Freshman lawmaker taking in the sights of Derby, picks Patch to win Run for the Roses

05/06/2017 03:30 PM

The sun had just broken through overcast skies as freshman Rep. Matt Castlen took in his first Kentucky Derby since joining the General Assembly.

“This is just a proud moment to be a Kentuckian here because you look at all the people from all over the world coming to an event here in Louisville,” Castlen said. “It’s pretty neat.”

The Maceo Republican said Patch, the one-eyed horse, is his pick to win it all.

“That horse got a lot of attention, and losing an eye, it would just be neat to see it win,” he said.

With a special session on the horizon this fall, Castlen says he’s in favor of moving to a more consumption-based tax plan.

“To me, consumption-based tax, if you’re spending, you’re paying, if you’re being conservative, you’re not, so I think the individual that’s spending the money, it’s their choice what they spend it on.”

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