RPK targets Democrats voting against budget with robocalls

04/04/2018 04:34 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has launched a series of robocalls against Democrats who voted against the biennium budget bill.

The calls seem to be targeting rural Democrats, mainly House members, with Republican challengers in the general election. The calls are meant to inform voters a Republican Party spokesperson said on Wednesday, when asked about the calls by Pure Politics.

“We felt it was important to communicate directly with voters in these districts and let them know the truth about their Representative’s vote on this budget and, that while they claim to be pro-education, their vote on this bill says different,” RPK spokesman Tres Watson said.

A generic copy of the robocall was given to media asking about the ad. Context of that call is available in the image below.

Democratic Rep. Dennis Keene of Wilder thanked the Republican Party of Kentucky for targeting him, saying he’s getting support from his constituents who have been called.

“I want to thank the Republican Party of Kentucky for calling voters in my district and firing them up even further. Everyone knows I voted against the bad budget and pension plan and are now calling me to express support as a result of your phone calls. Thanks again,” he wrote on Twitter.

As the Republican Party seeks to score political points it is unclear if Gov. Matt Bevin will veto the bill. Bevin taking to Twitter on Monday, wrote the bill may not meet “basic standards of fiscal responsibility.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



  • Heza Putz wrote on April 05, 2018 09:30 AM :

    If Governor Bevin issues a veto on this budget deal it will be a mistake akin to President Trump bringing his Democrat daughter and son in law into the White House. Hey, maybe Ben Chandler will make some calls thanking Republicans for raising the cigarette tax.

  • Honest Parley wrote on April 05, 2018 11:10 AM :

    We have to believe that RPK staff are over-sampling Chairman Brown’s goods and wares in making this decision. First, HARDLY ANYONE will pay any mind to these calls given that it’s early April and the election is a veritable political eternity away. Secondly, the GOP just passed the biggest tax increase on small businesses that we’ve seen in quite sometime here in our Commonwealth, heaping handouts on larger business and failing to do ANYTHING with the patchwork of tax credits enjoyed by the rich and infamous that are stifling effective governance.

    The level of utter incompetence demonstrated by the GOP through the non-existent leadership of the Governor’s office, the dark of night legislative majorities, and its party appartus is utterly incomprehensible. In fact, the GOP is rivaled only by the historic incompetence of the other head of the one-party monster that has for too long dominated our Commonwealth. These recent developments, the budget and the TAX INCREASES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR, provide further evidence that the two party structure is a complete failure for Kentucky, and that it’s not a two-party structure at all, but rather two heads of the same monster comprised of pride, envy, greed, sloth, lust and gluttony. (We’d throw in anger too, but we think that it at least requires at least some degree of morality.)

    This year the race is on for who can be the biggest screw-up for Kentucky: the head called Democrat or the head called Republican?

    We say off with both the heads!

  • Ed Jessup wrote on April 08, 2018 10:48 PM :

    Bevin will veto the tax bill, and line-item veto about $200 million out of the budget.

    That will put Bevin on Trump’s radar, and Trump will make him the U.S. Trade Representative, so he can explain to farmers and bourbon distillers why tariffs are a good deal.

    Either that, or Bevin can choose from one of the other 10,000 vacant positions in this weak and failing administration.

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