Thayer agrees with Mayor Fischer on Derby pick; says Bevin won't hurt GOP in KY midterms

05/05/2018 01:07 PM

CHURCHILL DOWNS — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer is betting on Republicans this year, and on an Irish trained horse on Derby Day.

In the election horse races, Thayer said he expects to hold and possibly add to the Republican super majority in the upper chamber, pointing to Rep. Robby Mills running against Democratic Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, and the race against Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, in eastern Kentucky.

In the lower chamber, Thayer said he sees Republicans are in a “very strong” position heading into the fall races.

“I think when things settle down — people really look at what we accomplished they’re going to see that these Republican majorities are working well for Kentuckians,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Matt Bevin continues to be unpopular. The Republican Governor was booed during Thursday’s Pegasus Parade in Louisville, and every candidate in the 20th House Dist. Race in Bowling Green, both Republican and Democratic, said they disapproved of his job performance.

Even as the GOP runs against Bevin, Thayer expects that the electorate will separate “the policy from the personal.”

“There’s no doubt that some of Gov. Bevin’s comments have hurt his standing, but he’s apologized — I think it’s time to move on, and you cannot argue with success,” he said.

The Georgetown Republican said his Derby pick is Mendelssohn, an American bred horse that has been trained in Europe.

“I think he could be something special,” Thayer said, adding that he is likely going to add Justify and Bolto D’Oro, and possibly long-shots My Boy Jack and Lone Sailor.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, is also betting on Mendelssohn in the Run for the Roses in his bet against the Ocala, Florida Mayor — both wagering local spirits on the race. Despite their philosophical divide, Thayer said he “likes” the Louisville Mayor.

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