Galbraith says he's courting everyone from tea partiers to liberals in independent bid

04/08/2011 07:34 AM

Independent candidate for governor Gatewood Galbraith said he can connect with people in the tea party movement who are “disgruntled and looking for something different” as well as liberals who are frustrated with the status quo.

“I’m not a tea partier. I mean, I go to Democratic and Republican rallies, too. I want all their votes,” Galbraith said on Thursday’s edition of Pure Politics. “I want the vote of everybody that’s looking for reasoned change.”

“My running mate and I believe that an independent governor who doesn’t care who gets credit for doing what’s right, stands the best chance of untying that Gordian knot using civility and statesmanship and get the best intentions of both parties to actually work together to solve the problems of Kentucky,” Galbraith said.

He is making his fifth run for governor, but his first as an independent. He ran in 1991, 1995 and 2007 as a Democrat and in 1999 as a Reform Party candidate. In 2003, he ran as an independent for attorney general.

Galbraith said he will never again be part of a political party, he said.

“Totally independent,” he said. “I’m an American and I’m a free man. And that’s my dogma.”

Galbraith described Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear as being “totally ineffectual” in his first term. But that was as critical as he got of Beshear or Republican candidate David Williams, who is running in a three-way primary for the Republican nomination.

A Lexington attorney and long-time advocate for legalizing hemp and medicinal marijuana, Galbraith said he is ahead of where he was in past races.

“They’re actually using my name in the survey. They’ve boycotted me so much, the printed media has, the Courier (Journal) and the (Lexington) Herald-(Leader). They hadn’t even used my survey in anything unless it’s right next to the race,” he said. “I’m ecstatic by five percent. I want to 10 percent by May and 15 to 20 percent by September. And then we’re going to win that.”

Galbraith still espouses some of the defunct Reform Party’s philosophies by describing himself as being fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

“I like the compassion, the traditional compassion of what the Democratic Party is always for. For the downtrodden for the disabled, for the kind of safety net programs that I think that government should take part in,” Galbraith said. “At the same time I like the Republican aspect of smaller government and less taxes.”

Galbraith has also traditionally expressed his support for personal property rights and the Second Amendment.

Galbraith acknowledges he is a perennial candidate because he says Kentucky has perennial problems.

“If the people who had beaten me the first time had actually solved the problems, I wouldn’t have to run again,” Gabraith said. “But they didn’t and they haven’t and they can’t.”

As a defense attorney, Galbraith also gave his take on the new drug law changes and corrections reforms the General Assembly passed earlier this year.

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