As primary campaigns in Kentucky warm up, one of the highest-profile contests has turned into a blame game.
State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington is one of six Republicans vying to replace outgoing Fourth Congressional District Congressman Geoff Davis. One of her opponents, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, is criticizing Webb-Edgington for missing crucial votes on the state budget last week. Moore says his opponent was too busy fundraising to fulfill her duty as a state lawmaker.
“It’s unfortunate that Rep. Webb-Edgington found it more pertinent to campaign in Washington D.C. and in Shelbyville raising money, rather than to do the job the people elected her to do in Frankfort. Rep. Webb-Edgington not only missed critical votes during one of the most crucial times in the Kentucky legislative session but most importantly she missed voicing the concerns and interests for her constituents. Webb-Edgington abandoned her responsibility to the people to pursue her own political ambitions,” Moore’s campaign says.
But Webb-Edgington’s campaign manager Rick VanMeter says Moore is trying to distract from real issues. And he says Webb-Edgington will cast a dissenting vote on the budget when lawmakers return on April 12.
“All of Alecia’s votes were cast with the House Clerk on Friday, and her “no” vote on the budget will be filed when the House returns to session. All of the proper paperwork was filed, and none of these votes would have changed the outcome of the bills in question. While Alecia has been outspoken about where she stands on the issues, it is clear that Judge Moore is desperate to distract from his record of pushing for tax increases, increasing sewer rates, and his lackluster resume,” he says.