Steve Pence says Conway ad 'reeks of desperation,' Farmer's Caribbean trip was a mistake

10/21/2010 07:21 PM

Former Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, a Republican, said he’s supporting GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul because he believes Paul will shake up Congress.

But he acknowledged that some of Paul’s comments — particularly about the epidemic of drug abuse — signals that Paul still has some learning to do.

“I’m not sure he’s up to speed on all the issues,” Pence said.

He also wasn’t impressed with Democratic candidate Jack Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad that has commanded national attention, saying he was concerned Conway “would be remembered and not in a good way” for that commercial.

“It reeks of, number one, desperation, and, in this particular case, poor judgement,” Pence said.

Pence also explained why he is backing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in his 2011 re-election bid. And he said he wasn’t convinced yet that the Republican slate of David Williams — the state Senate president — and Richie Farmer — the agriculture commissioner and former University of Kentucky — had the GOP nomination wrapped up.

And Pence was critical of Farmer’s decision to go on a taxpayer funded trip to the Virgin Islands for a national conference this summer amid the recession. That trip and it’s price tag was reported this week by John Cheves in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Here’s the interview:

- Ryan Alessi


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