out for the nomination to challenge the Republican in the swing district.”

    That’s accurate, as far as it goes. I call Amy McGrath (D-Neocon) a war criminal in every speech I make, and she always ignores my accusation. McGrath has been too cowardly to debate me on the topic of U.S. Government war crimes since August, 2017. She is morally unfit to represent the 6th Congressional District in Washington. All Democrats who vote for a war criminal should be ashamed of themselves.

    The other Democrats who have stated that McGrath (D-Neocon) is not a war criminal know nothing about international law. Conclusion: Ted Green (D-Neocon), Crooked Jim (D-Neocon) and Crooked Reggie (D-Neocon) are all too ignorant about foreign policy to represent the 6th District in Washington.

    I’ll never stop running against pro-war neocons, war criminals such as Amy McGrath, and primary-election-rigging crooks such as Jim Gray, Reggie Thomas, and Crooked Amy.

    I’m the only peace candidate in the May 22 primary. Please check out my web site at

  • Don B. wrote on May 06, 2018 10:00 PM :

    Gooff Young says he’ll “never stop running” . . . I say, when did he ever start running? Somebody paid his filing fee, then he hasn’t been seen since. He pops off on websites, while eating Cheetos in bed.

    Bon appetit Gooff Young!

  • Ed Jessup wrote on May 06, 2018 10:09 PM :

    Republicans still like to give away pork barrel spending, even after they’ve cut taxes and raised the deficit by over $1 trillion.

    The GOP cuts taxes, then spends money they don’t have, then when a Democrat is in office, they complain about the deficit.

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