Will nationalizing the Ky. governor's race work? Maybe not, one conservative says

08/11/2011 12:25 PM

Some Kentucky Republicans have taken to linking Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings in the state have been below 40%.

It’s a strategy right out of the GOP’s 1994 playbook, which helped Republicans win congressional seats in western Kentucky that had long been Democratic strongholds.

But will it work in this year’s governor’s race?

It’s not looking like it, said John David Dyche, a lawyer and conservative columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Beshear’s campaign began airing an ad this week that seems to try to inoculate himself against the link to Obama and Washington.

Beshear slams the partisanship and “lack of leadership” while showing pictures of congressional leaders — and of Obama.

- Ryan Alessi

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