Kentucky voters decide between Bevin and Scott for GovernorPosted by Editorial Staff on April 13, 2015
As registered Republicans, we have been watching the candidates for governor of Kentucky this year very closely. At first it was interesting that there seemed to be so many viable choices this election cycle. The gloves are now off, so to speak.
Until recently this has been a very friendly campaign that seemed to be run amongst political friends. In debates all men have been complementary of one another. Much to the chagrin of the others, candidate Heiner decided to show his true colors last week with very aggressive ads against the two candidates he believes are his biggest competition, James Comer and Matt Bevin. Both Comer and Bevin are running their own television campaigns, with ads to promote themselves instead of attacking others.
The false attacks against candidate Bevin do not bear repeating. These were essentially copycats of the same ads that the McConnell campaign ran last year in the senate race. All items were promptly disproved back then. To run such ads at this point is to knowingly spread false information.
Sadly, the attacks against candidate Comer appear to hold some weight.
We can learn much about these men in how they respond to adversity.
Candidate Comer’s attempt to defend his acceptance of farm subsidies was to deflect. Comer believes he is justified in accepting subsidies, claiming Heiner had received a larger amount. Candidate Heiner has not disputed this claim.
Candidate Comer, this type of defense does not work as an argument from grade-school children, and certainly does not reflect well in a governor’s race centered around fiscal responsibility.
Speaking on accusations of tripling his own pension as a Kentucky legislator also left candidate Comer unprepared and speechless. This also does not reflect well on candidate Comer being able to stand behind his actions.
Candidate Bevin did not retaliate or take to the defensive. His only acknowledgement was to share these attacks are false, and confront candidate Heiner at the Louisville debate.
Given an opportunity to save face, by both candidate Comer and candidate Bevin, to distance himself from the television attacks, candidate Heiner only offered silence.
The actions and responses of these exchanges have removed Candidate Heiner and Candidate Comer from consideration in our home. This leaves us to decide between candidate Bevin, who has handled this exchange in stride, and candidate Scott who has been fortunate to avoid altercation in this exchange.
Marianne & Jordan Byrne
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