The Chatter: Beshear touts GOP support, Barbour helps Williams and C-J calls foul on web ad

05/20/2011 10:48 AM

The re-election campaign of Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear released a list of 70 Republican supporters today, as part of the campaign’s effort to aggressively begin the general election.

The list includes several current Republican mayors as well as prominent Republicans such as Jon Ackerson, a Louisville Metro Councilman and former Louisville GOP chairman, and former Lt. Gov. Steve Pence.

In a statement, Beshear said the endorsements show he delivered on pledges he made during his 2003 campaign.

“I’m grateful for the support of these Kentuckians,” Beshear said in the statement. “When I ran in 2007, I pledged that I would support ideas to improve Kentucky, and that it didn’t matter if they were Democratic or Republican ideas, as long as they were good ideas … Families and businesses across Kentucky can rest assured I will continue this commitment if re-elected.”

You can see the full list of the 70 Republican endorsements here:
Republicans for Beshear.pdf [67.42KB]

Barbour to headline David Williams fundraiser

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will headline a June 16 fundraiser for Senate President David Williams, the GOP nominee to face Beshear this fall, Philip Bailey of WFPL News reports.

It is the second time Barbour will have headlined a fundraiser in Kentucky this year, after doing so for the Kentucky Coal Association in February.

Barbour recently took his name of out the running for the 2012 GOP nomination for president. He is also heavily involved in the Republican Governors Association, including being a past chair of the RGA.

Courier-Journal says Williams misused quotes in web ad

In an effort to define his talking points going into the general election, Williams’ campaign released a two-minute web ad yesterday, blaming Beshear for unemployment levels in the state.

The ad used the normal newscasts and newspaper quotes, like ads usually do. But one of the papers quoted says Williams’ ad incorrectly attributes the quotes. You can view the ad below.

But in a Courier-Journal article“written”:|topnews|text|News by reporter Joe Gerth, the newspaper said three quotes attributed to them were never written by their editorial board.

Instead, the newspaper says the quotes were written by a conservative columnist, John David Dyche, who is not employed by the paper but has his columns published on the editorial page.

The Williams campaign said the quotes appeared in the paper and deflected the claim that they misrepresented anything.

$43 million in tax break approved for “Ark Park”

A theme park revolving around the story of Noah’s Ark is set to receive $43 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years, Beth Musgrave of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority unanimously approved the tax breaks for the project in a Thursday meeting. The park will be build in Grant County and the state could spend an additional $11 million in road and interstate improvements in the area around the park.

Many local and national groups have questioned state involvement through tax breaks for the park because of its religious overtones.

-Compiled by Kenny Colston


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