Secretary of state -- No endorsement
By all accounts, Republican incumbent Trey Grayson has been an excellent secretary of state.
He’s considered a rising star in the Republican Party in Kentucky.
His Democratic opponent in his re-election campaign, a schoolteacher by profession, hasn’t even gotten the endorsement of the state teacher’s union and was bounced from office after serving only one term as mayor of Pineville amid a number of allegations of wrongful behavior.
This would lead one to believe that a conservative Republican blog such as this would heartily endorse Grayson, right?
While we cannot endorse Bruce Hendrickson, the Democrat challenger, neither can we give Grayson an endorsement because of the way he conducted himself in the face of the Democrat onslaught against his party’s governor.
Grayson would have earned our undying gratitude had he helped defend Gov. Ernie Fletcher against the witch hunt of a political investigation that resulted from the personnel probe. At the very least, he could have stayed silent as the Democrats took their shots at Fletcher.
Instead, Grayson actually floated the idea of challenging Fletcher for the GOP nomination this year during the 2006 Fancy Farm picnic. He quickly backed off that idea, but elephants have long memories and we certainly remember Grayson’s act of political opportunism instead of helping the governor upon whose coattails he rode to office four years ago.
Therefore, while we believe Grayson to be the better qualified candidate, we refuse to endorse him in this year’s race and will certainly be skeptical of any races he may attempt in the future. It’s a shame he’s being regarded as a rising star in the state GOP. It looks as if he’s gotten that title by stepping on the backs of those who helped get him that mantel.
And as an aside, we believe that secretary of state, like state treasurer, is an office that should be eliminated and its duties spread elsewhere. If we must have a treasurer, secretary of state or agriculture commissioner, those should be appointed offices in the executive branch, not elected positions.
We’ll be skipping this race when we go to the polls next week. We cannot in good conscience cast our votes for Trey Grayson despite his being the superior candidate.