Friday, February 09, 2007

Anne Northup's limited experience and worldview is a liability

Someone must have told disloyal Republican Anne Northup that her "Fletcher can't win" primary election strategy leaves something to be desired. It seems she's now out trying to articulate positions, particularly on economic development -- that is if you can consider her "a different approach for each of our 120 counties" statement as a legitimate goal.

The only problem is that Northup's experience is severely limited when it comes to Kentucky geography.

During her years in Congress, and before that as a state legislator, Northup only represented PART of ONE county, and that county is atypical of most of Kentucky. A large chunk of Jefferson County isn't even in the 3rd District. And even though Northup enlisted disloyal Republican Jeff Hoover, from the GOP-dominated 5th District, to be her running mate, we have to wonder how well she'll relate to the people and the varied needs of Kentucky.

During his three years as governor, Ernie Fletcher has worked for the entire Commonwealth. By now he has visited most, if not all, of the state's counties. But on top of that, Fletcher trumps Northup in relevant legislative experience, too.

While he served in Congress, Fletcher represented a varied district in terms of geography and socioeconomics. His territory included Kentucky's second largest city, the state capital of Frankfort, growing communities like Scott and Clark and Madison counties, rural areas like Bourbon and Garrard counties, and even a couple of poorer Appalachian counties like Estill and Powell. He has more familiarity and experience with a number of communities and issues than does Northup, whose turf and scope is quite limited in comparison.

Fletcher's congressional district, probably more than any other, represented all phases of Kentucky life. From rural to urban, small town to big city, agrarian to industrial, prosperous to impoverished, flat to mountainous, you can find everything that makes Kentucky what it is in the 6th District.

The governor's own background makes him better able to relate to Kentuckians of all social standings. Raised in humble surroundings in Montgomery County by working-class parents with Appalachian roots, Fletcher graduated from high school in Lexington. And there's no disputing his resume is the most impressive we've ever seen of any candidate for public office in Kentucky in decades.

When life experiences and worldviews are carefully considered, it's obvious Fletcher has a huge advantage over Northup. Someone who's only represented a small corner of Kentucky versus someone who's represented everything that makes Kentucky what it is -- to us, the choice is an easy one. This is another case where Fletcher's qualifications stand head and shoulders above everyone else's.

8 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, February 09, 2007, Anonymous JanHatten said...

Outstanding post and your points are right on the money... Its about time someone said this...

 
At 11:36 AM, February 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But her sister won a gold medal.

 
At 5:55 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous SmartRepub said...

You must be a Fletcher suckup...

 
At 10:11 AM, February 14, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

We are not Fletcher suck-ups. We are Fletcher supporters who are ashamed at the way the Republican administration in this state has abandoned the governor and has taken Greg Stumbo's side in the hiring persecution.

 
At 5:50 PM, February 14, 2007, Blogger politicalfan said...

Do Republicans care that Senator McConnell is bankrolling Northup's ambitious campaign to unseat a sittiing governor? It seems like payback would be in order during the 2008 republican senatorial primary. Or is McConnell above reproach?

 
At 7:18 PM, February 14, 2007, Anonymous HalGreer said...

Supporters? You are in the tank for Fletcher. Its disgraceful. Fletcher is working with Stumbo... How can he be persecuted and cuddling with the guy at the same time?

 
At 8:33 PM, February 14, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

Fletcher working with Stumbo? Please enlighten us, oh wise one, as to how this is taking place.

We understand the two cooperating on policy matters like drug abuse, because that's a noble goal for Kentucky no matter who's pursuing it.

But please share your wisdom and your vision with us.

 
At 7:51 PM, February 15, 2007, Anonymous smartrepub said...

Ernie Fletcher has been a failure as Governor of Kentucky. He is the "Jimmy Carter" of Kentucky politics...

 

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