Galbraith turns in 7,396 signatures to be on ballot, says status quo won't change Ky.

07/21/2011 12:14 PM

FRANKFORT — Even though this is his fifth bid to get elected Kentucky’s governor, independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith forgot to bring his campaign treasurer with him on Thursday to sign his official paperwork and turn in the required 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Oops?

He was told by secretary of state officials that the treasurer could sign later in the day.

But Galbraith didn’t forget the signatures, and in fact turned in enough to give him a cushion in case some of the signatures turned out to be invalid. Galbraith has spent the last few months collecting signatures at political events of both major parties, parades and even tea party rallies — and turned in 7,396.

Once the secretary of state declares Galbraith and his running mate Dea Riley an official slate on the Nov. 8 ballot, that should get them invited to the many debates and forums held between now and November. (Galbraith was left out of Wednesday’s Kentucky Farm Bureau forum featuring Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican David Williams because Galbraith wasn’t officially a candidate yet.)

So what does Galbraith’s presence in the race mean for Beshear and Williams?

Galbraith said it means there is a candidate in the race that can truly say his candidacy will not be more of the same.

Galbraith’s best line of the day came when he said Beshear and Williams are campaigning on making new and big changes in Kentucky, when they are incumbents and essentially part of the problem.

Here are highlights of the the sights and sounds of Galbraith filing his paperwork:

Galbraith previously ran for governor in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2007 and ran for attorney general in 2003.

- Video and reporting by Lanny Brannock

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