From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he has no choice but to continue fundraising for his 2011 re-election bid. The fundraising allegedly drew criticism from Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, who’s also beating the bushes for cash to support his Democratic bid for the U-S Senate. Beshear says no harm intended.
“There’s never a good time for a governor to raise money for his re-election because there’s always other elections going on,” he says. “But, all of them have to sort of coexist at the same time, and we’re going to try to do our fundraising in a steady fashion over the course of the next year or so, so that we don’t unduly interfere with any other elections that are going on.”
Beshear continues to question the authenticity of the comments allegedly made by Mongiardo. The governor says he hasn’t heard the audio, anonymously posted on the Internet, but firmly believes it was doctored.
“You know, you can make something out of anything if you’re good enough,” says Beshear. “And the ingenuity of folks these days is unparalleled, in terms of what you can do. So, I’m not concerned about it and I’ve told him that and we’re just gonna move on.”
Spokespersons for Mongiardo agree and say the governor continues to have Mongiardo’s strong support.