No Beshear at forum, but Williams and Galbraith aim plenty of sharp lines at governor

08/17/2011 08:38 AM

LOUISVILLE — In the middle of his remarks at Tuesday’s candidate forum, Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams turned to make a point directly to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

Except, Beshear wasn’t there. He didn’t attend the forum sponsored by the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts in Louisville.

And that was one of the two major themes for Williams throughout the day: that Kentucky has some big problems that need to be tackled and Beshear isn’t working on them or attending candidate forums to talk about them.

Williams and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith both focused their remarks at Tuesday’s forum about failures in Frankfort. Williams laid blame at Beshear’s feet and Galbraith blamed members of both political parties.

The forum, which lasted for four hours Tuesday afternoon, featured all candidates on the November ballot, save for Beshear and his running mate Jerry Abramson. Richie Farmer, who is Williams’ running mate, was scheduled to appear but did not.

In his remarks, Williams blasted Beshear for not pushing for reforms to Kentucky’s tax code. He also criticized Beshear for not wanting to make changes to the underfunded state employee pension system, which is partially on shaky ground because of moves the lawmakers, including Williams, made nine years ago to move money from the pension fund to pay for other state programs.

Galbraith mostly stuck to his usual campaign platform, touting a scholarship system for all students to go to college as well as noting Kentucky has perennial problems due to the two party system.

Galbraith put much of the blame on Beshear, who is leading in the polls. But Galbraith also took aim at Williams, saying both men were too partisan to accomplish anything in Frankfort.

Earlier in the forum, Attorney General candidates Jack Conway and Todd P’Pool, Auditor candidates John Kemper and Adam Edelen and Treasurer candidates Todd Hollenbach and K.C. Crosbie sparred in front of KCADD members. You can see highlights of those remarks on Pure Politics, Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. Central or 11:30 p.m./10:30 Central.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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