Kentucky Republicans Hold Unity Rally

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.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.