Lally supports Bush tax cuts, Boehner for House Republican leadership

08/04/2010 02:06 PM

LOUISVILLE — Todd Lally, the Republican challenger in the 3rd congressional district, said he would support keeping in place tax cuts passed during President George W. Bush’s tenure because those reductions have benefitted his family.

Lally, a UPS pilot, made the comments Wednesday after attending a fund-raiser headlined by U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio. Boehner and other Republican leaders have called for the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which are supposed to expire at the end of December. Some Democrats have balked, however, because they say keeping the cuts would add to the national deficit.

Lally said he would support Boehner to remain as leader of the House Republicans, whether as speaker if the Republicans take control of the chamber after the November election or as minority leader. He said Boehner has a vision for the House that’s “away from that of the Bush Republicans.”

Lally, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, said that the best advice the minority leader gave him was that the seat he’s running for has gone to a Republican before. Anne Northup represented the 3rd District from 1997 through 2006. She lost the 2006 election to Yarmuth.

While fund-raising numbers aren’t yet available, Lally said the event, at the Olmstead event center in St. Matthews, was “standing-room only.” With the majority of his fund-raising over, Lally said his campaign will start going door-to-door in Jefferson County neighborhoods, hoping to spread his message that Yarmuth is too liberal for Louisville.

—Reporting and video produced by Kenny Colston


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