Friday, January 05, 2007

A sincere question for Kentucky Republicans

In the face of heightened rumors about other Republican challengers entering the governor's race, trying to unseat our party's sitting governor, Ernie Fletcher, we have a sincere question for the state's GOP stalwarts:

If you do NOT support Ernie Fletcher for re-election, why not?

There are two answers that WILL NOT be accepted or considered as valid. One is "because of the merit system hiring investigation." We don't buy that as an answer because that was not the fault of the Fletcher administration. Blame for that goes first to Greg Stumbo, and second to the state's Republicans who sat idly by and watched the assault and did nothing about it.

The second answer is "because he cannot win in the general election." Again, if this state's Republicans had worked in defense of their governor instead of standing around and watching the assault, they could have substantially improved his re-electability.

If one of those reasons is your answer, go ahead and post it, but be aware that we dismiss those answers as the piles of dung they are. But if you have serious policy reasons for preferring another GOP nominee, or a Democrat, we want to hear them.

And we guess we might as well admit it now, if it isn't already obvious: We support Ernie Fletcher wholeheartedly against any and all challengers, in the party or out of it. If he loses the primary, we'll probably vote for the Republican but we sure won't lift a finger to support him or her, because we believe the best governor for this state is already in place.

16 Comments:

At 6:40 PM, January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy Harper announced his this morning. What does everyone think? Can he win? What are your thoughts of him as a candidate?

 
At 7:25 PM, January 05, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

Billy Harper is challenging our party's incumbent governor, who is a good and decent man and has been a good governor, all things considered. We do not recall Billy Harper doing anything to help Fletcher when Stumbo started his persecution. Therefore we are opposed to Billy Harper's candidacy and will do whatever we can to defeat him in the primary. We will cast our votes for him if he is the nominee but will not support him otherwise.

 
At 8:22 PM, January 05, 2007, Anonymous ClilBinton said...

A good and decent man? Merit scandal hiring ring a bell? Sometimes it takes an incumbent being challeneged to affect some change... see LBJ v E McCarthy

 
At 11:05 PM, January 05, 2007, Blogger M. Sheldon said...

re: anonymous: Billy Harper won't get my vote in the primary simply because he thinks that having any ties whatsoever to KERA is a good thing. Seventeen years (and a litteral butt-ton of cash) later, we're still left embarassed by each and every poll that comes out on the nation's educational progress.

To clilbinton...who then, Bresear&Mongiardo? No thanks. too many questions (and terrible answers) regarding their credibility.

My only fear for the good Dr. is that if if the party base doesn't rally around him, he could be fighting an extreme uphill battle after the general election.

 
At 2:22 AM, January 06, 2007, Anonymous RobinHoax said...

Why is everyone bashing KERA... Lets talk about what Fletcher has done for education?

 
At 4:07 AM, January 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This CPA's and Republican's reason for opposing Fletcher--Kentucky Tax Modernization. If a think tank had purposely tried to enact anti-small business legislation, it would not have had as bad impact as this piece of garbage taxation. Don't say that Modernization II fixed the problems with the original legislation, because it did not--it was smoke and mirrors to try and appease the press.

David Wilkerson
Louisville

 
At 10:34 AM, January 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fletcher has been a RINO in the tradition Club for Growth sense. I love how he's running around the state lauding his surplus.

Well, two things there. One, he's openly looking for ways to spend it, not save it or pay down the debt. The second is that the surplus didn't come around because of some great move of fiscal management. It came from floating $2 Billion in new bonds!!! bragging about having a $300 Milion surplus out of $2 Billion borrowed is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Hopefully Harper will run the finances of the State like he runs those of his business, well.

 
At 2:23 PM, January 06, 2007, Blogger M. Sheldon said...

RobinHoax said...

Why is everyone bashing KERA...

2:22 AM, January 06, 2007

We've spent tons of money with extremely poor results.

 
At 4:59 PM, January 06, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

ClilBinton:

Apparently you have reading comprehension problems. We do not consider the merit hiring situation to be anything of substance. That's why we said we don't count that as a legitimate answer. We blame that situation first and foremost on Greg Stumbo, and then on those Republicans who did not help defend the Fletcher administration against the onslaught. While we acknowledge that some administration staffers got a bit overzealous in their hiring decisions, in principle we are in favor of trying to get more friendly conservatives placed in the inner workings of state government, to counteract years of Democrats hiring Democrats.

And, we are not concerned with the amount of debt, as long as that debt is going to finance public works projects. Our conservatism is based on an opposition to social programs and payments to individuals. We have no problems with public works projects that benefit everyone, as long as taxes are not raised to pay for them.

And why bash KERA? It hasn't been fun seeing Kentucky used as the proving ground for every goofy liberal education theory that was in existence in the late 80s and early 90s. There are a zillion things we'd change about KERA, but at the top of the list are site-based councils and the reduction of authority of the elected school boards.

 
At 2:50 PM, January 08, 2007, Anonymous Alger Puss said...

You are conservatives like I am left handed (I am not btw)... You dont consider disgracing an administration and a state relevant to the discussion of someone being re-elected? Also on KERA... I grant you everything, but havent you ever supported someone who you knew was better for the state despite disagreeing with their issue positions?

 
At 8:10 PM, January 08, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

There's no disgrace involved -- the disgrace was that deadbeat dad hack of a prosecutor going after possible misdemeanors in a way heretofore never seen in Kentucky, all the while he was guilty of the exact same thing when he was in the legislature and trying to get Paul Patton to hire political cronies. Fletcher hasn't disgraced anyone.

And who in their right minds would vote for someone with whom they didn't agree on the issues?

"He wants to raise my taxes, make abortion more readily available, expand social programs, but he's a good man and he'd be better for us." Puh-leeze.

 
At 12:35 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous DavisBurke said...

C'mon... Northup is liberal, liberal, liberal... and Fletcher, well we know what he is....

 
At 3:40 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous JoeyGladhand said...

Harper Addresses Education:

Radio Interview:
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wkyu/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1022878§ionID=1

Press Release:
http://harperforgov.blogspot.com/2007/01/kentucky-schools-must-and-can-do-better.html

 
At 8:24 PM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous SteveBoston said...

Looks as if Northup’s people are up to their old dirty tricks. It cant be a coincidence that this video is released as she prepares to announce.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whP9EDIg6sk

 
At 2:53 AM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous WardMurton said...

Check Out Billy Harper’s new campaign video

Filing For Governor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ZMYCgqbi0

Latest Campaign Ad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnZE_S7UOlo

 
At 10:57 AM, January 12, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

Administrative notice:

Please quit spamming this pro-Fletcher blog with Harper crap. Comments from voters and supporters are fine and encouraged. Links to YouTube garbage are discouraged and will probably start being deleted if this continues.

 

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