Kentucky House District 20 Representative Jody Richards has an integrity problemPosted by Scott Hofstra on October 30, 2014
Kentucky District 20 Representative Jody Richards is being condemned today for his false and misleading campaign advertising that has been running in the Bowling Green Daily News for the past several weeks.
In these ads, it appears that Representative Richards is intentionally trying to mislead voters about his involvement with a project to bring a new Veterans nursing home to Bowling Green.
The ads state that Rep. Richards is: “Sponsoring legislation to establish a new veterans nursing home in Bowling Green”.
The facts simply don’t support his claim. According to the Kentucky LRC and District 32 State Senator Mike Wilson’s office, Rep. Richards has not prefiled any legislation pertaining to this nursing home project.
The project to bring this veterans nursing home to Bowling Green has been in the works for approximately two years and has been spearheaded by Dr. Ray Biggerstaff, a veteran of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Dr. Biggerstaff served as a Captain and Executive Officer of a medevac unit in Vietnam. Dr. Biggerstaff has been working with retired Army veteran, Col. Robert Spiller, who saw service in both Korea and Vietnam. Both men have been working with Senator Mike Wilson and others to move this project forward.
According to Dr. Ray Biggerstaff, “Rep. Richards was approached about helping to sponsor legislation for this project but he told us not to get our hopes up and that the folks in Frankfort gang up on us in bowling Green.”
Dr. Biggerstaff further stated that “Rep. Richards has not been involved in this effort and that Mr. Richards campaign ads are misleading the public and especially the veterans for his own personal gain.”
Dr. Biggerstaff went on to say:
The veterans in Bowling Green and throughout the State of Kentucky have been aware of the progress of this project from day one and many of them feel that Rep. Richards is attempting to take credit for something he had absolutely nothing to do with in order to upstage Senator Wilson’s efforts with the state legislature.
During a meeting of the American legion post last evening, Rep. Richards tried again to claim credit for the project and was called out on it by Dr. Biggerstaff.
When a 38 year incumbent politician feels that he or she is entitled and needs to resort to bald faced lies in their advertising to their constituents and veterans in order to win reelection, that legislator has a huge integrity issue. The press and citizens of District 20 need to call Rep. Richards to account for his lies and they deserve the truth about this important veterans issue. Our veterans are not buying what Rep. Richards is trying to sell them one week before the election.
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