Beshear and Williams cautiously discuss expectations for working together

11/09/2011 05:36 PM

LOUISVILLE — A ribbon cutting ceremony in Louisville turned into a press conference about Gov. Steve Beshear’s next term — starting with his working relationship with the man he just beat, Senate President David Williams.

Beshear held a news conference in Louisville today to help celebrate economic incentives being granted to Louisville business MD2U to help it expand.

While Beshear said he didn’t intend for the MD2U news conference to turn into a post-election news conference, it did anyway. Chief among those questions was about when he would meet with Williams.

Williams mentioned the meeting in his concession speech to Beshear on Tuesday night and Beshear confirmed the offer Wednesday afternoon. But no date has been set nor has the agenda of items to discuss.

With a more than 20-point victory over Williams, Beshear clearly has some political capital to spend.

But the governor said he didn’t plan to set any conditions on his talks with Williams or any other legislative leaders in the future.

In a news conference in his state Senate office, Williams said it would “serve no one” for him and the governor to continue to be at odds, considering that it’s still unclear whether the legislature will have to fill a gap in the current state budget.

And Williams said that his time to criticize the governor ended with the election. But now it’s time for Beshear to present an agenda for Kentucky’s future, he said.

- Video by Kenny Colston in Louisville and Don Weber in Frankfort

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