On Saturday, August 1, the community of Fancy Farm, Kentucky held its annual picnic (one of the biggest picnics in the Commonwealth). Aside from being a famous picnic run by St. Jerome’s Parish, it is also the beginning of the fall campaign for Kentucky’s political candidates.
Here is a list of the races going on in this year’s general election in Kentucky.
Governor: Jack Conway (D) versus Matt Bevin (R). Sandy Overly is Conway’s running mate, and Jenean Hampton is Bevin’s running mate.
Secretary of State: Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) versus Steve Knipper (R).
Treasurer: Rick Nelson (D) versus Allison Ball (R).
Attorney General: Andrew Beshear (D) versus Whitney Westerfield (R).
Auditor: Adam Edelen (D) versus Mike Harmon (R).
Commissioner of Agriculture: Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D) versus Ryan Quarles (R).
Supreme Court Justice (non-partisan): Janet Stumbo versus Sam Wright.
There are also three other races: Commonwealth Attorney for the 56th District of Kentucky, District Judge for the 30th District of Kentucky, and Circuit Judge for the 42nd Circuit of Kentucky.
All of the candidates in the major races spoke, but the main event naturally is the gubernatorial election.
Whereas Bevin focused on the issues and unity among all Kentuckians, Conway (along with his running mate Sandy Overly, Governor Steve Beshear, and Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen) took a series of jabs at Bevin for not being from Kentucky to begin with (Bevin is originally from New Hampshire), but also made a series of accusations against Bevin, consisting of him lying about having a degree from MIT, not paying his taxes, and receiving government bailouts.
While listening to these Democrats talk about Bevin on television, I realized just how full of crap they really were.
First, why are they making a big deal out of Bevin being from another state? He moved to Kentucky in 1999, thus living in the Bluegrass State for over ten years. As long as he is a resident of Kentucky, he is eligible to run.
Next, there is the MIT degree issue. Bevin never claimed to be a graduate of MIT, nor is he an MIT graduate. He attended an executive education program at MIT, but he did not graduate from there. The reason this matter became an issue is because he listed the program under his education on his LinkedIn profile. So when some people looked at his profile, they presumed he had a degree from MIT. But if you look at his entire, you will see the aforementioned program.
In other words, attending just one program at a certain college or university and attending a college or university are two different things. And that is the case in this scenario.
Then, there is matter of Bevin being a tax delinquent. The reason this false accusation came about was due to a missed property tax payment. But the missed payment in question was not Bevin’s fault. Instead, it was the fault of the people who owned the respective property before selling it to Bevin. Thus, it was the previous owners, not Bevin, who had not paid their taxes. It should be noted that all tax obligations were eventually met.
Finally, there is the accusation regarding Bevin receiving government bailouts. In 2012, a fire destroyed a factory owned by Bevin. His insurance company would not cover the cost of replace it, so Bevin sought donations in order to cover the costs. Such donations included state grants, because his business was considered vital to his community.
It is debatable if such grants can be considered government bailouts, but keep in mind that even if they are bailouts, then they pale in comparison to many other bailouts supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
But amidst all the accusations, one thing is clear: Bevin and his fellow Republicans need to emerge victorious in this year’s state constitutional elections.