Calling them prominent Republicans from across the commonwealth, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear released a list of 70 GOP supporters who are endorsing his re-election campaign.
Notable names include Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, former Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson, R-18, who is a former chair the Jefferson County Republican Party.
“As a proud Republican, I believe in fiscal responsibility and individual rights. As a Republican elected official, I understand we are responsible to the community we represent—not our party. For the past three years, Governor Steve Beshear has risen above partisan politics to do what’s right for the people of Kentucky,” Ackerson said in a news release. “He’s led by example in the area of fiscal responsibility, by balancing the budget nine times without raising broad-based taxes, and he’s overseeing the smallest state government in a generation. I am proud to be one of many Kentucky Republicans that are supporting Steve Beshear.”
The Beshear campaign says this is the first of several GOP endorsements it plans to roll out in the gubernatorial race.
In the press release, the Beshear campaign makes a noticeable pitch to conservatives voters, touting the governor’s “stand against broad-based taxes and record of fiscal conservatism” since taking office.
Beshear faces state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, in the general election.