Heiner and Crosbie's opening message: Ky. needs business sense in governor's office

03/04/2014 11:13 AM

Staking out the position of Frankfort outsiders, Louisville developer Hal Heiner and former Lexington councilwoman K.C. Crosbie officially became the first ticket in the 2015 governor’s race Tuesday.

Heiner sought to contrast himself from Day 1 with Democratic — and Republicans — who have spent much of their careers in Frankfort, saying they have allowed Kentucky to be mired in mediocrity in areas of business competitiveness and education.

“Too many in Frankfort have put themselves first — defending the status quo, holding us back, while completely ignoring the best interests of the state we love,” Heiner said during his 10-minute kick-off speech at Star Manufacturing, a metal stamping company.

Here’s his full speech:

Crosbie echoed her running mate’s theme. And she praised Heiner for being a self-made success, working a janitorial job to himself through college. Heiner began his career as a civil engineer with NTS in Louisville before striking out on his own to form a real estate and development company. Once the Commerce Crossings development near the Jefferson County-Bullitt County line took off, Heiner developed another industrial park in southern Indiana, River Ridge.

Here’s Crosbie’s remarks:

No Republican legislators or former statewide officials attended the kick-off, but among the more than 200 people who packed into part of the factory floor were former Lexington councilmen Bill Cegelka and Richard Moloney, both of whom are running for council again this year. And former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John Roach and Daniel Groves, the former chief of staff to Gov. Ernie Fletcher, also attended wearing Heiner-Crosbie tickets. Roach ran the 2002 Lexington mayoral campaign for Crosbie’s husband, Scott.

_(Watch tonight’s edition of Pure Politics for more coverage and analysis). _

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