On video: Phil Moffett explains his Republican candidacy for governor

07/29/2010 08:39 PM

LEXINGTON — After condemning Kentucky’s chronic “poor leadership” and citing the need for smaller government, Phil Moffett, a businessman and advocate for charter schools, announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for governor next year.

Moffett made the announcement along with his running mate, Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon of Junction City, on the WLAP-630 AM radio show of Leland Conway, a conservative host. David Adams, who was the top staff member on Rand Paul’s successful Republican primary campaign for U.S. Senate this spring, will manage the ticket, which is angling for support from the tea party movement.

But Conway, a fiscal conservative who has helped fuel interest in the tea party in Central Kentucky, said believes that support from the movement isn’t a right, but instead needs to be “earned.”

Moffett and Harmon spent 15 minutes answering questions from Conway and laying out their agenda, which includes stabilizing the state’s public employee pension program, revamping the tax structure and allowing charter schools.

Moffett didn’t attack Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is seeking his second term next year and reserved any comment on another potential Republican ticket of state Senate President David Williams and Agricultural Commissioner Richer Farmer until “I see what a Williams-Farmer ticket looks like.” Another potential GOP ticket with a “Farmer” name that emerged this week includes state Rep. Bill Farmer of Lexington and state Rep. Adam Koenig of Erlanger. Bill Farmer has been one the most outspoken legislators on the issue of revamping the state’s tax code.

Speaking to reporters outside the studio afterwards, Moffett, a board member on the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, explained his positions on those issues in detail. Take a look:

- Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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