Geoff Davis urges Republicans not to go 'Back to the Future' in '11

01/24/2011 07:14 PM

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis told northeastern Kentucky Republicans this weekend that the GOP’s grassroots voter turnout effort will carry the day in this fall’s governor’s race and end what he called the era of “Back to the Future.”

Davis served as keynote speaker at the Buffalo Trace Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Saturday in Maysville — one of the earlier Lincoln Day dinners on this year’s circuit. And Davis, a Hebron Republican, said the Democrats represent the old ideas of Frankfort.

“Are we going to look to the past?” Davis asked. “When I look at the faces of many of the people who are in Frankfort, they’re slightly aged versions of the same faces that were there in the 1980s.”

Davis clearly was referring to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running for re-election, and some members of his administration. Beshear served as attorney general from 1979 to ’83 and lieutenant governor from 1983 to 1987.

But the same could also be said for one of the Republican candidates for governor, David Williams of Burkesville.

Williams first won a seat in the state legislature in 1985 — the same year the original “Back to the Future” came out. He moved to the state Senate two years later and rose through the ranks before becoming the first Republican state Senate president in 2000.

Davis also questioned the commitment of another Democrat, Attorney General Jack Conway. Conway, who lost the U.S. Senate race last fall to Republican Rand Paul, announced Friday that he would seek a second term as attorney general, which ended weeks of speculation about his political future.

Davis closed out his speech by referring to the political aftershocks from the Jan. 15 shooting of Arizona Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that critically injured her and killed six.

Officials should not use the shooting as a reason stop meeting with constituents, Davis said.

Many of the Republican candidates running for statewide office this fall also addressed the crowd for three minutes each.

They included gubernatorial candidates Williams as well as Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson, Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool, John Kemper who is running for State Auditor, State treasurer candidate K.C. Crosbie and agriculture commissioner candidates Jamie Comer and Rob Rothenburger.

- Don Weber


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