In the wake of last minute stalemate, Beshear vs. Williams -- round 2

04/13/2012 04:31 AM

(WITH RAW VIDEO) — Glancing down at handwritten notes, Gov. Steve Beshear sat at the big wooden desk in the governor’s office minutes after the General Assembly adjourned and placed blame on a familiar foe — the man he “whooped” in last year’s governor’s race.

An equally stubborn Senate President David Williams returned the favor in kind, calling Beshear a “small, petty, vindictive individual.”

Each said the other was to blame for the clock running out on the 60-day legislative session without the passage of a road project funding bill and a measure aimed at curbing prescription pill abuse.

Beshear announced that as a result of the inaction, he is calling legislators back starting Monday for an extraordinary legislative session of at least five more days at a cost of more than $60,000 per day.

Watch Beshear’s statement to press shortly after midnight Friday:

Williams, asked for his response, had this to say about Beshear and whether the two were merely re-living last year’s contentious governor’s race that Beshear won by nearly 21 points:

It didn’t stop there.

Williams, in a separate discussion with reporters before the governor’s remarks, also placed some blame on the Democratic-controlled House, but mostly accused Beshear of being “absent.”

And while Beshear said he has no intention in inserting himself into internal Senate leadership politics, he said he believes more of Williams’ fellow Senate Republicans are getting tired of being “dominated” by Williams.


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