Gary Moore calls out Alecia Webb-Edgington for missing vote on budget to raise money

04/02/2012 12:27 PM

Republican congressional candidate Gary Moore’s campaign accused rival Alecia Webb-Edgington of abandoning her responsibilities as a state lawmaker “to pursue her own political ambitions” by missing key votes last week to raise money.

Webb-Edgington, a Fort Wright Republican who is in her second term as a state representative, wasn’t present Friday at 7:49 p.m. when the House gave final approval to the $19 billion state spending bill by a 81-7 vote and missed all day Thursday in which 11 measures went through the House.

The campaign for Moore, who is the Boone County judge-executive, issued a statement Monday saying Webb-Edgington was more concerned with raising last-minute funds before the federal March 31 campaign finance deadline. The statement said Webb-Edgington traveled to Washington, D.C., on Thursday for campaign related meetings and attended a campaign fundraiser in Shelbyville on Friday night.

“It’s unfortunate that Rep. Webb-Edgington found it more pertinent to campaign in Washington D.C. and in Shelbyville raising money, rather than to do the job the people elected her to do in Frankfort,” Moore’s statement said. “Rep. Webb-Edgington not only missed critical votes during one of the most crucial times in the Kentucky legislative session but most importantly she missed voicing the concerns and interests for her constituents.”

Rick VanMeter, the campaign manager for Webb-Edgington, did not dispute Moore’s account of Webb-Edgington’s whereabouts.

But he said Webb-Edgington cast her votes on the legislation she missed on Thursday when she returned to Frankfort on Friday and plans to register a vote in opposition to the budget when the General Assembly reconvenes April 12.

“All of the proper paperwork was filed, and none of these votes would have changed the outcome of the bills in question,” VanMeter said in a statement. “While Alecia has been outspoken about where she stands on the issues, it is clear that Judge Moore is desperate to distract from his record of pushing for tax increases, increasing sewer rates, and his lackluster resume.”

Moore said Webb-Edgington’s missed vote on the budget bill on Friday is an example of hypocrisy because one of the planks of Webb-Edgington’s platform has been to promote a petition to urge Congress to either pass a federal budget or forfeit their pay.

“Sign my petition now and help send a message to Washington that if they can’t do their jobs, they should not be paid!” Webb-Edgington’s campaign website says.

But the voting issue highlights one of Webb-Edgington’s biggest challenges in running in the 4th Congressional District Republican primary as a sitting lawmaker.

The General Assembly has been in session almost every day since January 3 — only two weeks after incumbent Congressman Geoff Davis announced he wouldn’t run again prompting Webb-Edgington, Moore and five other Republicans to jump in the race.

Plus, the legislature initially was supposed to be on hiatus for the governor to consider vetoes starting March 29 — the day Webb-Edgington went to Washington. But legislative leaders altered the calendar after canceling two legislative days earlier in the spring.

In addition to Webb-Edgington and Moore, the GOP primary includes Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, lawyer Marcus Carey, business consultant Tom Wurtz, Oldham County School Board member Walt Schumm and teacher Brian Oerther.


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