Different focuses, not factions, separate 32nd House District candidates Moffett and May

05/18/2014 12:12 PM

The two Republican candidates in an open House seat in Louisville might have different factions of support but have spent most of their efforts trying to steer the conversations on porch stoops to issues and experience rather than labels.

Phil Moffett, who fostered tea party support in his bid for the 2011 GOP nomination for governor, faces Shellie May, who spent more than three years as Jefferson County Republican Party chairman. Both May and Moffett have downplayed the tea party versus establishment theme. They have both been aggressively canvassing the neighborhoods in eastern Jefferson County in their bid to replace Rep. Julie Raque Adams, who is running for state Senate.

Both Moffett and May were invited to a joint interview at cn|2’s Louisville studio, which is in the 32nd House District. Moffett agreed to an interview. May said her schedule working for Republican Metro Councilman Ken Fleming and campaigning didn’t allow for an in studio interview. But she agreed to an interview after an evening going door-to-door.

Since running for governor in the 2011 Republican primary, Moffett has built his political philosophy on a foundation of tax reform, public pension reform and charter schools. He has questioned whether May is as committed to charter schools because she received a campaign donation from a political action committee of Louisville public school teachers, who generally oppose charter schools.

Both May and Moffett say it was a mistake for Gov. Steve Beshear to issue executive orders expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income Kentuckians and to create the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange to match up other uninsured Kentuckians with insurance.

May said she has seen the flaws in the Medicaid system. One of May’s triplets, Patrick, has been on a ventilator his entire life after sustaining injuries during birth. His care has been covered by a Medicaid waiver program for people with developmental disabilities. But May said Patrick was briefly removed from the program for several weeks in 2012 and is skeptical that Medicaid can handle more Kentuckians.

Here’s how they stand on that and other issues, including tax reform, the death penalty, drug issues, charter schools and pension reform:

The winner of Tuesday’s GOP primary will face Democrat Ashely Miller in the general election.


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