Awkward moments: Beshear and Williams tolerate each other's presence, quickly shake hands

03/06/2011 05:26 PM

File this under the category of “Awkward moments of 2011 politics.”

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams — who is running for the GOP nomination to face Beshear in the fall governor’s race — were all but forced to interact last week at the ceremonial bill signing of the corrections system and drug law reform bill.

At Thursday’s bill signing, they avoided talking to each other before the start of the press conference and finally shook hands after Beshear signed the bill.

Take a look:

Beshear and Williams played only supporting roles in the passage of the corrections bill. Republican Sen. Tom Jensen of London, who is the Senate’s Judiciary Committee chairman, served as the Senate’s representative on the seven-member task force that hammered out the guts of the corrections bill last year.

Democratic Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville shepherded the bill through the Democratic-controlled House.

And Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown served as the administration’s point man on the task force.

(Programming note: Brown will be the featured guest on Monday’s edition of Pure Politics at 7 p.m. EST and 11:30 p.m. EST to talk about the effects of the landmark legislation and the work the task force will do in 2011 now that the law has recommissioned it.)

- Ryan Alessi

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