Ky. Democrats poke fun of GOP gubernatorial ticket with TV, not on TV
09/25/2011 07:49 PM
LOUISVILLE — Normally, television is the medium to carry political messages. But the Kentucky Democratic Party is making a television the symbol for its message against the Republican gubernatorial ticket.
At its statewide Democratic Party dinner Saturday, party officials made a TV the centerpiece of its attacks against Republican candidate David Williams and his running mate Richie Farmer.
A state-purchased $17,000 flat screen TV was included in 2006 renovations to Williams’ legislative office. It later moved to the Senate chamber to replace the projector system, and Williams spent his own money for a TV to take its place in his office. And the Courier-Journal reported last week that Farmer approved the Agriculture Department’s purchase of two TVs that cost more than $4,000 for meeting rooms.
Louisville Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth served as emcee of the event. And he opened by joking that although he’s well off — worth more than $3.85 million — he never spent that much on an entertainment system.
“Cathy, we don’t have a TV that cost $17,000, do we?” he jokingly asked his wife.
The party ended the dinner fundraiser by auctioning off a new 60-inch flat screen TV. Adam Edelen, the Democratic candidate for auditor, served as auctioneer. After a few rounds of bidding, starting at $500, the TV went to Sharron Oxendine, president of the Kentucky Education Association, for $900.
Gov. Steve Beshear didn’t reference televisions in his remarks. He also didn’t mention Williams by name. But he delivered one of his most direct criticisms of Williams and the Republicans that he has to date.
“We need to whip this bunch as bad as they’ve ever been whipped. We need to send a strong message folks,” he said.
Specifically, he compared Williams to what he called the “dysfunction” of Congress.
“If my opponent were elected governor, we would have the same dysfunctional government as we have in D.C. right now. You know it and I know it,” Beshear told the crowd of about 150. “It is time to end the politics of obstruction. It is time to end the politics of division. It is time to end the politics of stalemate … and make this state what it can be.”
The dinner at the Galt House in Louisville had seats for 300. But only about half were filled. Of course, the dinner started at 7 p.m. — the same time as the kickoff of the University of Kentucky game against the University of Florida.
-Reporting and video production by Ryan Alessi.
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