Louisville Tea Party endorses Phil Moffett for GOP nomination for governor

03/29/2011 05:12 PM

LOUISVILLE — Phil Moffett, the professed tea party candidate for governor, snared the backing of the Louisville Tea Party on Tuesday, making it his second endorsement from a tea party group this week.

Moffett, a Louisville businessman, is in a three-way primary for the Republican nomination for governor. Earlier this week, he received a formal endorsement by the Bowling Green/Southern Kentucky Tea Party, according to an Associated Press article. . The two groups, like many tea party groups across Kentucky, aren’t affiliated.

The Louisville Tea Party said they will no longer settle for “band-aid fixes” and that Moffett is the only candidate that could move Kentucky from such fixes, said Wendy Caswell, president of the Louisville Tea Party.

She confirmed the endorsement in an interview Tuesday and provided Pure Politics with a statement from the group’s board, which voted on the endorsement Monday night.

“The Louisville Tea Party believes Kentuckians will not settle any longer for band-aid fixes such as those promoted by our current Governor Steve Beshear or Senate incumbent David Williams,” the group’s statement said. “… Having vetted all of the candidates, the Louisville Tea Party has found resoundingly that Phil Moffett’s 4 Corners Platform both addresses and resolves the four fundamental problems that career politicians have been unable or unwilling to address in Kentucky.

Williams, considered by many as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for governor, has been the Senate’s president for more than a decade.

“David Williams has a proven record of cutting taxes and standing against out-of-control government spending,” said Williams’ campaign manager Scott Jennings, in response to the group’s endorsement of Moffett.

Jennings went on to say the campaign of Williams and lieutenant governor candidate Richie Farmer are in the best shape with fund-raising and organization to take on Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

“We look forward to uniting all conservatives from all parties and groups behind the Williams-Farmer ticket after the May primary in our shared goal of making Steve Beshear one-term governor,” Jennings said.

David Adams, Moffett’s campaign manager, said in response to the endorsement that the Tea Party was started to oppose political figures like Williams.

“The Tea Party started because ruling class politicians weren’t responsive to our demands and they are still trying to fill political offices based on seniority,” Adams said in a statement. “David Williams has a long record of voting for bigger government and higher taxes.”

Republicans will increasingly come to see Moffett as the better candidate as they start to pay more attention to the race, Adams added.

Sarah Reidy, campaign manager Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, another of Moffett’s opponents, said the Holsclaw campaign isn’t concerned about endorsements.

“This campaign is not concerned about gathering endorsements,” Reidy said in a statement. “We are more concerned with earning the trust of individual voters. Bobbie’s track record of receiving over 160,000 votes for County Clerk last November has shown her ability to attract the support of a wide spectrum of voters.”

- Kenny Colston


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