Kentucky Republicans Hold Unity Rally

by Tony McVeigh on May 21, 2011

In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, around 200 Kentucky Republicans turned out for a unity rally Saturday at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort.

The spotlight fell mostly on Senate President David Williams, the Republican gubernatorial nominee. After getting all of Tuesday’s winners to join him on stage, Williams launched into an attack on Gov. Steve Beshear, the Democratic nominee.

“One of the first things that’s been in doubt, by the Courier-Journal and the Herald-Leader, was answered. After a series of tests, they determined I do have a heart!  And they knew I had a brain. And unlike Steve Beshear, I have a spine,” he said.

And it’s clear Williams is going to keep making an issue of Gov. Beshear’s recent snub of President Obama at Ft. Campbell.

“There are some things more important than politics, and honoring those folks are more important than that. Steve Beshear went to a horse race because he was worried about his own race,” he said.

Williams often sounded much like a tea party candidate.

“It was the various states that created the federal government,” he said. “The federal government did not create the states. And this team here will go forward and challenge the federal government.”

U.S. Senator Rand Paul appeared briefly via the Internet, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was at the rally. He said the best way to stop President Obama and get Kentucky going in the right direction, all on the same day, would be to elect David Williams governor.

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