GOP Candidates Spar Over Smoking Ban Proposal

by Rick Howlett on January 21, 2011

The two Republican candidates for Kentucky governor are at odds over whether lawmakers should pass a statewide smoking ban in public places.

The two appeared together at an event in Louisville Friday.

Louisville businessman Phil Moffett says any smoking ban should be limited to government buildings. The Tea Party candidate contends that private business owners should be allowed to decide whether to prohibit smoking in their establishments and work spaces.

“If you don’t want to work in a restaurant that allows smoking, then go get a job somewhere else. If you want to work in one, then fine. Private property rights should supercede any government authority,” Moffett said.

“Are you kidding me?” responded Williams, who supports a full ban. “With the shortage of jobs, do you think someone should have to quit their job because…the issue of work place safety is concerned?”

Moffett and Williams spoke to reporters after a candidates forum at the Kentucky Press Association convention. Independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith also participated;  he agrees with Moffett that private businesses should be exempt from a ban.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was invited to the forum but did not attend.

(Pictured, from left:  moderator Al Cross and candidates David Williams, Phil Moffett and Gatewood Galbraith)

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T-Bell January 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Ah. It all makes sense now. If Williams shuts down Ky’s tobacco farms, then we won’t have any undocumented laborers working on them. That’s how he plans to keep his immigration bill from raising corrections costs! Eureka!

JP January 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Continuing proof of idiot ideology from a bunch of backward looking wackjobs masquerading as protecting individual freedoms. Society in general needs laws to protect the rest of us from their irresponsible decisions.

Bob January 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Unfortunatly, Chantix sale are soaring. This will provide enough money to pay these professionsal ban lobbyists for years in the future. These bans are the greatest marketing scams ever devised.—

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