Republican Gubernatorial candidate David Williams cheered around 75 supporters Friday night at the Cedar Creek Sportsmen's Club, saying, “Four weeks from Tuesday, we'll pull the big surprise.” Williams, who trails incumbent Governor Steve Beshear in the polls, said, “Let them get over confident. (Beshear's running mate) Jerry Abramson is the enemy of every gun owner in the state.”
Before Williams spoke to the crowd, local Republican Party Chairman Jerry Shelton introduce the Republican candidates who attended the rally.
Barack Obama's administration came after the coal industry in Kentucky.” P'Pool promised to fight encroachment on Kentucky by the EPA and other federal regulators and promised to support faith based programs that have proven successful in fighting recidivism among drug abusers.
KC Crosby, who is running for State Treasurer, spoke after a very brief statement by Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson who had to leave early to attend another function.
Crosby, a UK graduate who has served three terms on the Lexington City Council, said that the state auditor said that Todd Hollenbach, the current treasurer, had failed to balance the state's books on three separate occasions and promised that she would provide check and balance on the Executive Branch, regardless who was elected governor in November.
Agricultural Commissioner candidate James Comer could not attend the rally, but former candidate for governor Phil Moffett, who lost to Williams in the primary, spoke on his behalf. Moffett said it was apparent that Bob Farmer, the Democratic candidate, “isn't a farmer, but a stand-up comedian.” Answering a question from the floor, Moffett said that Comer would support returning to the practice of giving half of the federal tobacco money back to farmers.
Last up was Senate President David Williams who was introduced by State Representative Danny Ford. Ford said, that lately he's “heard things about David Williams that I don't like to hear. There being said by people who have to work with him and aren't used to hearing the word 'no'.” Ford attributed Kentucky's taxes staying flat to Williams taking a stand against raising taxes to offset increased spending.
Williams moved quickly through his agenda, significantly saying that he would like to do away with the current state tax system and replace it with a consumption tax. “I want to change the tax system to make it look like other successful states,” he said. Williams also said that he would bring on Dr. Arthur Laffer, a Reagan Administration advisor, as his economic adviser.
Williams also said that he intended to make Kentucky hospitable to business by rolling back all state regulations to the minimum limits required by the federal government. “If you're in compliance with federal law, you will be in compliance with state law,” he said. Williams also said that he will fight prevailing wage laws that make Kentucky noncompetitive for big business.