Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett has rejected primary opponent Bobbie Holsclaw’s call that he drop out of the governor’s race.
Last Friday, Holsclaw, who is the Jefferson County Clerk, told the media that Moffett signed a campaign petition for a Libertarian candidate. Holsclaw believes that could raise the possibility of a legal challenge if the Tea Party-backed candidatewere to win the GOP nomination.
Moffett campaign spokesman David Adams calls the demand a distraction, and says the Louisville businessman was only supporting ballot access in Kentucky for third party candidates.
“She’s the one that cooked up this idea that his bona fides could be questioned and that’s just ridiculous You have to take a very tortured reading of the law to come to the conclusion that she came to,” he says.
The Moffett campaign believe the state’s debt and government spending are what Republican primary voters care about, but that they’re happy to debate the exclusion of third party candidates in statewide races.
“It hasn’t distracted us at all. In fact, we’re glad to talk about ballot access as part of the Tea Party theme,” says Adams. “The Tea Party is trying to make the process better for everyone.”
Holsclaw and Moffett will face state Senate President David Williams in the May 17 primary.