Beshear and Williams lay groundwork for 2011 campaign messages to local officials

11/18/2010 06:03 PM

Two of next year’s candidates for governor offered a glimpse of their main campaign messages this week while talking to local officials at the Kentucky Association of Counties conference in Louisville.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat who is seeking a second term, and Senate President David Williams, a Burkesville Republican who is running in the GOP primary for governor, both were part of the speaking lineup at the conference at the Galt House.

Beshear used his speech to paint a rosier picture of Kentucky’s economic situation after spending much of the last three years warning of the dire challenges facing the commonwealth:

Williams, who is running on a ticket with Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, used part of his speech to the local officials to highlight his views about protecting the powers of states.

It was the latest example of Williams’ efforts to burnish his credentials with the tea party movement. Concern about the federal government infringing on individuals and states was a theme at tea party rallies throughout the last year.

Williams and Beshear did strike similar chords when talking about one issue: the coal industry.

- Video produced by Kenny Colston

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