Beshear's transportation announcement tour continues in competitive House districts

10/29/2014 06:05 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear has expanded his positive economic development tour through three competitive House districts, adding stops in Dawson Springs, Glasgow and Hodgenville Thursday.

Beshear appeared alongside state Reps. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, and Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, for various transportation announcements Wednesday. His office sent advisories for similar announcements Thursday with, among others, state Reps. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, and Terry Mills, D-Lebanon.

Beshear is scheduled to kick off the day in Dawson Springs with Gooch and three others at 9:30 a.m. to present funding for a project further linking the city with Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, according to a press release.

Last year’s sexual harassment scandal has snaked its way into Gooch’s race against Republican Dianne Mackey, who released an ad using footage from an interview with Pure Politics in which Gooch details how a woman’s underwear wound up in his pocket.

Beshear will then travel to Glasgow for an 11:30 a.m. press conference with Bell and four others to announce funding for a replacement bridge to carry Roseville Road over the South Fork of Beaver Creek.

Bell’s race against Republican Jeff Jobe has also featured a number nasty attacks, with Jobe and the Republican Party of Kentucky denouncing the use of Jobe’s personal information in a direct mail piece noting his arrest on drunk driving charges. Jobe has labeled Bell as an extreme liberal in advertising, and the Republican State Leadership Committee has entered the race noting Bell’s record as an attorney as well as his failure to pay a $250,000 tax lien.

Beshear will wrap up the day at 2 p.m. in Hodgenville with Mills and three others, where he will announce safety improvements to KY 470. Mills was among Democrats targeted by the RSLC.

The governor’s decision to make these announcements days before the Nov. 4 elections has drawn the ire of RPK Chairman Steve Robertson, who said “Kentucky voters should be outraged” in a statement Wednesday.

“Apparently buying votes in Kentucky is illegal except when the one trying to close the deal is the Democrat governor using public money,” Robertson said in the statement. “This is wrong and represents the sleight of hand leadership we have come to expect but should no longer accept. I would encourage the voters to see the pandering for what it really is, and recognize that their Governor is using their money to prop up puppets for a liberal agenda of higher taxes, expanded debt, government run health care, and environmental policies that are choking the life out of businesses all across the Commonwealth.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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