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Non-Partisan Group Says Gubernatorial Candidates Lack Courage

All three candidates for governor of Kentucky have failed to turn in a survey put out by the non-partisan group Project Vote Smart.

The Political Courage Test quizzes candidates on a variety of issues, including abortion, education and taxes. To encourage participation, candidates are not allowed to use the results of the survey in campaign ads.

Project Vote Smart issued a statement Thursday saying neither incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams nor independent Gatewood Galbraith returned the survey. Beshear and then-Governor Ernie Fletcher did not respond to the survey during the 2007 election, either.

Requests for comment to the Beshear and the Williams campaigns were not returned. Galbraith’s running mate says the campaign never official received the survey, but will return it shortly.

Project Vote Smart is a nonprofit group based in Montana.

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Vote Smart Tests Gubernatorial Candidates’s Courage

Candidates running in the 2011 gubernatorial race have aired ads across Kentucky stressing their toughness in recent weeks, and now a non-profit group is putting their political courage to the test.

The non-partisan group Project Vote Smart is sending Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Gailbrath its Political Courage Test this Wednesday to gauge their views on a number of issues.

Founded by a group of bi-partisan national leaders, the Montana-based non-profit organization researches the voting records, campaign contributions and public statements of more than 40,000 candidates and elected officials.

Vote Smart spokeswoman Carly Griffin says the surveys are meant to ask tough questions and survey topics specific to the commonwealth on education, government spending and taxation policy.

“Basically our purpose in this test is to provide as much information for the voters as we can. And a lot of times candidates can stick behind tested messages and not necessarily give real answers on real questions,” she says. “Bottom line: Project Vote Smart is here to help the voter.”