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.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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