The Chatter: Williams and Democrats go after each other, Crosbie gets Romney donation and more

04/14/2011 08:51 AM

The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams released a two-minute web video that attacks Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat running for re-election, of not supporting coal.

The video, released Tuesday, references a 2008 letter that Beshear sent to President George W. Bush urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stop “weakening” rules aimed at curbing the clogging of waterways because of mountain top removal mining.

But in the video, Williams’ campaign uses President Barack Obama’s face while bringing up Beshear’s letter, despite Obama not having yet been sworn in and the letter not addressed to him.

The video goes on to feature Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer, Williams’ running mate, and Williams speaking about coal in Kentucky.

Democrats still want Williams to release taxes

The Kentucky Democratic Party has turned up the volume on its call for Williams, who is Senate president, to release his tax returns in light of a story on Williams’ gambling losses, as reported on the Tuesday edition of Pure Politics.

The KDP, in a Tuesday news conference, unveiled quotes from Williams during the 1991’s governor’s race, when Williams was campaign manager for Republican Larry Hopkins. During the primary against Larry Forgy, who went on the win the Republican primary for governor, Williams repeatedly called on Forgy to release his own tax documents. Forgy initially said no, then relented.

20 years later, KDP chair Dan Logsdon is putting those same quotes to use in asking Williams and another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Phil Moffett, to release their tax returns.

The quote Logsdon is mainly referencing involves a 1991 story published in the Lexington Herald-Leader: “For (Forgy) to declare that the public’s right to know about his background does not extend beyond the past two years . . . shows an arrogant, deliberate and almost desperate attempt to hide pertinent facts from the electorate,” Williams is quoted as saying in the story.

The third Republican in the three person primary is Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, who plans to release her tax returns in a Friday news conference.

Williams grabs Right to Life endorsements

Williams also picked up two endorsements from like-minded groups this week, the Kentucky Right to Life and Northern Kentucky Right to Life Associations. In a release, the Williams’ campaign said the Senate president was honored to accept the endorsements.

The release also quoted the Kentucky Right to Life Association praising Williams’ work in the Senate.

“Senator Williams has supported more than 40 pro-life bills during his tenure as Kentucky Senate President. Williams speaks eloquently on behalf of the unborn and the elderly on the Senate floor and has made extraordinary efforts to protect innocent human life from conception until natural death,” The group said.

One of Williams’ primary opponent’s, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, also was endorsed by the Northern Kentucky Right to Life Association.

Crosbie gets Romney PAC donation

K.C. Crosbie, a Lexington councilwoman running for treasurer, has received a donation from former Gov. Mitt Romney, according to Crosbie’s campaign Facebook page.

The donation comes on the heels of Romney announcing he would run for president in 2012, after running in 2008. Attempts to reach Crosbie’s campaign weren’t successful.

- Kenny Colston


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